The WTA Premier FIVE tournament in Canada will be held at the Uniprix Stadium. What was formerly known as the Canadian Open is now called The Rogers Cup. The 2010 Rogers Cup will be held in Montreal this year.
The women’s tournament begins on Friday 13 August with the qualifying singles and runs for 10 days, concluding with the Women’s Singles Final on Sunday 22 August at 1:30pm local time in Montreal. Each year this event alternates where it is held in Canada between Toronto and Montreal. This tournament was first held in 1881, so is the 3rd the longest running tournament in tennis history after Wimbledon and the US Open.
The draw for the women’s qualifying singles draw will be available on Thursday 12 August and the women’s main singles draw will be drawn on Saturday 14 August. As soon as these draws are available we will post them in here our coverage of the 2010 Rogers Cup singles events in Canada.
Last year No.4 seed Elena Dementieva won the Rogers Cup in Toronto singles championship for the first time. Dementieva defeated the unseeded Maria Sharapova in the final 6-4 6-3 on the deco turf ii hard courts. Dementieva earned 800 WTA ranking points whilst Sharapova collected 550 points.
The 2009 Rogers Cup semi finalists were Alisa Kleybanova who lost to Sharapova and No.2 seed Serena Williams who was defeated by Dementieva. In the quarter finals No.5 seed Jelena Jankovic was knocked out by Kleybanova, Sharapova beat No.14 seed Agnieszka Radwanska, Dementieva defeated Samantha Stosur and Serena beat Lucie Safarova. Sharapova is pictured above on the move for a forehand ground stroke during last years final in Toronto.
In a 56-player draw there are 16 seeded players and they will be selected according to the WTA rankings on the final Monday before this event commences. This year the seeding will be based on the WTA Tour rankings as at 9 August 2010 and the cut-off date for the entry list was July 5 2010.
36 of the 56 main draw spots are allocated to direct acceptances. The direct acceptances are the highest 36 ranked players on the cut-off date. This year the cut-off was the ATP Rankings on June 21 2010. Spain has the most players in the men’s singles draw with 9.
The remaining 20 spots in the main draw are allocated to wild card entrants (WC) and qualifiers (Q). Qualifiers earn 16 of the 20 spots, 4 spots are given to wild cards at the discretion of Tennis Canada. Wild cards are also awarded into the qualifying event.
In 2009 Tennis Canada chose the following players for the main draw wild cards – Valerie Tetreault, Stephanie Dubois and Kim Clijsters. Clijsters made it through to the round of 16 but both locals lost in the 1st round, as did locals Aleksandra Wozniak (a directly acceptance) and Heidi El Tabakh (who qualified).
The following is a list of Canadian women who may be awarded a wild card into the Rogers Cup. There are 16 Canadian women that have a WTA ranking. The number in brackets is each player’s ranking as at August 9 2010 – Aleksandra Wozniak World No.53, Stephanie Dubois No.133, Sharon Fichman 158, Valerie Tetreault 170, Rebecca Marino 187, Heidi El Tabakh 211, Marie-eve Pelletier 498, Eugenie Bouchard 590, Gabriela Dabrowski 694, Ekaterina Shulaaeva 695, Melanie Gloria 770, Maureen Drake 777, Elisabeth Abanda 797, Katarena Paliivets 811, Carmen Sandor 881 and Dominique Harmath 934.
Stay tuned to this tennis website for coverage of every major women’s and men’s tennis tournament on the WTA Tour and ATP Tours. Click this link for further details about Canada including the schedule of play -> Canada 2010: August 7-22.
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