WTA 2016 Rogers Cup

Cibulkova Defeats Duque-Marino to Reach R2

2008 Rogers Cup runner-up Dominika Cibulkova keeps her hopes of a first Montreal title alive as she goes past Mariana Duque-Marino to advance to round two.

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Dominika Cibulkova
Dominika Cibulkova keeps her hopes of a first Rogers Cup title alive as she moves past Mariana Duque-Marino in round one at Montreal.

2008 Rogers Cup runner-up Dominika Cibulkova, who is looking to win her second title of the year, advances to the second round in Montreal as she defeats Colombia’s world no. 81 Mariana Duque-Marino in their first ever match. The world no. 10 Cibulkova eases past the first round as she eliminates Duque-Marino 6-2, 6-2. The 2016 Eastbourne champion now has a streak of six consecutive wins over her first opponent in every tournament since losing in the round of 32 to world no. 192 Barbora Krejcikova at Prague earlier this April.

Dominika Cibulkova draws first blood over Mariana Duque-Marino as she goes on to win four of the first five games to establish an early 4-1 advantage over the Colombian. Duque-Marino trims the lead down to two with a 40-0 win in the sixth game. However, she drops two consecutive games to Dominika Cibulkova to give the Slovakian the match opener after a thirty-one minute first set. The top ten Cibulkova gets the only breakers of the set. She broke Duque-Marino twice in five opportunities, while managing to save the Colombian’s lone break point try.

Cibulkova starts of the second set by taking the first game for her third consecutive win. She then draws even with her opponent as Duque-Marino wins two of the next three games. From this point, Dominika Cibulkova wins four straight games to seal the first round match. The Slovakian broke three times during the forty-two minute second set. Cibulkova also managed to save two break point tries out of three attempts from Duque-Marino. The Colombian committed 3 double faults to 0 from Cibulkova in the final frame.

Dominika Cibulkova will face Montreal-born Eugenie Bouchard in the second round. The world no. 42 Bouchard stuns world no. 28 Lucie Safarova in round one to advance in her home tournament. Bouchard outlasts Safarova after a 6-3, 3-6, 7(7)-6(3) victory to set up a round two meeting with the top ten Cibulkova. Bouchard holds a 2-1 advantage over the higher ranked Cibulkova in their head to head record. Dominika Cibulkova eliminated Bouchard in the round of 32 in this year’s Wimbledon, while the Canadian was able to upset Cibulkova in the semifinal round at Hobart, to split their two matches in 2016.

Rogers Cup lucky loser
Rogers Cup lucky loser Varvara Lepchenko eliminates Naomi Broady in their first round Montreal match.

Rogers Cup lucky loser Varvara Lepchenko defeats the United Kingdom’s world no. 84 Naomi Broady to reach become the first to reach round three in Montreal. The USA’ world no. 50 Lepchenko pushes past Broady after a three-set 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 victory in their second round match. Lepchenko and Broady combine for 15 aces in their first ever match, with 8 aces for the American and 7 for her opponent. Lepchenko wins the return battle slightly with three breaks out of six attempts against two breaks in five opportunities from Broady during their one hour and fifty-one match.

Lepchenko awaits for the winner of the second round match between American compatriot Vania King and 2016 Stanford champion Johanna Konta.

The USA's Vania King stuns Hungary's Timea Babos to reach the Rogers Cup second round.
The USA’s Vania King stuns Hungary’s Timea Babos to reach the Rogers Cup second round.

The United State’s world no. 120 Vania King reaches sets up her second round match with Konta with an upset win over Hungary’s world no. 44 Timea Babos. King emerges past Babos after a 6-4, 3-6, 7(7)-6(5) three-set victory in their first round match. King survives 11 aces from Babos during their two-hour and thirty-six minute match. Both players were able to break seven times apiece as well as committing a total of 15 double faults, 8 for King and 7 for Babos.

