The 7th Major Tournament on the WTA Tour this year is the Rogers Cup in Toronto, Canada. It is one of the most prestigious tournaments on the WTA Tour because it is a Premier FIVE event.
The Rogers Cup is the 4th of only 5 Premier Five events to be held in 2009. This event has 2 million US dollars up for grabs and will be held from Monday August 17 through to the final on Sunday August 23.
Pictured above is Ana Ivanovic who won the Rogers Cup in 2006. Ivanovic is demonstrating fantastic preparation for her backhand ground stroke. The 2008 French Open singles champion has a great opportunity to make a big move up the rankings over the next 2 months.
Ivanovic won just 3 matches and lost 5 over this same period last year. The 21 year old really needs to build the number of matches she plays and her confidence in Toronto before she can be a realistic chance at the US Open.
Ivanovic will have the added motivation to perform well now that her rival and fellow Serbian Jelena Jankovic is doing so well of late. Ana winning has a very positive impact on women’s tennis, so let’s hope she gets on a roll.
Last year Dinara Safina won the Rogers Cup by defeating Dominika Cibulkova in the final 6-2 6-1. The Russian won 860 WTA ranking points for that victory whilst Cibulkova from Slovakia won 600 WTA ranking points as the runner-up.
Safina beat Victoria Azarenka whilst Cibulkova defeated Marion Bartoli in the 2008 semi-finals. The quarter finalists were Svetlana Kuznetsova, Jelena Jankovic, Tamira Paszek and Ai Sugiyama.
The Rogers Cup in Toronto also has a 56 player draw. Once again, the top 8 seeds have a BYE in the 1st round, with ONLY the top 16 ranked players being seeded. There were 41 direct acceptances, 3 Wild Cards awarded and 12 spots in the draw allocated to Qualifiers.
The wild cards were awarded to former US Open singles champion, Kim Clijsters and Canadians Valerie Tetreault, world No.161 and Stephanie Dubois, world No.112.
The 12 players who won through the qualifying rounds were; Elena Baltacha, Yanina Wickmayer, Kateryna Bondarenko, Roberta Vinci, Heidi El Tabakh, Maria Kirilenko, Monica Niculescu, Lucie Safarova, Magdalena Rybarikova, Alla Kudryavtseva, Julie Coin and Yaroslava Shvedova.
The seeding and draw for the top 16 players, if they all win through to the round of 16 are:
(1) Dinara Safina versus (16) Dominika Cibulkova
(9) Victoria Azarenka v. (5) Jelena Jankovic
(3) Venus Williams v. (14) Agnieszka Radwanska
(10) Nadia Petrova v. (7) Vera Zvonareva
..which completes the head-to-head play-offs in the top half of the draw. In the bottom half of the draw, the players seeded to meet are:
(6) Svetlana Kuznetsova versus (12) Flavia Pennetta
(15) Amelie Mauresmo versus (4) Elena Dementieva
(8) Caroline Wozniacki versus (11) Ana Ivanovic
(13) Marion Bartoli versus (2) Serena Williams
As we have seen in previous tournaments covered on OnCourt Advantage, the chances of the top 16 seeds all making it to the round of 16 are slim. Follow the matches as a number of top seeds will be knocked out!
Today’s POST is dedicated to Guillermo Vilas. Vilas was born on 17 August in 1952. The Argentinean won 4 Grand Slam singles titles: 2 Australian Open crowns in 1978 & 1979, the French Open in 1977 and the US Open in 1977. He achieved his highest career ranking of No.2 on 30 April in 1975.
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