June 28, 2017

Canadians Bianca Andreescu and Carson Branstine Capture Junior Girls’ Doubles French Open Title

 

Canadians Bianca Andreescu and Carson Branstine Capture Junior French Open Title


Photo Credit: Peter Figura courtesy of Tennis Canada

(June 10, 2017) Bianca Andreescu and Carson Branstine clinched the junior girls doubles trophy at the French Open on Saturday.

The No. 1-seeded all-Canadian duo ousted Russians Olesya Pervushina and Anastasia Potapova 6-1, 6-3 in 57 minutes on the clay courts to claim their second straight Grand Slam together. The pair also won the Australian Open in January for their first major titles.

This is the second trophy a Canadian has claimed at this year’s Roland Garros, as Gabriela Dabrowski made history by becoming the first homegrown woman to win a Grand Slam on Thursday, taking home the mixed doubles crown alongside Indian partner Rohan Bopanna. This marks only the second time Canada has captured more than one title at a Slam behind 2012 Wimbledon (Eugenie Bouchard in girls singles and doubles and Filip Peliwo in boys singles).

Dating back to the US Open in September 2015, Canada has now been represented in the finals of seven straight Slams between the pros and juniors. The streak began with a Junior US Open doubles title courtesy of Felix Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov nearly two years ago.

In 2016, Daniel Nestor was a runner-up in men’s doubles at the Australian Open before Auger-Aliassime made the junior boys final at Roland Garros. At Wimbledon, three Canucks featured in finals – Milos Raonic fell in the men’s singles championship match, and Shapovalov captured the junior crown before teaming with Auger-Aliassime to finish second in the boys doubles draw. And finally, Auger-Aliassime regrouped from his earlier losses to claim the Junior US Open singles crown, and a runner-up finish in doubles with fellow Canuck Benjamin Sigouin.

So far in 2017, Andreescu and Branstine are two-for-two in girls doubles finals, combined with Dabrowski’s historic victory.

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Canadian Denis Shapovalov Wins Drummondville National Bank Challenger

Denis Shapovalov

Canadian Denis Shapovalov Wins Drummondville National Bank Challenger

Tennis Canada – Drummondville, March 19, 2017 – In his first appearance at an ATP World Tour Challenger final, Denis Shapovalov triumphed by a score of 6-3, 6-2 at the at the $75,000 Drummondville National Bank Challenger which was held at the René-Verrier indoor tennis club in Drummondville.

The first set was tightly disputed, with both players taking advantage of their strong left-handed serve. Shapovalov got two early break point opportunities, but failed to convert on either of them. He then faced a break point of his own, but managed to serve his way out of trouble. The Canadian took advantage of his opponent’s service struggles late in the set and finally got the first break of the match, when Bemelmans double faulted. He followed up his break with a strong service game. Backed by an encouraging crowd, Shapovalov closed out the opening set 6-3 in a little over a half an hour, totaling five aces in the process.

 

In the first service game of the second set, the Canadian put pressure on his Belgian opponent, firing an impressive passing shot to go up an early break. He consolidated his break with a hold at love on his serve. Throughout the set, Shapovalov constantly challenged Bemelmans’ serve and was rewarded with another break late in the set to take a commanding lead. The Canadian then had the opportunity to serve out the match in front of a sold-out crowd. He made quick work of his final service game, serving his way to the championship 6-3, 6-2.

 

After the match, Shapovalov was asked about his match. “It was tough, this being my first Challenger final. I started off a little bit nervous, I was having trouble holding on my serve, but I knew if I could stay in the rallies, then I would get my chances”, stated the champion. “I think I did very well competing and making sure I had a chance to win today.”

 

In a match that opposed a young player on the rise against a more experienced opponent, Shapovalov showcased his talent and his place amongst the professionals. The Canadian held his own during the entire tournament, having eliminated elite players such as Edward Corrie, the runner-up at last year’s tournament, Quentin Halys, the tournament’s third seed, and Felix Auger-Aliassime, another young promising Canadian player.

 

Throughout the tournament, the young Shapovalov played some excellent tennis and was able to rely on his weapon of choice, his serve. He totaled 40 aces throughout the course of the week, which was the highest total by any player at the tournament.

