Tuesday at the Rogers Cup in Pictures
By Mike McIntyre
First round matches continued today at the Rogers Cup in Toronto, while some second round matches also got underway. Here are some of the photos I was able to take on day two of the tournament.
World number one Serena Williams in practice this morning. Won't see action until Wednesday night.
Qualifier Petra Martic of Croatia has had enough of 11th seed Maria Kirilenko.
Not many fans on the Grandstand court at 11:30am on a Tuesday. Sparse crowds have been contagious through the first two days of the tournament which is unfortunate as the tennis has been terrific.
Kirilenko (who happens to be engaged to Russian hockey player Alex Ovechkin) stayed focused throughout the match. Check out the heavy tape on her left knee!
Big serve considering her slight frame.
Anastasia Rodionova was doing her best impersonation of Bethanie Mattek-Sands with her black knee-high socks.
Umpire Kader Nouni has without a doubt the coolest voice on the WTA Tour. Looks pretty badass too.
Two time Grand Slam champion Svetlana Kuznetsova getting worked on during a medical timeout during the third set of her match against American Lauren Davis. Davis was up 3-0 when this happened. Coincidence...I think not.
Davis didn't look impressed about the interruption. Or maybe it was the quality of the umbrella she had to sit under?
Davis would win the match against her more experienced opponent by a score of 3-6, 7-5, 7-5. Due to some funny scheduling with the qualifiers, it was the second time that Davis had defeated Kuznetsova here in Toronto this week - once in qualies and now again in the main draw.
Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia leaps through the air as she volleys the ball back towards opponent Angelique Kerber, the 8th seed, from Germany.
Cibulkova would earn the tough victory, 6-7, 6-2, 7-5 to advance to the third round. We had her picked for the quarterfinals in our tournament preview based on hard court play in 2013.
Venus Williams made her return to the WTA Tour today, playing in her first match since the French Open.
Williams raced out to take the first set 6-0 in 22 minutes. Why don't I look that good after a two and a half month layoff?
Unfortunately Venus couldn't keep it up and her opponent, world No. 13 Kirsten Flipkens would win 0-6, 6-4, 6-2 to deny tennis fans the possibility of an all-Williams 3rd round match-up.
Martina Hingis in her second tournament appearance since coming out of retirement. She and partner Daniela Hantuchova defeated singles power-houses Angelique Kerber and Petra Kvitova in straight sets to advance.
Hantuchova was lethal at the net.
Both players confirmed they would like this partnership to continue into the 2014 season, though Hingis said a return to singles was not going to happen. "I'm not 17 anymore," she said smiling.
The Polish contingent was out to support Agnieszka Radwanska. Here tennis fan Dariusz Grabka proudly shows off his colours.
Radwanska would not disappoint her fans as she cruised to a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium.
It was a tough day at the office for Wickmayer who has been struggling to find consistency this year.
Closing time at the Rogers Cup. See you tomorrow!
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