Monday, 25 July 2016

O Canada

Canada is the setting for the 2 big tennis tournaments before the Olympics.  The men are playing a Masters event in Toronto, led by Djokovic, Wawrinka, Nishikori and Wimbledon runner up Milos Raonic, hoping to take out the event in front of a home crowd.
10th seed for Toronto is Gael Monfils, fresh from winning a three set final in Washington against Ivo Karlovic.  Ivo provides a tough first round match up for 8th seed Marin Cilic in Canada.

In other events decided in the last couple of days, Feliciano Lopez won the Gstaad title.  As top seed he proved too strong for Robin Haase, but neither have chosen to compete in Toronto.
Kitzbuhel saw fourth seed Paolo Lorenzi prevail over Nikoloz Basilashvili and Fabio Fognini defeated Andrej Martin to win in Umag.

The Premier event for the women this week is in Montreal and the draw is headed by
Kerber, Muguruza, Radwanska and Halep.  Venus will be the sole Williams sister following the withdrawal of the world number one.

Venus is continuing her fine Wimbledon form, just missing out in a three set final in Stanford to Johanna Konta.  Konta, as 15th seed, will be one to watch in Montreal.
The Washington title was snapped up by Belgian seventh seed Yanina Wickmayer in straight sets over American Lauren Davis.
Germany had reason to celebrate as sixth seed Laura Siegemund triumphed in Bastad, defeating Katerina Siniakova in the final.

Konta has moved from 18 to 14, Wickmayer 44 to 36, and Siegemund 40 to 32 in the latest rankings.

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