 

When asked about his victory, Shapovalov was clearly excited to have won first ATP Challenger title. “It’s an incredible feeling to win my first Challenger event here in Canada and its my second title in three weeks. I am playing great tennis at the moment. I have a lot of confidence right now and hope to continue this in Mexico.”

 

With his win, Shapovalov will climb into the top 200 of the ATP rankings, a first in his young career. This win also represents a number of achievements for the Canadian player. He is the youngest Canadian to win a Challenger title. He is also the third Canadian to win a Challenger title in the past four years, with Frank Dancevic winning in Kosice, Slovakia in 2014 and Peter Polansky in Gatineau last year.

The young Canadian, who leaves on Monday for a series of Challenger events in Mexico.

 

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Canada and Great Britain Tied at 1-1 After Day One of Davis Cup Play

 

 

Vasek Pospisil

(February 3, 2017) OTTAWA 0 Tennis Canada– The Canadian Davis Cup team sits tied with Great Britain 1-1 following the opening day of action at the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group first-round tie at TD Place in Ottawa. Great Britain’s top player, Daniel Evans, secured the first victory of the day on Friday, defeating Denis Shapovalov (Richmond Hill, Ont.) 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 before Canada’s No. 1 player, Vasek Pospisil (Vancouver), overcame Kyle Edmund 6-4, 6-1, 7-6(3).

World No. 45 Evans unhinged Shapovalov in one hour and 50 minutes, breaking the 17-year-old Canadian four times in the three-setter to give Great Britain the early lead. While Shapovalov flaunted his powerful serve, firing 13 aces to Evans’ three, young nerves seemed to have contributed to his 39 unforced errors on the scoresheet.

“Just [Evans’] confidence alone, those points at deuce, those break points. He knows he’s got them, he knows what to do,” Shapovalov said in the post-match press conference. “I think I played the right way, my strategy was right. I felt like I was right there with him. It was very close and I had my chances but he played the big points better. That’s tennis, I’ve got to move on from it.”

Denis Shapovalov

But Shapovalov has shifted his focus to the matches ahead, and kept the bigger picture in perspective.

“I’m playing for my country first of all, and myself second so I’m going to give it all I have every single match I play, so that was that. The match is over and I did everything I could. Now I’m getting ready for Sunday.”

In the second match of the day, Pospisil turned things around for Canada. He dominated Great Britain’s No. 2 player Kyle Edmund and closed out the second match of the day in just over two hours. The 22-year-old Brit challenged Pospisil in the third set, forcing a tiebreak, but a strong performance from the Vancouver resident at the net and the support of a roaring crowd helped him capture the win. Pospisil won 86 per cent of first serve points, and didn’t allow Edmund a single break from four opportunities throughout the contest.

“I’ve been struggling of late to get some momentum and rhythm in matches and confidence. It’s been a bit frustrating but I’ve been trying to stay patient and I knew that it was going to click at some point. This is a bit of a turning point for me, and Davis Cup is a good platform for me to get some confidence and momentum,” Pospisil said after the match. “I enjoy playing in front of a home crowd, and for my team and country. Whether it’s that’s little bit of adrenaline to get me out of a slump, I don’t know but I’m definitely thrilled with the way I played.”
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“This court suits Vasek really well,” said Canadian captain Martin Laurendeau. “It forces him to play a certain way and it exposes his strengths tremendously. I had full confidence in Vasek going in. The set-up is perfect for him – Davis Cup and especially the crowd.”

The crowd in question, which was the largest-ever attended Davis Cup day hosted in Canada, clocked in at 6,962 and provided constant energy and support throughout the day’s action.

Play picks back up on Saturday at 1 p.m. ET with the doubles match, scheduled to feature Canadians Daniel Nestor (Toronto) and Pospisil against Jamie Murray and Dominic Inglot. The team captains have until one hour before the match to change their nominations. The tie will conclude on Sunday with the two reverse singles matches, scheduled to begin at 12 p.m. ET. All matches will be best-of-five sets, with the exception of Sunday’s matches if the tie has already been decided.

Limited availability for tickets on Saturday and Sunday remain. They can be purchased online at TDPlace.ca, by phone at 1-877-489-2849, or in person at the box office at TD Place.

Matches will be shown on Sportsnet ONE on Saturday and OLN on Sunday, and TVA Sports on both days. Please check local listings for the full schedule.

