Monday at the Rogers Cup was a bad day for seeded players, as only one advanced and three of the other four fell to qualifiers in their opening matches.
The first in action was the winning seed, Samantha Stosur, but even her victory came only after she lost the first set 6-4 to Ayumi Morita. Final score: 4-6 6-2 6-3.
No.9 seed Marion Bartoli had won 19 of her last 23 matches, including her Eastbourne title, and had a perfect 4-0 head-to-head record against Galina Voskoboeva, but in the first round of the Rogers Cup the Kazakh qualifier was better and took Bartoli out 6-3 6-3. It is Voskoboeva’s first Top 10 victory and at the recent Baku Cup she played her first WTA semifinals.
Seed No.12 Svetlana Kuznetsova committed 50 unforced errors en route to losing to qualifier Simona Halep, 4-6 6-4 6-3. No.14 seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova won the first set against qualifier Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez before losing the match 3-6 6-4 6-1.
Jelena Jankovic, seeded 15th, played her first match since a first-round loss at Wimbledon and it was another defeat, a 6-1 6-3 one to Julia Goerges. (photos: © Neal Trousdale)