Bouchard to face Rogers on Tuesday
Françoise Abanda loses to Dominika Cibulkova
Eugenie Bouchard looks down the court during a practice session at the Rogers Cup n Montreal, Monday, August 4, 2014.
Photograph by: Graham Hughes, The Canadian Press
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 — Eugenie Bouchard will be out to settle an old score Tuesday night when she faces Shelby Rogers of the U.S. in the second round of the Rogers Cup Canadian Open women's tennis championships.
Bouchard and Rogers both trained in Florida and practised together but they played only one match.
"That was a while ago," Rogers said after she beat wild-card Ajla Tomljanovic of Croatia 6-4, 7-6 Monday. "I think a challenger in Alabama or something. Very small town."
For the record, the match was played in Troy, Ala., in 2011 and Rogers won 6-4, 1-6, 6-3.
"Obviously, both of us are very different players now, very different people," Rogers said. "We've come a long way. I think basing anything off that match is irrelevant. I'm just going to treat it like any other match, obviously be prepared for the crowd, all the hype."
Bouchard has emerged as a top-10 player with semifinal appearances at the Australian and French Opens followed by a trip to the final at Wimbledon. She has earned more than $2.6 million U.S. this year.
Rogers, who is No. 113 in the WTA rankings, had to win two qualifying matches to earn a spot in the main draw. She has won $114,418 this year,
"I think it will be fun," Rogers said of the 6 p.m. match, which will be the feature of the evening program at Uniprix Stadium. "The crowd is going to be for her and I'm the underdog. I think it's kind of a fun story. There's no pressure. I'm going to go out, play my game, do my best, try to enjoy the moment as much as I can."
Monday's evening session proved to be disappointing for two local players.
Montrealer Françoise Abanda, 17, the youngest player in the tournament, provided some excitement before losing to 10th-seeded Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia 6-1, 3-6, 6-0, while Blainville's Aleksandra Wozniak was no match for Sloane Stephens of the U.S., losing 6-3, 6-0.
Abanda's outing was two matches in one. Abanda's serve proved ineffective in the first and third sets as she failed to win a single service game. She managed to pull herself together after the first set and was helped by a string of unforced errors from Cibulkova.
"This was a great experience for me," Abanda said. "I played one of my best matches and this gives me confidence that I can play against a top-10 player."
Abanda said she ran out of energy in the third set and that was something to work on in the future.
"I practised next to her this morning and I knew she hit the ball hard and it would be a tough match," Cibulkova said. "In the second set, I made some mistakes I shouldn't make but I told myself to take it one point at a time. I knew I was the more experienced player and that was the difference."
Wozniak, who moved into the top 100 this week, gave credit to Stephens, who is ranked No. 20.
"She played a perfect match," Wozniak said. "She had a high percentage of her first serves. (75 per cent). I could have done more with her second serve. That's something we've been working on, stepping in and taking the ball early but she didn't give me many chances."
Italians Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci didn't have much fun Monday. They form the No. 1 doubles team on the WTA Tour and that's where their focus will be after they were eliminated in the first round of the singles.
Errani, the 2012 French Open finalist, was seeded 13th but she lost to Germany's Sabine Lisicki 6-1, 7-5 in the day's opening match. Lisicki took advantage of Errani's erratic serving in the first set and overpowered her. Errani rallied to take a 3-0 lead in the second set but she was unable to maintain the momentum.
Vinci, who is ranked 25th in the world, lost to No. 37 Barbora Zahlavova-Strycova of the Czech Republic 7-5.7-5.
A third Italian, 12th-seeded Flavia Pennetta, was upset by Kazakh qualifier Yulia Putintseva 7-6, 6-3.
In other first-round matches, Alize Cornet of France beat U.S. qualifier Lauren Davis 6-3, 7-5; 15th-seeded Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic eliminated Sorana Cirstea of Romania 6-4, 6-2, and Briton Heather Watson outlasted fellow qualifier Tereza Smitkova of the Czech Republic 6-4, 5-7, 6-4.
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