Monday, August 8, 2011

Qualifiers do damage in first round of Rogers Cup

Five qualifiers won their first rounds in Toronto today, and three of them took out seeded players. Galina Voskoboeva upset 9th seed Marion Bartoli 6-3, 6-3, and Simona Hallep upset 12th seed Svetlana Kuznetsova 4-6, 6-4, 6-3. Also, Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez defeated 14th seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 3-6, 6-4, 6-1.

Other qualifiers who won today were Greta Arn (def. Klara Zakopalova) and Zheng Jie (def. qualifier Alberta Brianti). Julia Goerges beat 15th seed Jelena Jankovic in straight sets, and Ekaterina Makarova defeated Canadian number 1 Rebecca Marino.

A lot of potentially good matches are scheduled for tomorrow. Stanford champion Serena Williams will play, as will  Carlsbad champion Agnieszka Radwanska and 2010 U.S. Open champion Kim Clijsters. Flavia Pennetta will play Maria Kirilenko, and Yanina Wickmayer will play Roberta Vinci.

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