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American Catherine Bellis Wins Saguenay National Bank Challenger

CiCi Bellis

CiCi Bellis

Saguenay, October 23, 2016 – It was a final between two of tennis’ brightest rising stars on Sunday with 16-year-old Bianca Andreescu (Mississauga, ON) and 17-year-old American Catherine Bellis going head-to-head for the singles title at the eleventh edition of the $50,000 Saguenay National Bank Challenger.

In the end, it was the older Bellis, seeded first in the tournament, who came away with a 6-4, 6-2 victory to capture the biggest professional title of her career to date. The American played a virtually flawless brand of tennis in the match and throughout the week, going through the draw without losing more than four games in a set.

“I am so happy right now, this is the best day of my career so far,” newly crowned champion Bellis said. “Bianca (Andreescu) had a great week, she played so well to get to the final and I am sure this won’t be the last time we’ll play eachother.”

With the win, Bellis picks up her second title of the season and she will reach a career-high WTA ranking on Monday, improving on her previous best of no. 110.

Despite the loss, Andreescu still enjoyed a strong week in Saguenay, reaching the final in singles and doubles. This was the biggest pro final of her career and she will break into the Top 400 on the WTA rankings for the first time. At 16 years of age, Andreescu is the youngest finalist in tournament history.

“Today wasn’t my best day, but Cici (Bellis) deserves all of the credit, she didn’t let me into the match and made it really tough on me,” Andreescu said. This was still a big week for me, I am proud  about making my first $50,000 Challenger final, especially here at home.”

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Novak Djokovic Beats Kei Nishikori for Toronto Title and 30th Masters Series Trophy

26-Djokovic Kisses trophy

 

(July 31, 2016) Novak Djokovic won his fourth Rogers Cup title on Sunday in Toronto beating Japan’s Kei Nishikori 6-3, 7-5. For the Serb, the world’s top player it’s his 30th Masters Series title on the ATP World Tour, adding to his Masters title record. In the event which rotates between Toronto and Montreal, Djokovic also won titles in 2007, 2011 and 2012.

Djokovic, who has nine straight wins against Nishikori, is now 33-1 on hard courts for the year.

“I think he stepped it up,” said Nishikori. “He raise his level I think a lot from these couple days, couple days ago.

“He played really deep, and he didn’t give me any, like, free points. Especially he was serving really well, so I didn’t have many, you know, chance for my return game. So I was really feeling the pressure every game.

“Maybe second set maybe I had some chance, but there was too many unforced errors from me. Well, also he was playing good, but I couldn’t play good tennis today.”

 

“I think, like I said, I had too many unforced errors especially during important points. Yeah, he was returning really well today, I think. I was hitting some good first serves, but he was making return in deep.

“I hope I can step it up a little more and winning some titles, but I think still Novak is biggest challenge for me to win against him. Especially on hard court he’s been beating me. You know, not easy but two sets. Miami, here, especially big match like here in final.

“So I think I need more experience, you know, of these kind of matches, but I think this is a great week even though I lost Novak. It was second time this year in the final, Masters. I think getting closer and closer. So hope I can get a Masters title as soon as possible.

“I think that’s going to give me a lot of confidence for winning the Grand Slams and those big tournaments.

This is Djokovic’s seventh title of the year which includes victories at two majors – the Australian Open and the French Open with Masters titles at Indian Wells, Miami, Madrid and Toronto, as well as a tournament in Doha.

Djokovic, whose next stop is Rio de Janiero for the Olympic Games was asked about his participation and if he has concerns about playing there.

“No, no. Really, again, I think it’s all in our minds,” he said about people having reservations about playing in Rio. “Depends how you really approach things. I really don’t think about negative stuff and stuff that might cause a fear or concern or something like that, like viruses or security issues.

“Surely they are there. We have to be, in a way, cautious. But I try to look at things from the brighter side. I’m part of the Olympic Games. You know, it’s a very exciting city and country that is very passionate for sports. You know, millions of people will be there. You know, so many other millions will watch it on the TV. That’s the kind of vibe that I feed on, and I look forward to the Olympic Games because I approach it in that way. So I can’t wait to be there.”

Asked about the importance of winning a gold medal to his legacy he commented:

“Well, there is going to be a lot going on with the Olympic Games, and as you mentioned, different sports and different events.

