Tuesday, August 6, 2013

The Rogers Cup - day 1 round up

This week is the prestigious and important Rogers Cup, classed as a WTA premier event and a ATP masters 1000 event. Starting with the mens matches and there was disappointing early exits in the first round by a couple players. Young Aussie Bernard Tomic was edged out in a three setter by German Florian Mayer 75 36 36. At Wimbledon this year Tomic beat two top 20 players on his way to the forth round so losing to a player ranked 47 is understandably going to be disappointing for him. Only one seed has fallen so sar which was 16th seed Tipsarevic. The Serbians form has been poor recently with earlier than expected exits at Wimbledon, Bogota and Gstaad. He was beaten 64 63 by Uzbekistan’s Dennis Istomin. Finally 9th seed Kai Nishikori had a tough three set encounter against local qualifier Polansky winning 46 64 62. 

Sloane Stephens (Photo: The Canadian Press) 

In the women's half there was further disappointment for the Brits, after Heather Watson early exit in qualifying, Laura Robson has now withdrawn. The reason for the withdrawal is due to a wrist injury. There was a lot of close matches in the women's opening day with 6 out of the 11 being three setters. Following last week surprised early exit in America Sloane Stephens has a more encouraging match winning 6276 against France's Kristina Miladenovic. Mona Barthel had a much more harder match against Zheng from china. The German edged to a 67 63 76 win. Barthel wasn't the only one to find it hard, 10th seed Roberta Vinci had to recovered from a set down to beat Julia Gorges 26 64 63.

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