Monday, August 5, 2013

Williams leads field in Toronto

World number 1 Serena Williams is at the head of the draw at this year's Rogers Cup in Toronto. Also in attendance are defending champion Petra Kvitova, Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli, Agnieszka Radwanska, Li Na, Sara Errani, Stanford champion Dominika Cibulkova, and Carlsbad champion Sam Stosur.

Stosur currently leads the U.S. Open Series in points, but all of that could change quickly. Neither Victoria Azarenka nor Maria Sharapova is playing in Toronto but there are enough top players there to make things rather interesting. Bartoli is playing with a wild card, just as Stosur did in Carlsbad, and she's in the Williams quarter of the draw.

Radwanska, who was the runner-up in Stanford and who lost to Stosur in Carlsbad (in my favorite match of the tournament) shares her quarter with Errani, as well as Maria Kirilenko and Sloane Stephens. On the other side, there's a potential semifinal between Li and Kvitova, though Stosur is also in Kvitova's quarter, and Jamie Hampton is in that part of the draw, too.

For her part, Li will have to deal with Angelique Kerber, Ana Ivanovic and Cibulkova.

It's hard court heaven for WTA fans. Tennis TV, by the way, began broadcasting today, so there's an opportunity to see more early round matches.

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