“Well, it’s the biggest sports event in the history of the sport, so to be part of it is already a huge privilege and honor that I will cherish, as I did in Beijing and London Olympic Games.

“I had an honor of carrying the flag for my country in London back in 2012, and that was one of the most unique and unforgettable moments of my life. So I look forward to that, honestly, just being part of it.

“Approaching the Olympic Games as any other tournament, really. Trying to respect the same kind of preparation and routine that I have with my team and that I have respected for so many years, and that has worked well for us this week and as most of the other weeks the last couple of years.

“So of course the overall sensation is not going to be the same as the other tournaments, because it’s Olympic Games. You know, of course you represent your country. You know, you get to feel that you’re part of something much larger than just the tennis event. I look forward to that. I’m going to try to extract that positivity out of that huge attention and energy that will be directed into the Olympic Games and hopefully put myself in a position to battle for a medal.”

“After Grand Slams, these are the biggest events we have in sport of tennis,” Djokovic continued. “Naturally I’m going to be very disciplined, committed, and focused to do well.

“But, you know, obviously Grand Slams you value those, you know, the most because in the history books they count the most. But in the other hand, you know, I love playing in Masters tournaments throughout my career. I have had plenty of success in this particular category of events, and I’m very grateful for that because I always value them as much as I value Grand Slams.

“So, you know, I try to approach every single day, whether it’s a match day or practice day, with the right mindset and knowing that this will eventually pay off down the road.”

Djokovic captured the bronze medal at the 2008 Olympic games.

 

All photos by Nida Alibhai.

 

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Toronto Results, Schedule and Photo Gallery

 

Raonic and Monfils

 

(July 29, 2016) TORONTO – All photos by Nida Alibhai from Friday.

 

 

 

 

 

Rogers Cup
Toronto, Canada

RESULTS – FRIDAY, 29 JULY 2016

Singles – Quarter-finals
[1] N. Djokovic (SRB) d [5] T. Berdych (CZE) 76(6) 64
[2] S. Wawrinka (SUI) d K. Anderson (RSA) 61 63
[3] K. Nishikori (JPN) d G. Dimitrov (BUL) 63 36 62
[10] G. Monfils (FRA) d [4] M. Raonic (CAN) 64 64

Doubles – Quarter-finals
[5] F. Mergea (ROU) / H. Tecau (ROU) d [1] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA) 63 63
[2] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA) d [7] R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA) 36 75 10-4
[3] I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Melo (BRA) d [8] H. Kontinen (FIN) / J. Peers (AUS) 36 64 10-8
[6] D. Nestor (CAN) / V. Pospisil (CAN) d T. Berdych (CZE) / R. Stepanek (CZE) 63 76(6)

SCHEDULE – SATURDAY, 30 JULY 2016

CENTRE COURT start 12:20 pm
[5] F. Mergea (ROU) / H. Tecau (ROU) vs [3] I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Melo (BRA)

Not Before 3:00 pm
[3] K. Nishikori (JPN) vs [2] S. Wawrinka (SUI)

Not Before 5:50 pm
[6] D. Nestor (CAN) / V. Pospisil (CAN) vs [2] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA)

Not Before 8:00 pm
[1] N. Djokovic (SRB) vs [10] G. Monfils (FRA)

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Toronto Results, Schedule and Photo Gallery

(July 28, 2016) TORONTO – All photos by Nida Alibhai from Wednesday.

 

 

 

 

 

Rogers Cup
Toronto, Canada

RESULTS – THURSDAY, 28 JULY 2016

Singles – Second Round
[1] N. Djokovic (SRB) d [Q] R. Stepanek (CZE) 62 64
[2] S. Wawrinka (SUI) d [16] J. Sock (USA) 76(3) 62
[3] K. Nishikori (JPN) d R. Ram (USA) 63 64
[4] M. Raonic (CAN) d [Q] J. Donaldson (USA) 62 63
[5] T. Berdych (CZE) d [Q] R. Harrison (USA) 64 67(2) 64
[10] G. Monfils (FRA) d [7] D. Goffin (BEL) 76(5) 26 64
K. Anderson (RSA) d [12] B. Tomic (AUS) 46 63 64
G. Dimitrov (BUL) d I. Karlovic (CRO) 63 75