Johanna Konta on the other hand, books her second round slot with a 6-4, 6-2 sweep of the USA’s world no. 52 Shelby Rogers. Johanna Konta improves to a 2-1 record against Shelby Rogers. Rogers has now dropped her third consecutive match against her first opponent for three straight tournaments.

Tournament fifth seed Simona Halep breezes past
Tournament fifth seed Simona Halep breezes past Australia’s Daria Gavrilova to become the second player to reach round three.

Also reaching the third round is Rogers Cup fifth seed Simona Halep. The world no. 5 Simona Halep goes past Australia’s world no. 45 Daria Gavrilova in their second round match. The 2016 Bucharest Open champion eases through with a 6-2, 6-3 sweep against Gavrilova after just one hour and sixteen minutes. Halep broke Gavrilova five times while saving one out of two break point opportunities from the 22-year old Australian. Simona Halep improves to a 2-1 record over Daria Gavrilova, winning both of their matches in 2016. Halep also eliminated Gavrilova in the round of 32 in this year’s Rome Masters.

Simona Halep will face either world no. 17 Karolina Pliskova or world no. 25 Sara Errani in the Rogers Cup round three. Karolina Pliskova defeated the Ukraine’s world no. 64 Kateryna Bondarenko earlier in the day 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 in their first round match to set up a meeting with Sara Errani. Sara Errani meanwhile, defeated Canadian local Aleksandra Wozniak in straight sets 6-4, 7(7)-6(4) after two hours and four minutes to advance to round two.

Francoise Abanda
Canadian loca Francoise Abanda upsets China’s Saisai Zheng to advance to round two of her home tournament.

Canada’s world no. 272 Francoise Abanda comes up with one of the biggest tournament upsets as she moves past China’s world no. 66 Saisai Zheng. The 19-year old Montreal resident stamps her second round ticket with 6-1, 7-5 straight sets win over the 22-year old Zheng. Abanda took control of the service game, with 2 aces to 0 for Zheng. She overwhelmed the Chinese player by winning 34 of 51 (67%) firs serve points against just 19 of 37 (51%) from Zheng. Abanda broke five times out of ten attempts against just twice in eight attempts from Saisai Zheng to also take control of the returns.

The Canadian teen sets up a meeting world no. 20 Elina Svitolina in round two. Abanda and the top twenty Svitolina will face each other for the first time in their upcoming Rogers Cup match.

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Also advancing to the second to the second round in Montreal via an upset win is Slovakia’s world no. 121 Kristina Kucova. The tournament qualifier Kucova stuns Belgium’s world no. 36 Yanina Wickmayer after rallying down a set to take a 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 victory in their one hour and thirty-six minute match. Kuckova survives 8 aces from the higher ranked Wickmayer as well as being down in returns with just three breakers compared to the Belgian’s five. Tournament eight seed Carla Suarez Navarro will challenge Kristina Kucova in round two.

Alla Kudryavtseva stuns
Alla Kudryavtseva stuns world no. 38 Kristina Mladenovic to advance to round two in Montreal.

Russia’s world no. 160 Alla Kudryavtseva adds to the rash of Rogers Cup upsets with 7(7)-6(5), 1-6, 6-3 victory over France’s world no. 38 Kristina Mladenovic. Kudryavtseva ties with the higher ranked Mladenovic 1-1 in their head to head record. The lower ranked Russian avenges a quarterfinal loss to Mladenovic suffered in Strasbourg last May. Alla Kudryavtseva will face Russian compatriot, Svetlana Kuznetsova in round two. The world no. 11 Kuznetsova has a 2-0 record over Kudryavtseva, although both of their previous two matches occurred back in 2008.

Romania’s world no. 61 Monica Niculescu joins the growing list of lower ranked players moving through to the second round against top opponents as she defeats Latvia’s world no. 40 Jelena Ostapenko in their first round match. Niculescu squeaks past Ostapenko after a 6-3, 7-5, 6-1 come-from-behind victory. Ostapenko was hampered by 13 double faults against just 5 for Niculescu. Niculescu will face Rogers Cup four seed Agnieszka Radwanska, who received a first round bye in Montreal.

