Update: Rogers Cup organizers have just announced via Twitter that "Due to the power outage, generators are being brought in and we are aiming to begin the evening session matches at 7 p.m."
MONTREAL — One of the most anticipated matches at the Rogers Cup is a potential quarter-final battle between top-ranked Serena Williams and local favourite Eugenie Bouchard.
During Bouchard’s run to the Wimbledon final, tennis great Chris Evert suggested that Bouchard was the future face of women’s tennis and Williams took it one step further Monday.
“I think she’s speaking truth,” Williams said when asked about Evert’s comments. “I think Genie is a great player. I think she for sure is the future face of tennis. She’s already proven being one of the faces of tennis now. Why wait for the future?”
Williams, who is fresh off a win at the Bank of the West Classic in California, pointed out that Bouchard “has done better than me in a lot of the tournaments.”
In fact, Bouchard is the only player on the WTA Tour to reach the semifinals at the first three Grand Slam events this season.
Williams has won the Canadian Open three times, but this is only her second appearance in Montreal. She reached the final in 2000, but was trailing Martina Hingis 3-0 in the third set when she withdrew with an injury.
Canadians on the rise: There was some good news for Canadian players as the WTA and ATP released their new rankings Monday.
Bouchard paid a price for withdrawing from the Citi Open in Washington and dropped from seventh to eighth on the women’s side, but Blainville’s Aleksandra Wozniak returned to the top 100 for the first time in 18 months, climbing from No. 101 to No. 97.
On the men’s side, Milos Raonic jumped from seventh to sixth after winning in Washington. Vasek Pospisil, who was the runner-up at the Citi Open, went from No. 36 to No. 27. Raonic and Pospisil both have points to defend this week in Toronto because Raonic went to the Rogers Cup final last summer and Pospisil reached the semifinals.
A hero returns: Arantxa Sánchez-Vicario returned to centre court Monday night to be inducted into the Rogers Cup Hall of Fame.
The Spaniard was a crowd favourite in Montreal and reached the final four times. She defeated Monica Seles in 1992 and Steffi Graf in 1994, and lost to Seles in 1996 and again in 1998. She also reached the 1989 final in Toronto, losing to Martina Navratilova. Sanchez-Vicario had nearly $17 million U.S. in official earnings, and endorsement deals boosted her career total earnings to $60 million. Two years ago, she claimed her parents had “lost” most of her fortune and she was being pursued by Spanish authorities for unpaid taxes. She is currently involved in a court battle to recover her money.
Revisionist history: A promotional TV spot for the Rogers Cup notes that the event arrived in Montreal in 1980 after a century in Toronto. The only problem is that during that century when Toronto monopolized the event it was also played in Montreal, Quebec City, Vancouver and Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont.
Tap here for details on when and where to watch Rogers Cup women's tennis.
© Copyright (c) The Montreal Gazette