Doubles – Second Round
[1] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA) d M. Matkowski (POL) / M. Mirnyi (BLR) 64 64
[2] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA) d B. Tomic (AUS) / V. Troicki (SRB) 63 62
[6] D. Nestor (CAN) / V. Pospisil (CAN) d N. Kyrgios (AUS) / J. Sock (USA) 76(4) 01 Ret. (Sock arm)
[7] R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA) d [WC] P. Bester (CAN) / A. Shamasdin (CAN) 64 76(4)
[8] H. Kontinen (FIN) / J. Peers (AUS) d G. Dimitrov (BUL) / S. Wawrinka (SUI) 76(4) 62

SCHEDULE – FRIDAY, 29 JULY 2016

CENTRE COURT start 12:30 pm
K. Anderson (RSA) vs [2] S. Wawrinka (SUI)
G. Dimitrov (BUL) vs [3] K. Nishikori (JPN)

Not Before 6:30 pm
[1] N. Djokovic (SRB) vs [5] T. Berdych (CZE)
[4] M. Raonic (CAN) vs [10] G. Monfils (FRA)

GRANDSTAND start 11:00 am
[1] B. Bryan (USA) / M. Bryan (USA) vs [5] F. Mergea (ROU) / H. Tecau (ROU)
[7] R. Klaasen (RSA) / R. Ram (USA) vs [2] J. Murray (GBR) / B. Soares (BRA)
[3] I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Melo (BRA) vs [8] H. Kontinen (FIN) / J. Peers (AUS)

Not Before 7:30 pm
After Suitable Rest – [6] D. Nestor (CAN) / V. Pospisil (CAN) vs T. Berdych (CZE) / R. Stepanek (CZE)

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Toronto Results, Schedule and Photo Gallery

(July 26, 2016) TORONTO – All photos by Nida Alibhai.

 

 

Rogers Cup
Toronto, Canada

RESULTS – TUESDAY, 26 JULY 2016

Singles – Second Round
[2] S. Wawrinka (SUI) d M. Youzhny (RUS) 76(3) 76(8)
[5] T. Berdych (CZE) d B. Coric (CRO) 46 61 64

First Round
[10] G. Monfils (FRA) d J. Sousa (POR) 63 63
[13] L. Pouille (FRA) d [Q] E. Gomez (ECU) 67(8) 64 75
[Q] R. Stepanek (CZE) d [14] B. Paire (FRA) 61 63
F. Fognini (ITA) d [15] S. Johnson (USA) 64 64
Y. Lu (TPE) d A. Zverev (GER) 75 63
[Q] J. Donaldson (USA) d J. Millman (AUS) 64 43 ret. (left wrist)
V. Pospisil (CAN) d J. Chardy (FRA) 76(3) 00 ret. (right foot)
I. Karlovic (CRO) d T. Fritz (USA) 67(9) 76(5) 62
R. Ram (USA) d E. Gulbis (LAT) 64 62
[Q] D. Novikov (USA) d F. Delbonis (ARG) 64 63
D. Young (USA) d A. Dolgopolov (UKR) 76(6) 64

Doubles – First Round
J. Isner (USA) / A. Zverev (GER) d R. Lindstedt (SWE) / S. Querrey (USA) 76(4) 63
[PR] M. Cilic (CRO) / M. Draganja (CRO) d J. Benneteau (FRA) / E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA) 63 64
N. Kyrgios (AUS) / J. Sock (USA) d G. Muller (LUX) / B. Paire (FRA) 64 62
[WC] P. Bester (CAN) / A. Shamasdin (CAN) d N. Djokovic (SRB) / N. Zimonjic (SRB) 75 46 10-2
B. Tomic (AUS) / V. Troicki (SRB) d [WC] F. Auger Aliassime (CAN) / D. Shapovalov (CAN) 64 63

SCHEDULE – WEDNESDAY, 27 JULY 2016

CENTRE COURT start 11:00 am
[Q] D. Novikov (USA) vs [3] K. Nishikori (JPN)
Not Before 1:00 pm
[1] N. Djokovic (SRB) vs G. Muller (LUX)
T. Berdych (CZE) / R. Stepanek (CZE) vs [4] R. Bopanna (IND) / J. Rojer (NED)
Not Before 6:30 pm
[4] M. Raonic (CAN) vs Y. Lu (TPE)
G. Dimitrov (BUL) vs [WC] D. Shapovalov (CAN)

