Look ahead: Rogers Cup presented by National Bank is up next

Monday, May 22

Mark up your calendars because Rogers Cup presented by National Bank is just over two months away.

To get you set for the next WTA Premier 5 tournament, we recap the championship runs to date.

Champions Corner

Elina Svitolina won the first of the Premier 5 tournaments this year in Dubai.

The Ukrainian demonstrated total dominance over world no. 2 Angelique Kerber in the semi-finals and 10th seed Caroline Wozniacki in the championship match. Svitolina went on a 13-match win streak from Taipei City through Ukraine’s Fed Cup tie against Australia to Dubai and ending in Kuala Lumpur. The run included back-to-back titles and only three sets dropped over three weeks.

Moving across the world to the Californian dessert, Elena Vesnina battled her way to victory in Indian Wells.

In an all-Russian final, Vesnina defeated good friend and world no. 8 Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-7(6), 7-5, 6-4 to win the biggest title of her singles career. Vesnina is best known for her doubles results with fellow Russian Ekaterina Makarova – the pair have won the US Open and Roland Garros. Vesnina’s singles ranking has been on an upwards climb over the past year after she made the semi-finals in Charleston and Wimbledon in 2016.

Vesnina achieved a career-high ranking of 13 following her Indian Wells title run.

On the courts of Miami, Johanna Konta stunned no. 3 seed Simona Halep, Australian Open runner-up Venus Williams and a resurgent Caroline Wozniacki to win the biggest title of her career.

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Like Vesnina, Konta has been on an upwards climb in the rankings over the past year. The Miami Open title is Konta’s biggest title thus far in her career. If she remains healthy, she will pose a real threat for Wimbledon and the US Open Series this summer. She is the defending champion in Stanford and Rogers Cup quarter-finalist.

Simona Halep reached the semi-finals or better in all three clay tournaments leading up to Roland Garros. These results include the Romanian defending her 2016 Madrid Open title. She defeated Kristina Mladenovic in a thrilling final: 7-5, 6-7(5), 6-2.

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Madrid was Halep’s first title of the year. She also appeared in the semi-finals of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart and the championship match in Rome. Her in-form run on the clay secured her a Top 5 seeding for Roland Garros. Halep also stands the potential to reclaim her best-ever ranking in Paris – world no. 2.

And finally, Svitolina brings us back in a full circle. The Ukrainian capped off her Roland Garros preparations in Rome by winning the Internazionali BNL d’Italia title – her second Premier 5 title (Wuhan, 2015).

Svitolina defeated Madrid champion Halep in the final in three sets 4-6, 7-5, 6-1. The Rome title was Svitolina’s fourth title of the season (eighth overall) and propelled her to a career-high ranking of no. 6.

The 22-year-old has won at least one title per season dating back to 2013 and set a career-high record for titles in one season with her Rome run. She rolls into Roland Garros with two clay titles and bursting with confidence.

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Rogers Cup Preview

These four champions will be among a deep WTA field in Toronto this August for the next Premier 5 tournament at Rogers Cup.

2016 champion Simona Halep will try to defend her title while Genie Bouchard leads the Canadian talent who will try to breakthrough and claim victory on home soil.

Stay tuned for the full entry list coming June 28.

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