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Odlum Brown Vancouver Open - 2008
Hollyburn Country Club, West Vancouver (July 26 - August 3) - Dudi Sela of Israel, winner of the 2005 event, beat unseeded Kevin Kim of the U.S. 6-3, 6-0 to take the Men's Singles title and Ursula Radwanska of Poland, the world's No. 1-ranked junior last season, beat Julie Coin of France 2-6, 6-3, 7-5 to capture the Women's Singles title (Winners pictured above.)

American Eric Butorac and Travis Parrott won the Men's Doubles by beating the defending champions Rik De Voest of South Africa and Ashley Fisher of Australia 6-4, 7-6.  Carly Gullickson of the U.S. and Nicole Kriz of Australia beat Christina Fusano of the U.S. and Junri Namigata of Japan 6-7, 6-1 [10-5] to win the Women's Doubles title.

Photo 1 (left): Julie Coin of France.

Photo 2: Dudi Sela of Israel.

Photo 3: Ursula Radwanska of Poland.

Photo 4: Kevin Kim of the U.S.

Photo 5: Rebecca Marino of Vancouver. Rebecca and Stefi Gjine of North Vancouver were given wild cards to play in the main draw of the Women's Singles at the Open.  Stefi went on to lose to Nikola Frankova, 6-0, 6-4, in the first round but 17-year-old Rebecca fared better, reaching the quarterfinals where she lost to the eventual winner, Ursula Radwanska, 6-2, 7-5.   At 6'2" and with a huge serve, Rebecca won her first pro title two weeks ago - a doubles victory in a $10,000 Futures event.

Photo 6:  Frederic Niemeyer, last year's Men's Singles winner, lost to fellow Canadian Peter Polansky 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the second round.  Earlier, Frederic rally to beat a local favourite, Philip Bester, the former French Open junior finalist, 7-6, 0-6, 7-6. Frederic will join with Daniel Nestor to represent Canada in Beijing next week.

Photo 7:  Stephen Maloon offered housing to Alex Bogomolov.  Alex lost in the quarterfinals to fellow American Bobby Reynolds (second seed) 5-7, 6-4, 6-3. The top seed in the men's draw, Yen-Hsun Lu of Taiwan, retired in the second round.

BC tennis players
All local players, other than above-mentioned,  lost in the first round of the qualifying singles event.  Jeremy Salvo lost to Kyu Tae Im of Korea 6-1, 6-0, Kamil Pajkowski to Phillip Simmonds of the U.S. 6-2, 6-2, Vasek Pospisil to Luigi D'Agord of Italy 6-4, 6-4, Henry Choi to Jose Statham of New Zealand 6-0, 6-4, Daniel Chu to Tobias Clemens of Germany, 6-2, 6-1, Geoff Hernandez to Adriano Bilasella,of Italy 6-1, 6-3, Patrick Flint to Victor Romero of Mexico 6-2, 6-2 and Carl Ho lost to Noam Okun of Israel, 6-4, 6-1.

The tournament wasn't without its difficulties. Whether because of uncertain weather conditions, the long weekend, or withdrawals of Sebastien Grosjean and Xavier Malisse from the men's tournament, attendance at the finals fell below organizers' expectations.  As with all tournaments, though, there's always next year.

(Photos by Stephen Maloon and Mamood Gouneili)

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