GRANDSTAND start 11:00 am
[9] J. Isner (USA) vs [Q] R. Harrison (USA)
[6] D. Thiem (AUT) vs K. Anderson (RSA)
[8] M. Cilic (CRO) vs I. Karlovic (CRO)
[10] G. Monfils (FRA) vs V. Pospisil (CAN)
[3] I. Dodig (CRO) / M. Melo (BRA) vs [PR] M. Cilic (CRO) / M. Draganja (CRO)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am
[WC] P. Polansky (CAN) vs [Q] R. Stepanek (CZE)
[WC] S. Diez (CAN) vs [12] B. Tomic (AUS)
[16] J. Sock (USA) vs D. Young (USA)
M. Matkowski (POL) / M. Mirnyi (BLR) vs L. Kubot (POL) / A. Peya (AUT)

COURT 4 start 11:00 am
[13] L. Pouille (FRA) vs R. Ram (USA)
S. Querrey (USA) vs [7] D. Goffin (BEL)
[Q] J. Donaldson (USA) vs F. Fognini (ITA)
J. Isner (USA) / A. Zverev (GER) vs [5] F. Mergea (ROU) / H. Tecau (ROU)

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2016 Rogers Cup – Toronto and Montreal Results and Schedules

 

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TORONTO RESULTS, MONDAY JULY 25, 2016

Men’s
Singles – First Round

[9] J. Isner (USA) d D. Sela (ISR) 46 63 62
[WC] D. Shapovalov (CAN) d [11] N. Kyrgios (AUS) 76(2) 36 63
[12] B. Tomic (AUS) d [Q] A. Gonzalez (COL) 64 76(1)
[16] J. Sock (USA) d D. Kudla (USA) 62 62
G. Muller (LUX) d [PR] D. Tursunov (RUS) 76(5) 61
[WC] P. Polansky (CAN) d [Q] T. Smyczek (USA) 46 63 60
[Q] R. Harrison (USA) d A. Kuznetsov (RUS) 63 61
B. Coric (CRO) d I. Dodig (CRO) 57 64 62
S. Querrey (USA) d [WC] F. Dancevic (CAN) 76(5) 64
G. Dimitrov (BUL) d Y. Sugita (JPN) 57 76(5) 64
K. Anderson (RSA) d V. Troicki (SRB) 76(4) 63
[WC] S. Diez (CAN) d K. Edmund (GBR) 36 63 62
M. Youzhny (RUS) d S. Robert (FRA) 63 76(6)

Men’s
Doubles – First Round

G. Dimitrov (BUL) / S. Wawrinka (SUI) d L. Pouille (FRA) / D. Thiem (AUT) 46 76(2) 12-10
T. Berdych (CZE) / R. Stepanek (CZE) d F. Martin (FRA) / J. Sousa (POR) 61 36 11-9

MONTREAL RESULTS, MONDAY JULY 25, 2016

Women’s /
Singles – First Round

[12] P. Kvitova (CZE) d [Q] M. Linette (POL) 61 62
[13] S. Stosur (AUS) d H. Watson (GBR) 75 63
[17] E. Svitolina (UKR) d [Q] J. Brady (USA) 62 64
[Q] N. Broady (GBR) d M. Puig (PUR) 36 64 62
M. Brengle (USA) d E. Makarova (RUS) 64 16 64
B. Strycova (CZE) d [WC] C. Garcia (FRA) 26 63 63
D. Gavrilova (AUS) d A. Beck (GER) 64 63
[Q] C. Giorgi (ITA) d S. Stephens (USA) 76(2) 76(4)
M. Lucic-Baroni (CRO) d [Q] N. Hibino (JPN) 62 60

Women’s
Doubles – First Round

K. Bondarenko (UKR) / O. Savchuk (UKR) d [5] T. Babos (HUN) / L. Safarova (CZE) 62 62
[WC] S. Halep (ROU) / M. Niculescu (ROU) d G. Dabrowski (CAN) / A. Kudryavtseva (RUS) 63 62
TORONTO ORDER OF PLAY – TUESDAY, JULY 26, 2016

CENTRE COURT start 11:00 am
Y. Lu (TPE) vs A. Zverev (GER)

Not Before 1:00 pm
[10] G. Monfils (FRA) vs J. Sousa (POR)
B. Coric (CRO) vs [5] T. Berdych (CZE)

