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Tuesday, May 2

The best in women’s tennis return to Toronto this weekend for the 125th anniversary of the women’s tournament. World no. 1 Maria Sharapova headlines the WTA field and is returning to Toronto for the first time since 2014.

The top seed at Rogers Cup is a 5-time Grand Slam champion and holds 35 WTA titles. She is an Olympic Silver Medalist (London, 2012) and was part of the Russian Fed Cup team that made a run to the finals in 2015. Famous for her 2004 Cinderella run to her maiden Major title at Wimbledon (at age 17), Sharapova possesses an all-around game that is highlighted by her aggressive return of serve and sharp backhand.

On the season, Sharapova is holding serve 88% of the time. On average, she will break her opponent four times per match.

Sharapova holds a 10-6 Rogers Cup record since her 2003 debut. Her best result came in 2009 when she finished runner-up to Elena Dementieva.

Sharapova has won four Premier 5 titles in her career: she is a three-time champion at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome (2011-12, 2015) and past winner in Cincinnati (2011). Sharapova has made the finals at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships (2006) and Rogers Cup (2009). The Wuhan Open is the only tournament which she has yet to reach the final.

Maria Sharapova comes in to Toronto with a 30-4 record on the year. This year-to-date record includes:

  • 3 titles (Brisbane, Stuttgart, Roland Garros)
  • Wimbledon semi-finals
  • 9-0 against Top 20 players
  • (aim for 3-5 good facts/stats)

The WTA returns to Toronto from August 5 to 13 at the Aviva Centre. For tickets to see Sharapova and more, click here.

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