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Odlum Brown Vancouver Open - 2009
Hollyburn Country Club, West Vancouver (August 1 - 9) - Stephanie Dubois became the first Canadian woman to win the Odlum Brown VanOpen, beating Sania Mirza of India 1-6, 6-4, 6-4.  Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus beat Belgium's Xavier Malisse, 6-4, 6-4, to take the Men's Singles title.

Marcos, the former world No. 8, is currently on the comeback trail after battling injuries. He reached the Australian Open final and the Wimbledon semi-final in 2006.

Photo 1: Xavier Malisse, the former world top-20 and the winner of 2004 French Open Doubles won a $50,000 Challenger event in Granby, Que., earlier last week.

Photo 2: Sania Mirza, the former world No. 28, is trying to build back her ranking following wrist surgery.

Photo 3: Rik De Voest, left, and his fellow South African, Kevin Anderson, won the Men's Doubles by beating Kaes Vanthof of the U.S. and Ramon Delgado of Praguay, 6-4, 6-4.  It was the fourth straight year in the final for Rik De Voest.  Rik, the winner of the 2006 Men's Singles title, lost this year in the first round of Singles to Kyu Tae Im, the top player in Korea, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3.

Photo 4: Twenty-year-old  Philip Bester of North Vancouver played the best tennis of his life this year to reach the quarter-final, where he lost to Marcos Baghdatis,  the eventual winner, in a three-set thriller, 6-3, 5-7, 7-5.  Next up for Philip is the qualifying draw for the $750,000 ATP event in New Haven, Conn., in a couple of weeks.

Photo 5: On the look out, Rebecca Marino of Vancouver and her mom. The 6'2" Rebecca made the quarter-finals here again this year where she took Sania Mirza to three sets before losing the match,7-6, 6-7,  6-4.  Rebecca, now ranked top-200 in the world, has been wild-carded into the qualifying draw for the $2 million Rogers Cup which begins next week.

Photo 6:  American, Ryler Deheart, left, and Taylor Dent.   Seventeen-year-old Ryler upset seed No. 2, Michael Berrer, in the first round 7-5, 6-2 but fell to Taylor, 6-3, 6-3. Taylor Dent in turn lost to Xavier Malisse in the quarter-finals, 6-3, 6-3.
Photo 7:  Tennis Fashion Show during the Opening Ceremony.  

Photo 8:  The Australian, Bernard Tomic, and Carsten Ball.  Sixteen-year-old Tomic lost in the Men's Qualifying Draw and 20-year-old Ball in the first round of the Main Draw.  Ball was born and raised in California, the scene of the ATP breakthrough that has earned the Australian Davis Cup player a career-high ranking of 145th. Ball last week made the final of  the $700,000 Los Angeles ATP main tour event, where he lost to 2007 VanOpen finalist Sam Querrey.

Photo 9:  Katerina Boiko of Burnaby, BC and her dad, Andre.   Fourteen-year-old Katerina showed her potential by beating No. 578 ranked, American Stacey Tan, in the first round of the Women's Qualifying Draw, 2-6, 6-4, 6-0. She then went on to lose to No. 340 ranked Lena Litvak, in the second round.

Photo 10:  Peter Gerimsey and Gord Smith were coordinating the ball-boys, and there were hundreds of them!  Many other volunteers, as well, helped to make sure the tournament would be a great success. . . Thank you!

The women's final was all-American, Ahsha Rolle and Rizza Zalameda defeating Madison Brengle and Lilia Osterloh, 6-2, 6-2.

The British No. 2, Alex Bogdanovic, lost in the semis to Marcos Baghdatis, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3.

The players' line-up this year assured that attendance at the event exceeded organizers' expectations.

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