The USA's Madison Keys
The USA’s Madison Keys routs Russia’s Elena Vesnina to reach the second round of the 2016 Rogers Cup.

The USA’s world no. 12 Madison Keys avoids a first round upset by defeating Russia’s world no. 24 Elena Vesnina. The 2016 Birmingham champion sweeps her Russian opponent 6-4, 6-0 in less than an hour to reach round two in Montreal. Madison Keys now improves to a 2-0 head to head record over Vesnina, as she takes their first meeting of 2016. Keys will face American compatriot Madison Brengle in the next round.

The USA’s world no. 63 Christina McHale benefits from a second set retirement from China’s world no. 59 Shuai Zhang in their first round match. McHale took the opening set 6-2 against Zhang and was leading her 3-0 eighteen minutes into the second set before the Chinese player decided to call of the match due to injuries.

McHale will face Russia’s world no. 19 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the second round. Pavlyuchenkova defeats 21-year old world no. 43 Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan. Pavlyuchenkova outlasts Putintseva with a 6-4, 1-6, 7-5 three-set victory in their first round match.

Andrea Petkovic knocks out France's
Andrea Petkovic knocks out France’s Alize Cornet to move through to the second round at Montreal.

Lastly, Germany’s world no. 41 Andrea Petkovic eliminates France’s world no. 44 Alize Cornet to advance to round two. Petkovic sweeps Cornet 7(7)-6(1), 6-3 after a one hour and fifty-five minute first round match. Petkovic moves on to face the Czech Republic’s world no. 13 Petra Kvitova in round two.

In other Rogers Cup results, the all-American team of doubles world no. 16 Raquel Atawo and Abigail Spears eliminate team of Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard and Carol Zhao. The seventh seeded Atawo and Spears take a 6-2, 6-2 straight sets win over wildcards Bouchard and Zhao to advance to the second round in Montreal.

Atawo and Spears will face the team of compatriots Christina McHale and Asia Muhammad in round two. The team of doubles world no. 86 Muhammad and doubles world no. 79 McHale move past the all-German team of Angelique Kerber and Andrea Petkovic 5-7, 7-5, 10-6 in their first round match to set up their second round meeting with Atawo and Spears.

The all-Russian team of Daria Kasatkina and Svetlana Kuznetsova fall to the USA’s doubles world no. 12 Bethanie Mattek-Sands and the United Kingdom’s doubles world no. 112 Heather Watson in their first round match. The higher ranked doubles world no. 49 Kasatkina and doubles world no. 61 Kuznetsova gets stunned by Mattek-Sands and Watson in straight sets 6-2, 6-4 to bow out of the Rogers Cup in exactly one hour.

Mattek Sands and Watson will face Chinese-Taipei doubles world no. 6 sisters Hao-Ching Chan and Yung-Jan Chan in round two.

Meanwhile, the all-Czech Republic team of doubles world no. 14 Karolina Pliskova and doubles world no. 39 Barbora Strycova reaches round two over China’s Chen Liang and the USA’s Nicole Melichar to advance to round two. Pliskova and Strycova dominate the doubles world no. 47 Liang and doubles world no. 69 Melichar in straight sets 6-2, 6-4 to move through to the next round.

Pliskova and Strycova awaits the winner of the first round match between Rogers Cup wildcards Daria Gavrilova and Samantha Stosur versus Taipei’s Chia-Jung Chuang and Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova for their second round opponents.

Lastly, the all-Slovenian team of doubles world no. 33 Andreja Klepac and doubles world no. 29 Katarina Srebotnik moves past the all-Italian team of doubles world no. 22 Sara Errani and doubles world no. 111 Roberta Vinci to reach round two. Klepac and Srebotnik outlasts the Italians after a 1-6, 7(7)-6(4), 12-10 one hour and thirty-seven minute win in the first round.

Klepac and Srebotnik will face the winner of the first round match between China’s Yifan Xu and Saisai Zheng versus Croatia’s Darija Jurak and Australia’s Anastasia Rodionova in round 2.