In her first full season in the U16 level, St. Andrews’ Reece Carter was one win away from a national tennis title.
Carter, with partner and eventual girls’ singles champion Danielle Tuhten of British Columbia, won three matches on their way to the girls’ doubles final at the 2019 Under 16 Rogers Outdoor Junior National Tennis Championships in Gatineau, Que., which were held from Aug. 19 to 24.
The second-seeded pair won three matches on their way to the final before falling to top-seeded Kayla Alexandra Cross of Ontario and Annabelle Xu of Quebec 6-4, 6-3.
Carter and Tuhten received a bye to the Round of 16 where they posted a “double bagel” (6-0, 6-0) against Emma Andrea Tutoveanu and Anlin Xie, both from Ontario, on Aug. 20. In the quarter-finals, Carter and Tuhten were victorious after a 6-3, 6-2 win over Hana Gamracy of Alberta and Grace Haugen of B.C. on Aug. 21. The next day, the pair advanced to the final after a 6-1, 6-1 victory over unseeded Janic Durocher and Josie Usereau, both from Quebec.
Carter is currently ranked 10th nationally and top ranked in Manitoba for under-16 girls’ doubles.
Carter tied for seventh in singles
The St. Andrews product was also seeded third in the girls’ singles draw, but was eliminated in the quarter-finals by Gamracy 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 on Aug. 21.
Carter, the third seed, received a bye to the second round where she defeated Quebec’s Marilou Côté 6-0, 6-1 on Aug. 19. The next day, Carter defeated another Quebecoise Ariane Souligny 6-0, 6-2 to reach the quarter-finals.
After her loss, Carter was sent down to the consolation draw where she promptly defeated Durocher 6-1, 6-1 on Aug. 23. In the semifinals on the same day, Carter fell to the top-seeded Xu 7-5, 6-3.
Carter is top ranked in Manitoba and 19th nationally in under-16 girls’ singles.
At the under-16 indoor nationals earlier in March, Carter finished fourth in girls’ singles but was eliminated in the first round of girls’ doubles with Alberta’s Mia Kupres.