Canada’s Pavel Krainik Wins “Survivor II” Pre-Qualifying Event

Canada’s Pavel Krainik Wins “Survivor II” Pre-Qualifying Event

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Canada’s Pavel Krainik Wins “Survivor II” Pre-Qualifying Event

Top seeded Pavel Krainik defeated No. 2 seed Spencer Papa, 6-2, 7-5, to win the “Survivor II” pre-qualifying tournament at the Delray Swim & Tennis Club on Tuesday.

Krainik’s goal now becomes to make it through the next set of qualifying rounds and into the Delray Open , the ATP World Tour event that’s coming up Feb. 14 – 23 at the Delray Beach Stadium & Tennis Center.

The 21-year-old rising Canadian won his first pro-level tournament in November at the Yucatan Futures event, and is currently is ranked No. 627 in the world in ATP rankings

“This would be my only ATP-level event, aside from Toronto,” said Krainik. “I will work hard and play my best.”

The Russian-born player lived in Spain for five years before moving to Canada where he has lived since he picked up tennis at the age of 8.

It was a disappointing finish for the 18-year-old Papa, who was also runner-up in the 149-player “Survivor I” tournament.

In the November event, Papa lost a close, three-set encounter with ITF world No. 4-ranked junior Stefan Kozlov, 15, of Pembroke Pines.

Papa has signed with the University of Tulsa to play collegiate tennis in the fall.

The top four seeds in “Survivor II’s” 69-player field all reached the semifinal rounds of the four-day “Survivor II” event with Papa defeating No. 3 seed Mark Oljaca of Bradenton, 6-4, 6-4, and Krainik beating No. 4 Ty Trombetta of Hallandale, 6-1, 6-3.

Both Trombetta and Oljaca, a former USF player, are young pros who, like Krainik, are playing on the Futures and Challengers circuits. Trombetta was the 2009 “Survivor III” runner-up.

“It is uncommon and it’s nice,” said tournament director Ivan Baron of the top four seeds matching up in the semifinals.  “You don’t see that very much in tennis.”

With their “Survivor” wins, Krainik and Kozlov have now secured the two wildcards into the 32-player qualifying draw. That tournament begins Saturday, Feb. 15 at the Delray Beach Stadium & Tennis Center, and continues through Monday, Feb. 17.

The top four in the qualifying tournament—players that win three matches each—advance directly into the Delray Beach Open by The Venetian.

The Delray Beach ATP event is in its 22nd year, and 16th in Delray Beach. It is one of 11 ATP World Tour events held annually in the United States.