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The 2014 Rogers Cup Kicks Into Higher Gear

With the qualifying matches completed, Monday at the 2014 Rogers Cup in Montreal was all about the main draw matches getting underway as the first big-name players played their first-round matches.

On center court, the day's action was started by Sabine Lisicki & Sara Errani who entertained the crowd with some spectacular tennis. After losing the first set to the 2013 Wimbledon finalist, Errani rallied back to a comprehensive lead in the second set, forcing the German to dig deep and close out the match in two sets.

  • Roberta Vinci
  • Barbora Zahlavova Strycova
  • Roberta Vinci
  • Barbora Zahlavova Strycova
  • Roberta Vinci
  • Barbora Zahlavova Strycova
  • Sabine Lisicki
  • Sabine Lisicki
  • Sabine Lisicki
  • Sabine Lisicki
  • Sabine Lisicki
  • Sara Errani
  • Sabine Lisicki
  • Sabine Lisicki
  • Shelby Rogers
  • Alja Tomljanovic
  • Kiki Bertens
  • Alize Cornet
  • Julia Görges
  • Anna-Lena Grönefeld & Julia Görges
  • Sorana Cirstea
  • Lucie Safarova
  • Sorana Cirstea
  • Heather Watson
  • Heather Watson
  • Dominika Cibulkova
  • Dominika Cibulkova
  • Francoise Abenda
  • Francoise Abenda
  • Francoise Abenda
  • Dominika Cibulkova
  • Flavia Pennetta
  • Yulia Putintseva
  • Flavia Pennetta
  • Yulia Putintseva
  • Aleksandra Wozniak
  • Sloane Stephens
  • Aleksandra Wozniak

Meanwhile, over in the National Bank stadium, Errani's doubles partner Roberta Vinci was in trouble as well, losing her match to Barbora Zahlavova Strycova.

Speaking of losing matches, the same fate was shared by Ajla Tomljanovic, who failed to win her first-round encounter against American qualifier Shelby Rogers. Tomljanovic, who recently made headlines by switching her citizenship to Australian, has yet to turn her relocation into positive results.

The two night session matches inside Uniprix Stadium were reserved for two local heroes as Candians Francoise Abanda & Aleksandra Wozniak got to play under the lights on the big stage.

While Wozniak fell prey to Sloane Stephens in two rather quick sets, Abanda, who played through qualifying to make the main draw, played a gutsy match against Dominika Cibulkova.

Cheered on by the Montreal crowd, the 17-year old forced a third set against the Australian Open finalist, forcing Cibulkova to go the distance in her first-round match.

While the experience of Cibulkova ultimately prevailed in the third set, Abanda's courageous performance is a promising sign of things to come for Canadian tennis.

There will be no shortage of quality tennis tomorrow as Tuesday's order of play contains no less than 15 singles matches and various doubles match ups.

Keep checking back to Women's Tennis Blog for all the latest from the 2014 Rogers Cup in Montreal!

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One thought on “The 2014 Rogers Cup Kicks Into Higher Gear

  1. Marija

    Francoise Abenda wins the best photo award in this set :) The photo with her right hand in the air. Action shots of Roberta Vinci are also super cool.

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