By Mike McIntyre
With play all but rained out on opening day of the main draw at the Rogers Cup in Toronto on Monday, all of the courts at the Aviva Centre were packed on Tuesday as the tournament tried to get back on schedule. Tennis fans got to see some of the best talents on the WTA Tour including the return of 2013 Toronto champion and world No. 1 Serena Williams, Canadian content in the form of Francoise Abanda, Carol Zhao and of course Genie Bouchard, and a host of other players that we will share with you in some of our best photos below.
The newly named Aviva Centre and poster child Genie Bouchard greet fans as they arrive on site.
Serena Williams on the practice court ahead of her first match. It's all good.
Coach Patrick Mouratoglou having a laugh at the expense of Serena's backhand.
Always important to make sure your nails look good on court. Federer does this all the time too.
Serena's hitting partner was getting frustrated with his play. Dude it's ok - she's a legend.
Many feel that Victoria Azarenka could be Serena's biggest challenge. She tweeted this pic of mine to her fans. I'm sure she'll give me credit one day!
Azarenka is currently ranked 21st but most consider after injury issues she's still top 10 material
Today she took out Elina Svitolina in straight sets 6-1, 6-4
Waiving to the two Belarusians hanging out in the bleachers
Qualifier Yanina Wickmayer's intensity in this shot was absent for much of her loss today unfortunately
Carina Witthoeft delivered a mild upset over "You Go Glen" Coco Vandeweghe
Fresh off a tournament win in Standford Sunday, Angelique Kerber was ready to rock in Toronto
She defeated Misaki Doi easily 6-0, 6-1. Ouch!
Monica Puig practicing her Superwoman look here as she leapt into the second round.
Now back to Serena who took the court mid afternoon against an opponent she was 6-0 against
Rockin' the neon green like she's Andre Agassi. Serena somehow found herself down a set and a break.
But then this happened.
Followed quickly by this. Serena advances 2-6, 6-3, 6-0.
When I asked her about being the only player left from 2001 still in this event she said she feels, "like a nice vintage wine...getting better with age."
When you try too hard to convince the umpire that it's raining.
Oh there's some rain...oh wait, I mean tears.
Zarina Diyas wins the coolest first name in the tourney IMO
But she doesn't win the match as that honour is taken by Julia Goerges who's slightly happy to move on.
A glimpse into the future of Canadian tennis. Francoise Abanda is only 18 but has loads of talent.
She pushed the 16th seed to three sets but could not close it out after leading 1-0.
Dominika Cibulkova warming up for her night match.
She's got the right mentality for sure.
The first match tonight saw Genie Bouchard make her first appearance on hard courts this summer.
The rust was evident as she lost the opening set 6-0.
She showed flashes of her 2014 self in the 2nd set which she came back to win 7-5.
Her opponent Belinda Bencic saw her grip on the match momentarily spin out of control.
But not for long as the Canadian was handed a 6-0, 5-7, 6-2 defeat.
Lots to ponder from this one as Bouchard tries desperately to salvage something of a difficult year on the WTA Tour.