The Rogers Cup draw is full of juicy first rounds, and it's going to get even better once the qualifiers are assigned. In the meantime, here are some first round matches I wish I could see:
Kaia Kanepi vs. Shahar Peer: If Kanepi's game is on, she could make Peer work hard, and this could turn into another knock-down-drag-out Peer special.
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs. Svetlana Kuznetsova: Pavlyuchenkova bumps into yet another countrywoman in the very first round.
Aravane Rezai vs. Petra Kvitova: Rezai is a bit more consistent than Kvitova (which is saying something), but if Kvitova has one of her good days, this could be quite interesting.
Andrea Petkovic vs. Dinara Safina: One has a problem winning, and the other, is, well....Dinara. Each is capable of serving very well on a given day, but will it be this day?
Flavia Pennetta vs. Daniela Hantuchova: Pennetta generally shines this time of year, and Hantuchova will have to stay very consistent to stop her. Both women have games that are enjoyable to watch.
It's such a pity that both Petkovic and Safina are so unlucky in the way the draws work out for them, because that match really doesn't deserve to be played in the first round. I hope whoever wins that match can go on to have a good week, because they both need matches going into New York.
These U.S. Open Series draws are killers. You just don't like to think about some of these players losing in the first round.
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