Rogers Cup: Women's preview

August 3, 2012 03:56 PM
"I won my first big title in Montreal - it was a rainy final weekend, but the fans still came out to support us," says 2010 Rogers Cup champion Caroline Wozniaki. "The atmosphere on Centre Court is amazing."
By J. Fred Sidhu, special to
A stellar field will feature nine of the top 10 women in the world, including 2010 Rogers Cup champion Caroline Wozniacki, current French Open champion Maria Sharapova, 2011 Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova and 2011 US Open champion Samantha Stosur. Also playing in Montreal this summer will be three-time Rogers Cup semifinalist Victoria Azarenka and former world No. 1 and 2006 Rogers Cup champion Ana Ivanovic. Tennis legends Martina Navratilova, Andre Agassi and Jim Courier will join Hingis for an exhibition on Monday, August 6.
Looking Back:
Mother Nature has been known to play a role in the Rogers Cup women’s event in Montreal. In 2006, heavy rain forced tournament officials to schedule a Monday final. In 2010, steady rain washed out the semifinals and final, which were both completed on the following Monday.
One to Watch:
Aleksandra Wozniak, the Montreal native who will play in her 10th career Rogers Cup. The top-ranked Canadian woman won her only WTA tournament in Stanford in 2008 as a qualifier, defeating Francesca Schiavone, Samantha Stosur, Serena Williams and Marion Bartoli en route to the title.
Did You Know?
Fans attending the event can use their admission ticket for free access to Montreal’s public transit network and take either the bus or subway to the tournament. The Rogers Cup also provides secured bicycle racks for patrons who bike
to Uniprix Stadium.