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Monday at the Rogers Cup in Pictures

By Mike McIntyre

The stars of the WTA Tour got into the action on Monday in Toronto as round one of the Rogers Cup began. Here are a few shots from around the grounds of the Rexall Centre.

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You'd think it was 1999 walking in and seeing giant banners of Martina Hingis and Monica Seles hanging from the outside of Centre Court.

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Your 2013 Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli was all smiles while practicing but does not quite look as conditioned as she could as the U.S. Open approaches.

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Four Canadian women are in the draw this year, led by Eugenie Bouchard who at the age of 19 is already ranked 62nd in the world. Stephanie Dubois and Sharon Fichman play each other in the first round on Tuesday guaranteeing at least one Canuck moving on.

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Number three seed Agnieszka Radwanska was all business during her practice session.

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Jelena Jankovic, ranked 14th in the world, working some of the kinks out of her backhand.

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A new look on Centre Court this year as the upper level bleachers have been removed to allow for a more intimate feel. I guess they're not quite selling as many tickets as they had hoped.

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Flavia Pennetta takes out the younger Radwanska in the first match completed on Centre Court. Take a look at the first serve percentage by the Italian though...wow. Something tells me the statistician was sleeping on the job!

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This kind of fashion statement could only be made by Bethanie Mattek-Sands who was called into action at the last minute when Laura Robson pulled out with a wrist injury.

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Mattek-Sands would fall to Yanina Wickmayer (pictured above) 6-4, 2-6, 6-4.

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A little insight into the media requirements that the top players have to adhere to on opening day.

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Marion Bartoli explaining where she displays her Wimbledon trophy to ESPN's Kamakshi Tandon

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Genie Bouchard signing for fans after losing in doubles with partner Kirsten Flipkens.

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Lucie Safarova receiving some on-court coaching in a losing effort to fellow Czech Klara Zakopalova.

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Monica Seles, Eugenie Bouchard, Venus and Serena Williams before their doubles exo that was won 8-5 by the Williams sisters.

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Serena seemed enthralled as the question period rolled along!

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