Not Before 7:00 pm
V. Pospisil (CAN) vs J. Chardy (FRA)
M. Youzhny (RUS) or S. Robert (FRA) vs [2] S. Wawrinka (SUI)

GRANDSTAND start 11:00 am
[Q] R. Stepanek (CZE) vs [14] B. Paire (FRA)
N. Djokovic (SRB) / N. Zimonjic (SRB) vs [WC] P. Bester (CAN) / A. Shamasdin (CAN)
D. Young (USA) vs A. Dolgopolov (UKR)
F. Fognini (ITA) vs [15] S. Johnson (USA)
I. Karlovic (CRO) vs T. Fritz (USA)

COURT 1 start 11:00 am 
[Q] D. Novikov (USA) vs F. Delbonis (ARG)

Not Before 12:00 noon
[13] L. Pouille (FRA) vs [Q] E. Gomez (ECU)
After Suitable Rest – R. Lindstedt (SWE) / S. Querrey (USA) vs J. Isner (USA) / A. Zverev (GER)
B. Tomic (AUS) / V. Troicki (SRB) vs [WC] F. Auger Aliassime (CAN) / D. Shapovalov (CAN)

COURT 4 start 11:00 am
J. Millman (AUS) vs [Q] J. Donaldson (USA)
E. Gulbis (LAT) vs R. Ram (USA)
After Suitable Rest – G. Muller (LUX) / B. Paire (FRA) vs N. Kyrgios (AUS) / J. Sock (USA)
J. Benneteau (FRA) / E. Roger-Vasselin (FRA) vs [PR] M. Cilic (CRO) / M. Draganja (CRO)

MONTREAL ORDER OF PLAY – TUESDAY, JULY 26, 2016

CENTRAL start 12:30 pm
[WC] A. Wozniak (CAN) vs S. Errani (ITA)

Not Before 2:30 pm
L. Safarova (CZE) vs E. Bouchard (CAN)

Not Before 6:30 pm
[3] G. Muguruza (ESP) vs [Q] N. Broady (GBR)
D. Gavrilova (AUS) vs [5] S. Halep (ROU)

BANQUE NATIONALE start 12:30 pm
A. Cornet (FRA) vs A. Petkovic (GER)
[10] M. Keys (USA) vs E. Vesnina (RUS)

Not Before 4:00 pm
S. Rogers (USA) vs [15] J. Konta (GBR)

Not Before 6:30 pm
[WC] F. Abanda (CAN) vs [Q] S. Zheng (CHN)
[11] D. Cibulkova (SVK) vs [Q] M. Duque-Mariño (COL)

COURT 9 start 12:30 pm
Y. Putintseva (KAZ) vs [16] A. Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)

Not Before 2:00 pm
[Q] A. Kudryavtseva (RUS) vs K. Mladenovic (FRA)
T. Babos (HUN) vs [Q] V. King (USA)
After suitable rest – [WC] E. Bouchard (CAN) / C. Zhao (CAN) vs [7] R. Atawo (USA) / A. Spears (USA)

COURT 5 start 12:30 pm
[Q] S. Zhang (CHN) vs [LL] C. Mchale (USA)
[14] K. Pliskova (CZE) vs [Q] K. Bondarenko (UKR)
After suitable rest – [WC] A. Kerber (GER) / A. Petkovic (GER) vs C. Mchale (USA) / A. Muhammad (USA)
After suitable rest – C. Liang (CHN) / N. Melichar (USA) vs [8] K. Pliskova (CZE) / B. Strycova (CZE)

COURT 2 start 12:30 pm
M. Doi (JPN) vs D. Kasatkina (RUS)

Not Before 2:00 pm
M. Niculescu (ROU) vs J. Ostapenko (LAT)
Y. Wickmayer (BEL) vs [Q] K. Kucova (SVK)
B. Mattek-Sands (USA) / H. Watson (GBR) vs D. Kasatkina (RUS) / S. Kuznetsova (RUS)

COURT 10 start Not Before 3:00 pm
After suitbale rest – A. Klepac (SLO) / K. Srebotnik (SLO) vs S. Errani (ITA) / R. Vinci (ITA) 00
TORONTO DRAWS
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MONTREAL DRAWS
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Rogers Cup Day 1: Kvitova, Stosur Overcome the Rain in Montreal Opener

Sam Stosur

Sam Stosur

Rogers Cup Day 01: Kvitova, Stosur Overcome the Rain in Montreal Opener
By Charles David Mathieu-Poulin | Montreal

(July 25, 2016) MONTREAL – In a day interrupted by numerous rain showers, former 2012 winner Petra Kvitova and 2011 finalist Samantha Stosur have advanced to the second round of the Montreal Rogers Cup.

