Today, Venus Williams (13) dug deep to defeat 19-year-old Caroline Dolehide of the US in two sets (7-5, 6-1) and wrap up her day on Centre Court at IGA Stadium in oppressive heat.
The 38-year-old elder Williams won her first WTA title before her opponent was even born but no one could tell. After a heated (in every sense of the word) first set, Venus decided that it was time to close it out. Two breaks later, she was in the second round of Rogers Cup presented by National Bank. On Tuesday, she will find out who her challenger is and can relax until Wednesday before she heads back out.
Two other seeded players were also in action on opening morning and both lived up to their reputations. Karolina Pliskova (9) of the Czech Republic disposed of her countrywoman Katerina Siniakova in two identical sets 6-4, 6-4). Julia Goerges (10) of Germany fought a three-set battle to oust Timea Babos of Hungary (3-6, 7-6 (3), 6-4).
Anett Kontaveit of Estonia defeated Ekaterina Makarova of Russia, Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia pulverised Aleksandra Krunic of Serbia, and Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine ejected qualifier Katie Boulter of Great Britain.
In doubles, Eugenie Bouchard of Montréal got her tournament off to a great start. All smiles, she had several moments of brilliance with her partner Sloane Stephens of the US in their win against fifth-seeds Gabriela Dabrowski and Yifan Xu of China (6-4, 4-6, 10-6).