Venus Williams has withdrawn from the Cincinnati tournament because of the viral illness that kept her out of Toronto. She has been offered a wild card into New Haven.
Katie O'Brien has retired from professional tennis. O'Brien reached her highest ranking, number 84 in the world, in 2010. The British player's last match was at a World Team Tennis event.
Laura Robson, Ksenia Pervak, Anna Tatishvili, Virginie Razzano, and Barbora Zahlavova Strycova all lost in the first round of Cincinnati qualifying.
Kamakshi Tandon reflects on the changes Li Na and Petra Kvitova face after winning majors.
"Canada: Where champions come to lose" is one of many "new" Rogers Cup slogans. Of course, by now, Da Vinci Code has been cracked.