World No. 1 Martina Hingis announced her presence in Toronto by putting an end to Monica Seles’ four-year championship reign at the Rogers Cup. Hingis won her first of two titles at the tournament by overcoming Seles in the final. The doubles crown, meanwhile, was claimed by the duo of Jana Novotna and Mary Pierce.
In her Rogers Cup debut, Renata Kolbovic earned a spot in the second round after beating Marlene Weingartner. However, she was subsequently sent packing when she fell to No. 9 Barbara Schett. Joining Kolbovic in the second round was Maureen Drake, who earned her main draw spot through qualifying and went onto defeat Anne Kremer in the first round. However, she could not continue her success against second round opponent and No. 15 seed Elena Likhovtseva. Canadian first round casualties included Sonya Jeyaseelan (lost to Ai Sugiyama) and Jana Nejedly (lost to No. 12 Dominique Van Roost).
In what would be her final Rogers Cup singles crown, Monica Seles managed yet another stunning performance on Canadian soil. Seles clinched her fourth consecutive title with a victory over Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario in the tournament final. Martina Hingis reached the championship podium for the first time in Canada, pairing with Jana Novotna to win the doubles title.
Sonya Jeyaseelan reached the second round for the second straight year, defeating Nicole Pratt before falling to No. 9 seed Irina Spirlea. The only other Canadian in main draw singles action was Vanessa Webb, who fell to Anke Huber in the first round.
The Seles Express continued to roll along at the Rogers Cup, as Monica Seles added a third consecutive title to her collection. Seles secured the championship with a win over Anke Huber in the final. In doubles action, it was Yayuk Basuki and Caroline Vis who stood alone as champions at the end of the week.
Sonya Jeyaseelan earned her first career victory at the Rogers Cup, using momentum gained from two wins the qualifying draw to defeat Meike Babel. Her successful run ended one round later against No. 6 Mary Pierce. Meanwhile, in her final appearance at the event, Patricia Hy-Boulais fell to Sabine Applemans in the first round.
Monica Seles made it two in a row at the Rogers Cup, continuing her strong run from the previous year to claim the singles championship. She clinched the title with a win over Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario in the final. The tournament was not a complete loss for Sanchez-Vicario, as she and partner Larisa Neiland earned the doubles crown.
Sonya Jeyaseelan joined fellow Canadian main draw entrants Rene Collins, Patricia Hy-Boulais, Jana Nejedly, and Cristina Popescu by earning her spot through qualifying. However, all four women fell in the first round of main draw action. Jeyaseelan could not overcome No. 9 seed Gabriela Sabatini, Collins fell to Sandrine Testud in her Rogers Cup swan song, Hy lost to Ann Grossman, Nejedly came up short against Lisa Raymond, and Popescu could not handle Kimberly Po.
It was a fairytale-like return to competitive tennis for Monica Seles, who won her first tournament after two years away from the WTA Tour. Seles put an exclamation point on her championship run by dominating Amanda Coetzer 6-0, 6-1 in the final. Also raising a trophy at the event were doubles champions Brenda Schultz-McCarthy and Gabriela Sabatini.
Patricia Hy-Boulais and Jana Nejedly each enjoyed a run to the second round of the tournament, while Vanessa Webb made some noise in the qualifying draw. Hy defeated Natalia Baudone in the first round before falling to Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario in the second. Meanwhile, Nejedly earned her first Rogers Cup win at the expense of Tami Jones, but then lost in the second round to Irina Spirlea. Webb fell to eventual finalist Amanda Coetzer in the opening round, but worked her way into the main draw through qualifying.
In a dramatic Rogers Cup final, Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario earned her second title at the event. Sanchez-Vicario outlasted fellow finalist Steffi Graf by beating her in a third set tie-break to claim the championship trophy. Sanchez-Vicario also found success in the doubles draw, teaming with Meredith McGrath to take home the crown.
None of Jana Nejedly, Sonya Jeyaseelan, Patricia Hy-Boulais, or Rene Collins could reach the second round of the event. In her Rogers Cup debut, Nejedly was eliminated by Leila Meshki, while Jeyaseelan was beaten by Nathale Baudone-Furlan, Hy was sent packing by Yayuk Basuki, and Collins lost to Petra Ritter.
Steffi Graf asserted her place atop women’s tennis with her singles title win. The world’s No. 1 player put the finishing touches on her second Rogers Cup championship by beating Jennifer Capriati in the three-set final. Jana Novotna, pairing with Larisa Neiland, took home her first of three doubles titles at the event.
Helen Kelesi and Patricia Hy-Boulais each reached the second round of play at the tournament, while Maureen Drake and Rene Collins fell in the first round. Kelesi bade farewell to the Rogers Cup by beating Pascale Paradis-Mangon and subsequently falling to Amanda Coetzer. Hy topped Elena Brioukhovets, but then went onto lose to Naoko Sawamatsu. Drake and Collins lost to Ginger Nielsen and Leila Meskhi, respectively.
Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario claimed her first Rogers Cup title, becoming the first Spanish woman to win the event. The Barcelona Bumblebee earned the trophy with a hard-fought, three-set win over Monica Seles in the final. The doubles draw saw the team of Lori McNeil and Rennae Stubbs reign supreme for their first title together.
Patricia Hy-Boulais gave Canadian fans plenty to cheer about with her run to the quarter-finals of the event. She defeated Kathy Rinaldi, Rita Hiraki, and Katerina Maleeva to set up a showdown with Seles, which she ultimately lost. Helen Kelesi reached the second round of play, thanks to a win over Andrea Temesvari-Trankos, before getting eliminated by Nathalie Tauziat. Other Canadians competing in the main draw included Rene Collins, Sonya Jeyaseelan, Maureen Drake, and Vanessa Webb, all of whom lost in the first round.
Jennifer Capriati won her first and only Rogers Cup crown while also reaching her first of four finals at the event. Capriati secured her title with a win over Katerina Maleeva, who fell just short of a championship for the second consecutive year, in the singles final. She was joined atop the podium by doubles champions Larisa Savchenko and Natasha Zvereva.
Helen Kelesi, Rene Collins, and Patricia Hy-Boulais all advanced past the first round of the event, including Kelesi’s run to the third round. Kelesi bested compatriot Melanie Bedard and Kimiko Date before falling to Gabriela Sabatini, while Collins topped Akiko Kijimuta before running into Regina Rajchrtova and Hy got past Sandra Dopfer, only to come up short against Natalia Zvereva. Maureen Drake and Sonya Jeyaseelan both lost in first round contests.
Steffi Graf enjoyed a breakout performance at Rogers Cup, overwhelming the rest of the field with her power en route to the championship. In order to win the title, Graf had to tough out a three-set final against Katerina Maleeva. Gabriela Sabatini and Betsy Nagelsen also enjoyed a week of stellar play, as they wrapped up the doubles crown.
Two Canadians found themselves among the final 16 players in the tournament, as Patricia Hy-Boulais and Helen Kelesi reached the third round. Hy beat Claudia Chabalgoity and Claudia Porwik before falling at the hands of Nathalie Tauziat, and Kelesi worked her way past Carrie Cunningham and Anne Minter before bowing out to Manuela Maleeva-Fragniere. Other homegrown talents in the draw included Rene Collins and Jill Hetherington, who both lost in the first round.