First round of qualifying kicks off 2017 Rogers Cup

Saturday, Aug 5

The first round of qualifying ushered in the long awaited start to the 2017 Rogers Cup presented by National Bank. The tough list of contenders ranged from the young and powerful like Naomi Osaka to hometown favourites like Gabriela Dabrowski. Rising stars took to the court to try and move closer to the main draw.

407 ETR Free Community Weekend

Rogers Cup is about more than just tennis! During community weekend, everyone is welcome to come on site for free to enjoy qualifying. The best part? It continues tomorrow. Be sure to come back again and bring your friends.

Fans can watch top players practice on Centre Court and feel the thrill of live action in qualifiers. If the little ones need a break from tennis, no worries! We’ve got you covered.

Characters of all shapes and sizes will be on the grounds like mascots from Paw Patrol, Bob the Builder, Toronto Maple Leafs Carlton the Bear and more. Don’t miss activities like face painting, balloon animals and a chance to win prizes. Take a break from the action with free sno cones and cotton candy.

Tough Day for Canadian Contenders

Half a dozen Canadian singles players took to the court on the first day of qualifying looking to move one step closer to the main draw in their home country.

2017 Roland Garros Mixed Doubles champion Gabriela Dabrowski suffered a 6-3, 6-3 defeat from No. 14 seed Varvara Lepchenko. A change of venue did little to change the outcome. Over on Court 1, Charlotte Robillard-Millette endured an identical 6-3, 6-3 scoreline as she lost to Japan’s Risa Ozaki.

Aleksandra Wozniak entered qualifying hot, picking up the Challenger Banque Nationale de Gatineau less than two weeks earlier. However, the veteran saw Sorana Cirstea pull off a decisive 6-4, 6-1 victory.

Katherine Sebov faced a tall order against Ash Barty and saw her main draw dreams end with a 6-4, 6-3 loss. The heartbreak continued for the red and white as Carson Branstine.

In the final match featuring a Canadian, Carol Zhao kept the hope alive as she started strong and gutted out a 7-6, 2-6, 6-1 win in just under two hours.

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