The US Open series is arriving in Montreal and Women’s Tennis Blog will be reporting live from the 2014 Rogers Open all week long.
The Canadian stop on the WTA tour is one of the most important lead-up events to the US Open as all elite players of the game meet in Montreal next week, the only notable absentees being Simona Halep and Li Na, the Chinese had to withdraw from the complete USO series due to injury.
With the qualifying rounds scheduled to kick off tomorrow, today was all about the practice session as many of the tournament’s top players have arrived at Uniprix stadium.
While other players are still busy playing in Stanford, Maria Sharapova, Agnieszka Radwanska, Sabine Lisicki, Sam Stosur and plenty of others put in the hours on the practice courts, much to the delight of the fans that came out in impressive numbers, despite not a single match being played on Friday.
The highlight of the day was Maria Sharapova’s practice session inside the Uniprix stadium as the Roland Garros champion attracted hundreds of spectators, many of which managed to grab an autograph or a photo with the WTA’s most popular player afterwards.
While the practice courts were buzzing, Petra Kvitova attended the tournament’s draw ceremony, the two-time Wimbledon champion was given a warm welcome by the fans and media as the locals held no grudge against the player who fiercefully destroyed Genie Bouchard’s Wimbledon dream just a few weeks ago.
Proper match action at the 2014 Rogers Cup will kick off tomorrow and Women’s Tennis Blog will be there to cover all the action for you, so keep checking back!