“ What a Match ” Victoria International Women’s ITF Tennis

Imani Graham

The first day of qualifying at the Encore $15,000 Victoria International Women’s ITF is in the books.


The match of the day was Imani Graham of USA against Ai Kamiyoshihara…a 4 hour marathon which saw Graham win 7-5 in the third.


“It was terrific tennis….long rallies .…mental toughness from both players…it was a treat to watch”, commented the EncoreFX $15,000 Victoria International Tournament Director, Eric Knoester.


Saturday featured 8 singles matches with 5 Canadians proving victorious to move to the final 16 on Sunday.


Sundays Match Schedule


The 10 am Feature match will be Elyse Edwards from (Australia) vs Helen Abigail Altick (USA).


In the  round to follow, Andreea Craciun of Vancouver will face Kana Daniel, former University of Pennsylvania tennis standout. 


Daniel, whose hometown is Valencia Spain is part of a strong tennis family – her brother Taro  is currently ranked 93 in the world on the ATP Tour. Craciun was victorious in a hard fought battle Saturday with a 6-4, 7-5 victory over Alexandra Tutecky of Toronto.


Play starts at 10 and will continue through the day until about 430pm in the afternoon.  Winners of Sunday’s Qualifying Round matches will gain a berth in Main Draw Singles Action starting on Monday.