Play got underway yesterday at the Rogers Cup WTA tournament in Montreal, Canada, with sparkling tennis being played and tight matches being fought by some of the stars of the WTA.
After her success in last year’s tournament already marked her as a crowd favourite, Italy’s Roberta Vinci fought ferociously to come through against Yanina Wickmeyer of Belgium 6-2 3-6 7-5. History shows that Wickmeyer lost to Vinci in three of their last meetings, all in straight sets but, in this match after losing the first set, the young Belgian took the second set and swept ahead 5-1 in the decider. This outcome was not on Vinci’s agenda and she tightened up her game to take the next game, but Wickmeyer held match point on her serve when she double faulted, letting Vinci back into the game. She held on with some great forehand winners to level at 5-5 and then go on to take the set 7-5.
In a hard fought match between two Spaniards and close friends, Carla Suarez Navarro came back from a first set loss against Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez to finally win 1-6 6-4-6-3 to make it through to the second round.
German player Julia Goerges, who has made great strides up the WTA’s ranking ladder in recent months, came up short against the very talented Austrian Tamira Paszek, who is once again showing her class and making her mark after a string of injuries kept her sidelined. Paszek won very easily against the hard hitting German to score a 6-2 6-1 victory and book her place in the second round.