After starting off the US hardcourt swing on the west coast, the WTA is back in Canada for its annual visit north of the United States border. The Rogers Cup Premier 5 tournament is somewhat special in the WTA calendar, being the only event that alternates locations between Montreal and Toronto.
After last year’s visit to Montreal, women’s tennis players are back in action in Toronto’s Aviva Centre, featuring a star-studded line-up that boasts all the biggest active names aside from Maria Sharapova (injury), Victoria Azarenka (viral illness) and Serena Williams (pregnancy).
In the 2017 Rogers Cup field we have former world No.1 Caroline Wozniacki, who has found plenty of success in Montreal, but had never won a match in Toronto until Tuesday night’s victory over Ekaterina Alexandrova.
Also in the draw is the freshly-crowned world No.1 Karolina Plisova, who is playing her first tournament as the WTA’s new queen bee. While Pliskova’s singles campaign won’t get underway before Wednesday, the Czech played doubles on Tuesday with Canadian Eugenie Bouchard. Earlier in the day, Bouchard had lost her first-round match to Donna Vekic, but the unusual doubles pairing managed to make the tournament’s second round.
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