By Britwatch Team
- Top Seeds: Karolina Pliskova, Simona Halep, Angelique Kerber, Garbine Muguruza
- Defending champion: Simona Halep
- British Interest: Johanna Konta, Heather Watson (Qualifying)
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TORONTO, CANADA – World No. 1 Karolina Pliskova takes to the court for the first time since an early exit at Wimbledon as she starts her hard-court campaign.
Rogers Cup Draw & Results
|Order of Play|
WTA Toronto Results
|WTA Toronto $2,434,389||R2||9 Aug|
|C Garcia (FRA)||61 64||V Lepchenko [Q] (USA)|
|B Strycova (CZE)||64 75||S Kuznetsova  (RUS)|
|G Muguruza  (ESP)||75 62||K Flipkens [Q] (BEL)|
|A Barty [Q] (AUS)||63 57 64||E Vesnina  (RUS)|
|L Safarova (CZE)||62 64||D Cibulkova  (SVK)|
|Ka Pliskova  (CZE)||63 63||A Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)|
|A Radwanska  (POL)||60 61||T Babos (HUN)|
|V Williams  (USA)||75 75||K Siniakova (CZE)|
|N Osaka [Q] (JPN)||63 64||A Sevastova  (LAT)|
|E Makarova (RUS)||57 76(4) 63||J Konta  (GBR)|
|S Halep  (ROU)||63 64||M Rybarikova [LL] (SVK)|
|S Stephens (USA)||76(4) 36 62||P Kvitova  (CZE)|
|A Kerber  (GER)||64 76(5)||D Vekic [Q] (CRO)|
|WTA Toronto $2,434,389||R1||8 Aug|
|M Rybarikova [LL] (SVK)||75 60||M Lucic-Baroni (CRO)|
|A Barty [Q] (AUS)||50 RET||O Dodin (FRA)|
|C Garcia (FRA)||62 67(4) 64||S Cirstea [Q] (ROU)|
|C Bellis (USA)||46 63 62||J Goerges (GER)|
|E Vesnina  (RUS)||63 63||A Riske|
|D Vekic [Q] (CRO)||63 64||E Bouchard [WC] (CAN)|
|E Makarova (RUS)||61 63||Peng S (CHN)|
|A Radwanska  (POL)||63 62||63 60+A4:C14|
|A Pavlyuchenkova (RUS)||60 61||A Cornet (FRA)|
|E Svitolina  (UKR)||76(4) 64||D Kasatkina (RUS)|
|T Babos (HUN)||64 61||B Andreescu [WC] (CAN)|
|B Strycova (CZE)||46 76(5) 63||D Gavrilova (AUS)|
|C Wozniacki  (DEN)||63 60||E Alexandrova (RUS)|
|WTA Toronto $2,434,389||R1||7 Aug|
|N Osaka [Q] (JPN)||61 41 RET||H Watson [Q] (GBR)|
|D Gavrilova (AUS)||63 63||L Arruabarrena [Q] (ESP)|
|B Strycova (CZE)||62 63||K Mladenovic  (FRA)|
|D Kasatkina (RUS)||76(3) 76(1)||R Vinci (ITA)|
|K Flipkens [Q] (BEL)||62 RET||A Konjuh (CRO)|
|E Alexandrova [Q] (RUS)||61 76(3)||S Vickery [Q] (USA)|
|V Lepchenko [Q] (USA)||16 76(2) 76(5)||J Ostapenko  (LAT)|
|D Cibulkova  (SVK)||76(3) 64||L Tsurenko (UKR)|
|A Sevastova  (LAT)||61 46 63||L Davis (USA)|
|P Kvitova  (CZE)||61 76(5)||C Suarez Navarro (ESP)|
|S Stephens (USA)||67(4) 60 64||Y Putintseva (KAZ)|
|V Williams  (USA)||61 36 63||I-C Begu [Q] (ROU)|
|K Siniakova (CZE)||46 60 64||M Duque-Marino [Q] (COL)|
|L Safarova (CZE)||64 64||F Abande [WC] (CAN)|
The Top Seeds
Pliskova ascended to the World No. 1 after her second round exit, after Angelique Kerber’s own Wimbledon campaign ended early, but it was not the way she would have liked to gain the top spot. Even allowing for the absences of Serena Williams, the returning Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova, she still has a class field to get through.
 Simona Halep
Things looked as though they were going very well for Halep as she opened her US hard-court summer in Washington, but the heat and humidity that goes with this part of the year. She started her quarter-final well before succumbing to heat illness as the sun sapped her.
She returns to Canada having won the tournament last year when it was held in Montreal, and she reached the final the year before, so this is a place she knows and plays well at, but she has a tough draw, coming up against either Madison Keys or Mirjana Lucic-Baroni in her opener, Kristina Mladenovic in the third round and either Svetlana Kuznetsova or French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in the quarter-finals.
 Angelique Kerber
It has been a frustrating time for the reigning US Open champion, as she starts her bid to try and defend her title with her first tournament since Wimbledon. She acknowledged that she has struggled but maybe with the World No. 1 spot having gone, she may free herself a little.
Her draw could throw up a few surprises – Genie Bouchard playing in front of a home crowd is her probable second round opponent, and she could face Petra Kvitova, whose US return stumbled early in Stanford. British interest could well be served with a possible quarter-final clash with Johanna Konta who also starts her preparation for the final Slam of the year here.
 Garbiñe Muguruza
Muguruza’s second Slam win seems to have made the world of difference to Spaniard. Prior to winning Wimbledon, she had struggled to really come to terms with the regular grind of the tour, and the pressure of speculation as to whether she could defend her title.
This time around though there has been no such slump with a deep run in Stanford, and a chance to maybe clash one more with talented Croatian Ana Konjuh in her opener. She could also be on for a rematch with Venus Williams as a potential quarter-final opponent.
The Rogers Cup takes place between 7-13 August (BST -5 hours)
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