10 Things To Know: Montréal
Published August 04, 2014 12:14
Every week on wtatennis.com we'll bring you 10 of the most important things to know - who's playing, upcoming milestones and more... this week the Road To Singapore goes through Montréal.
1) An absolutely packed field has descended on Montréal.
Eight of the Top 10 players in the world, and 18 of the Top 20 players in the world, are in Montréal for the Rogers Cup, with Serena Williams, Petra Kvitova, Agnieszka Radwanska, Maria Sharapova, Eugenie Bouchard, Angelique Kerber, Jelena Jankovic and Victoria Azarenka the Top 8 seeds.
2) Serena has won the Rogers Cup three times - but never in Montréal.
Serena Williams has had some special moments in Canada - she played her first professional match in Québec City in 1995, and she has won the Rogers Cup three times in Toronto. But she has yet to win this event in Montréal. She has only played it here once before, and she was pretty close to winning it - she made the final routinely without losing a set and won the first set at love in the final but ended up retiring against Martina Hingis in the third set, 0-6, 6-3, 3-0, because of a left foot injury.
3) Four of the biggest names in the game are playing for the first time since Wimbledon.
Petra Kvitova, Maria Sharapova, Eugenie Bouchard and Jelena Jankovic, who are all ranked in the Top 10 and seeded in the Top 8 here, are playing for the first time since Wimbledon. Kvitova and Bouchard were scheduled to return last week but had to pull out due to injury - Kvitova missed Stanford because of a right hamstring injury and Bouchard missed Washington DC because of a right knee injury.
4) This is one of two massive back-to-back stops on the Road To Singapore.
A whopping 900 points go to the winners of both the Rogers Cup in Montréal and Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati. As an indication of how big these next two weeks are, only 15 players have accumulated more than 1800 points on the Road To Singapore leaderboard for the entire season.
5) Venus is looking to make a Canadian breakthrough.
Venus Williams has had some amazing moments south of the border - she's won 19 of her 45 WTA titles in the US, including two of her seven Grand Slam titles, at the US Open in 2000 and 2001. But she hasn't had the same success in Canada - it has been quite the opposite. Williams has never won a match in Canada, going 0-4 (losing her opening match in Toronto in 1995, 1997, 2009 and 2013).
To top it all off, this is actually the first time Williams is playing in Montréal.
6) The Emirates Airline US Open Series continues in Montréal this week.
The Emirates Airline US Open Series is a journey linking up the four Premier-level summer hardcourt events leading up to the US Open - Stanford, Montréal, Cincinnati and New Haven. Players who perform the best during the lead-up are eligible for bonus payouts at the big one - the US Open.
7) The doubles field is loaded this week.
The Top 9 teams on the Road To Singapore leaderboard are all in the doubles draw this week - and with only one of the eight spots filled in the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global, this is prime hunting grounds for points. Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci - the only team to have qualified so far, and in fact the only players at all to have qualified - are the No.1 seeds.
8) WTA Trivia: We all know Eugenie Bouchard was born in Montréal, and she still lives there too, but there was another player who made the Top 10 on the WTA Rankings - she made it to No.3, in fact - who was born in Montréal. And it wasn't Carling Bassett-Seguso, who was born in Toronto. Who is it?
9) Missed WTA Live All Access Hour presented by Xerox in Montréal? Watch it right here!
10) And find out where you can watch live action from Montréal at WTA TV developed by Xerox.