August 3, 2013
The first day of qualifying matches is complete at the 2013 Rogers Cup presented by National Bank, with a handful of players moving one step closer to entering the main draw of the tournament.
The first Canadian to triumph at Rexall Centre on Saturday was Gabriela Dabrowski, who used her sharp return of serve to oust No. 10 seed Karolina Pliskova, 6-4, 6-4 on Centre Court.
Three Canadian wild cards who also competed early in the day were unfortunately eliminated from the competition on their home courts. Petra Januskova took on Lara Arruabarrena at Grandstand Court and was defeated 6-3, 6-1. World No. 40 Madison Keys ousted Sonja Molnar 6-2, 6-2 to advance, and Elisabeth Fournier fell 6-0, 6-0 to American No. 96-ranked Alison Riske.
Heather Watson, ranked at No. 76 and seeded No. 12 in the draw, was upset by Ukrainian Olga Savchuk, who eliminated the Englishwoman 6-3, 6-3. Savchuk’s next challenge will be Arruabarrena in tomorrow’s final round of qualifying.
South Africa’s No. 70 Chanelle Scheepers defeated Top 150 player Jessica Pegula 6-1, 6-1 on Centre Court. She will now face No. 83-ranked Caroline Garcia in the next round after the Frenchwoman eliminated Chieh-Yu Hsu 6-0, 6-2.
After a withdrawal from Marina Erakovic, Canadian Carol Zhao was pitted against Daria Jurak, and she defeated the Croatian 6-4, 6-4 to become the second homegrown talent advancing in the qualifiers. Zhao will face Irina-Camelia Begu in tomorrow’s final-round match.
Romaina’s Alexandra Dulgheru eliminated Olga Govortsova 6-1, 3-6, 6-2. Dulgheru will take on Kazakhstan’s Galina Voskoboeva, who ousted Sachie Ishizu 6-2, 6-4. Anastasia Rodiononva of Australia upset Austrian Tamira Paszek in a closely played contest 7-6(5), 5-7, 7-6(2), and will now face Keys in the next round.
Another three-set match between Oksana Kalashnikova and No. 8 seed Silvia Soler-Espinosa ended in Kalashnikova’s favour, who came back after dropping the first set to win 1-6, 6-4, 7-5. The Georgian will now move on to face Jana Cepelova, who eliminated Canada’s Heidi El Tabakh 6-2, 2-6, 6-2. Canadian Jillian O’Neill was also also eliminated from the qualifiers after falling 6-4, 6-3 to American Lauren Davis. Davis now faces the challenge of defeating top-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova, who ousted Vania King 7-5, 7-6(4).
Fourth-seeded Bethanie Mattek-Sands triumphed over Poland’s Alicja Rosolska 6-1, 6-2, and will now take on Riske in the next round. Julia Glushko defeated Christina McHale 6-3, 5-7, 7-5 to advance to the next round, where she will face Dabrowski in a battle for a main draw position.
Johanna Larsson of Sweden defeated Catalina Castano 6-3, 6-4, and will move on to take on Anna Tatishvili of Georgia. Tatishvili is advancing after eliminating Canada’s Gloria Liang from her first Rogers Cup competition by a score of 6-1, 6-2.
Paula Ormaechea defeated Michelle Larcher De Brito 6-3, 6-3, and will now face Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands. Bertens also defeated her opponent, South Africa’s Natalie Grandin, by a score of 6-3, 6-3. Finally, Petra Martic of Croatia ousted Sesil Karatantcheva 6-1, 6-3, and will take on Ayumi Morita. Earlier in the day, Morita defeated America’s Maria Sanchez 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.
Qualifying matches will continue at Rexall Centre over Free Family Weekend on Sunday, with winners being awarded spots in the main draw.