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- Top Seeds: Angelique Kerber, Garbine Muguruza, Agnieszka Radwanska, Simona Halep
- 2015 Champion: Belinda Bencic
- British interest: Johanna Konta, Heather Watson, Naomi Broady
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MONTREAL, CANADA – The race is on for the World No. 1 spot as Serena Williams pulls out on the eve of the main draw start.
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Top Half – Madison Keys  v Kristina Kucova [Q] – First Meeting
Surely the spotlight has to fall on qualifier Kucova who halted British No. 1 Johanna Konta’s bid to break into the World’s Top 10, but with confidence and adrenalin this high – she will be looking for her seventh straight win as she looks to make her first WTA level final.
Standing in her way is Keys who has had a great year. She reached the Rome final and was many people’s ‘dark horse’ pick in the Wimbledon predictions, borne out by winning her second grass court title in the puddles on Birmingham.
Not surprisingly this is a first meeting for the pair, and maybe the element of the unknown will again count in Kucova’s favour. But perhaps as we saw for Konta, all good winning streaks, especially against quality opposition must come to an end.
Prediction: Keys in two sets.
Bottom Half– Angelique Kerber  v Simona Halep  – H2H: Halep leads 3-2
Kerber has surely silenced any critics that her run to the Australian Open title was a fluke, when she made it to her second Slam final of the year at Wimbledon. But an injury saw her pull out of Bastad where she had opted to play instead of defending her Stanford title.
Meeting either a qualifier or Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, if she is fit enough she should be ready to face Elina Svitolina. If she is fit, this could be a good run for the German.
At the other end of the bracket, Vinci also has some tricky obstacles in her way. Sloane Stephens bombed out of Washington in the opening round, and admitted it was a bad day at the office, but if she is back on song, she could be a tough one for the Italian.
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