TORONTO (August 9, 2015) - Joel Dembe of Toronto as well as Yuka Chokyu and Mika Ishikawa, both of Vancouver, all won their opening singles matches on Sunday in wheelchair tennis at the Parapan American Games.
In men’s competition, Dembe defeated Mauricio Vega of Colombia 6-3, 6-1 before a hometown crowd at the University of Toronto Tennis Centre in Scarborough.
“I had a solid game-plan today against my opponent and I executed everything pretty much on target,” said Dembe. “I controlled most of the points and was able to hit a lot of winners. Overall, I'm pleased with my performance today.’’
It’s a win, Dembe won’t forget.
‘’Having a great Canadian crowd to play in front of was a dream come true. I loved all the cheering and was happy to come out with a win in front of them all.’’
Philippe Bédard of Bromont, Que., fell 6-1, 6-4 to Robinson Mendez of Chile.
On the women’s side, Chokyu needed over two hours to eliminated Rejane Candida of Brazil 6-7, 6-2, 6-1.
‘’It’s so nice out here that I wanted to play a long time,’’ joked Chokyu. ‘’This was the biggest game I played since 2008 and with the home crowd I was putting too much pressure on myself. After the first set I just left the court area and regrouped.’’
Ishikawa also had a tough match defeating Rosalba Vazquez of Mexico 6-3, 7-6.
Competition continues Monday.