Kvitova, seeded 12th, has been coming off a difficult 2016: the two-time Wimbledon champion, who usually excels on grass, failed to win two matches in a row in any of her three grass tournaments. For her first match on North American hardcourt, she was facing difficult humid and heavy conditions, which have proved difficult for her in the past. Also, her opponent, qualifier Magda Linette, was coming off an impressive win against Sabine Lisicki this weekend and had pushed Venus Williams to a third set last week in Stanford. On paper, the upset looked possible.

But that was underestimating Kvitova, who is known for coming out with dominant performances when they are least expected. Right from the get-go, she looked like the player who won this same event in 2012: incredibly powerful in every aspect of the game. Her serve was especially on point today, not allowing one single break point to Linette in the 6-1 6-2 win. There was just nothing the Pole could do in, and Alizé Cornet or Andrea Petkovic will have a lot on their plate in the second round if Kvitova keeps that consistent level of play.

Samantha Stosur, who reached the final at the Rogers Cup in 2011 right before her US Open win, was also facing tough competition in Heather Watson. The Brit, who was just coming from her inspiring mixed doubles title in her home slam at Wimbledon, has had success on hard court this year, including her third WTA title in Monterey. Stosur, the 13th seed, drew first blood taking an early 5-3 lead, before feisty Watson leveled the match at 5-all. The Australian, who relies on her heavy forehand and trademarked kick serve, upped her aggression which proved to be too much for the more defensive Watson. After closing the first set 7-5, she broke three times in the second set to wrap up this first round in two sets.

“I thought it was pretty good (performance) considering we had to wait a long time to play,” said Stosur. “Sometimes it’s hard to kind of find some rhythm, you know, get really good energy out on the court after you’ve been sitting around for a long time.

“I was quite pleased overall with how I played. There’s obviously things you want to do better. But to get through that in straight sets, I’m pretty happy.”

Stosur noted the keys to her win:”I feel like when I was able to go back behind her to her backhand, that worked well. Overall I thought I served pretty well, so there wasn’t, like, a lot of points on serve where she could really dictate off the first shot. If I could get a good strike, I was in good shape to win those points. I think I was able to attack her second serve pretty well.”

Other notable matches on Monday saw Daria Gavrilova beat Annika Beck 6-4,6-3 to set up a mouth-watering night match on Tuesday against Simon Halep, while Madison Brengle and Barbora Strycova respectively fought past Ekaterina Makarova and Caroline Garcia in high-quality three set battles.

Tuesday marks the entrance of local star Eugenie Bouchard in a battle of Grand Slam finalists against Lucie Safarova; also on court will be 3rd seed and French Open champion Garbine Muguruza, 10th seed Madison Keys, Stanford winner Johanna Konta and Dominika Cibulkova.

RESULTS – JULY 25, 2016
Women’s Singles – First Round
[12] P. Kvitova (CZE) d [Q] M. Linette (POL) 61 62
[13] S. Stosur (AUS) d H. Watson (GBR) 75 63
[17] E. Svitolina (UKR) d [Q] J. Brady (USA) 62 64
[Q] N. Broady (GBR) d M. Puig (PUR) 36 64 62
M. Brengle (USA) d E. Makarova (RUS) 64 16 64
B. Strycova (CZE) d [WC] C. Garcia (FRA) 26 63 63
D. Gavrilova (AUS) d A. Beck (GER) 64 63
[Q] C. Giorgi (ITA) d S. Stephens (USA) 76(2) 76(4)
M. Lucic-Baroni (CRO) d [Q] N. Hibino (JPN) 62 60

Women’s Doubles – First Round
K. Bondarenko (UKR) / O. Savchuk (UKR) d [5] T. Babos (HUN) / L. Safarova (CZE) 62 62
[WC] S. Halep (ROU) / M. Niculescu (ROU) d G. Dabrowski (CAN) / A. Kudryavtseva (RUS) 63 62

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