Rogers Cup RoundupJake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016
The Rogers Cup is now well underway and after an exciting first day, the rest of the tournament is set to be just as impressive.
Not one of the Grand Slams, the Rogers Cup is used by many players as a warm up to the US Open. The Cup acts as a good predictor of how players might fare when competing for the year’s first Grand Slam.
That’s not to say that the Canadian contest is any less entertaining, as day one has already shown. Some of the most exciting rising stars have outdone themselves battling through the first round and tonight will begin introducing the bigger names as round 2 gets underway.
Heather Watson Wins Against Smitkova
British Women’s number one Heather Watson progressed to the second round after a 6-4 5-7 6-4 win over Tereza Smitkova. Despite letting slip three break points in the second set, Watson held on to win the deciding set against her Czech opponent.
Pending the outcome of the remainder of the round one matches, Watson will now face either Francoise Abanda or tenth seed Dominika Cibulkova in the next round.
Murray Plans His Comeback
Andy Murray’s had a disappointing year so far. Following his back operation last September the 27-year-old British number one has yet to return to form and failed to make much of an impact at Wimbledon.
In a statement last week, Murray announced, “I wasn’t able to train as much at the beginning part of the year because of my back. Now I can start training again 100%, not holding back.”
Hoping to use the Rogers Cup as an opportunity to prepare for the US Open and improve his world ranking – which has dropped to nine – Murray commented of Wimbledon that “maybe what I was missing was just some physical strength.”
Murray will certainly need to be on top form for his first game, which will see him play either Colombian Santiago Giraldo or Aussie teen Nick Kyrgios in round two tomorrow. Kyrgios made a name for himself last month as the kid who knocked out two-time champ Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon. All eyes will be watching him to see how far he can progress as one of the Rogers Cup Wildcard entrants.
One to Watch: Polansky to Take on Federer
Already causing a stir at the Rogers Cup, Canadian Wildcard Polansky defeated Janowicz in his first round game, winning 7-6(5), 6-4. Tonight he’ll be tested to his limits against number two seed and 17-time Grand Slam champ Roger Federer in what he has said will be one of the highlights of his career so far.