July 5,2014(ISN) – Philip Bester (North Vancouver) and Filip Peliwo (Vancouver) will take on each other for a place in the $15K Capri & Chubb Insurance Kelowna Futures championship match after the two Canadians were both victorious in their respective quarter-finals on Friday.
Top-seeded Peliwo advanced via a 6-4, 6-3 triumph over American Kyle McMorrow, the tournament’s No. 6 seed. The 20-year-old former junior world No. 1 has yet to lose a set this week.
Bester, playing in just his second tournament since recovering from hip surgery, captured a 7-6(3), 6-2 victory versus another American, Mousheg Hovhannisyan. The 25-year-old, seeded No. 3 in Kelowna, didn’t drop his serve once throughout the match.
Peliwo and Bester have played each other just once before on the professional circuit, with Bester clinching a very close 7-6(6), 3-6, 7-6(3) win in the quarter-finals of the 2013 $15,000 Calgary event. They were also scheduled to face one another in the $15K Mayfair Futures final in Markham, Ont. last September but Bester was forced to withdraw due to a bout of food poisoning.
At last week’s $15K Richmond Country Club Futures, Peliwo was a finalist while Bester made the quarter-finals.
The second semifinal will pit Richmond champion, No. 4 seed Dennis Novikov of the United States, against No. 2 Benjamin Mitchell of Australia. Novikov was a 6-2, 6-4 winner over countryman Alexander Sarkissian while Mitchell ousted American Oscar Fabian Matthews in similar straight-sets fashion 6-3, 6-2. Saturday’s semifinal will be the first meeting between Novikov and Mitchell.
Unseeded American duo Carl Eguez and Anderson Reed were crowned doubles champions on Friday, wrapping up the team draw with a 7-6(2), 7-6(4) win versus No. 4 pair Bester and Matt Seeberger of the United States in the final.
The semifinals will commence on Saturday at 1 p.m. local time/4 p.m. ET at the Parkinson Recreation Centre in Kelowna. Novikov and Mitchell will lead off, with the all-Canadian contest to take place not before 3 p.m. local time/7 p.m. ET.