By Britwatch Team

  • Top Seeds: Ashleigh Barty, Naomi Osaka, Karolina Pliskova, Simona Halep
  • Defending champion: Simona Halep
  • British interest: Johanna Konta, Heather Watson (Qualifying)
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TORONTO, CANADA – All three Slam winners this year so far make up the top order, with reigning Roland Garros champion Ashleigh Barty heading up the field

 

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Rogers Cup Draw & Results

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Order of Play
Singles
Doubles
Qualifying

 

[1] Ashleigh Barty

Where incumbent World No. 1 Barty might come undone in an otherwise comfortable looking draw is at the quarter-final stage where Barty would be looking to snap a five-match losing streak against Elina Svitolina, indeed to get her first win over the Ukrainian.

Like many players, Barty is making her tour return here so expect perhaps a little rust as she gets going.

Barty’s Path to the Final (Ranking/Seeding)

  • R1: BYE
  • R2: Sofia Kenin
  • R3: Johanna Konta [13]
  • QF: Elina Svitolina [6]
  • SF: Karolina Pliskova [3]
  • F: Naomi Osaka [2]

 

[2] Naomi Osaka

Naomi Osaka in the first round of the Nature Valley Classic, Birmingham 2019

Naomi Osaka in the first round of the Nature Valley Classic, Birmingham 2019 | Jimmie48 Tennis Photography

Will the hard courts see a reversal in fortune for Osaka? She may have started the year on a high, but it is difficult to find anything that felt positive from the European swing, despite some decent enough placings on the clay.

It proved to be two very difficult Slams in a row from the US Open and Australian Open champion, and who knows what the pressure of defending the first major will do after a difficult summer.

It is not even as though the draw is particular favourable for her. Zheng Saisai comes in with confidence of winning the San José title and has her hard-court feet under her.

Osaka’s Path to the Final (Ranking/Seeding)

  • R1: BYE
  • R2: Zheng Saisai
  • R3: Caroline Wozniacki [15]
  • QF: Serena Williams [8]
  • SF: Simona Halep [4]
  • F: Ashleigh Barty [1]

 

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[3] Karolina Pliskova

Karolina Pliskova in the second round of the Nature Valley Classic, Birmingham 2019

Karolina Pliskova in the second round of the Nature Valley Classic, Birmingham 2019 | Jimmi48 Tennis Photography

No. 3 seed Pliskova actually seems to have picked up a semi-decent draw with close or winning head to heads and while she too is coming back to the hard courts after a long break since Wimbledon, but she has perhaps the least challenging task to make some inroads past her best of a quarter-final I Toronto.

Pliskova’s Path to the Final (Ranking/Seeding)

  • R1: BYE
  • R2: Maria Sakkari
  • R3: Anett Kontaveit [16]
  • QF: Kiki Bertens [5]
  • SF: Ashleigh Barty [1]
  • F: Naomi Osaka [2]

 

[4] Simona Halep

Simona Halep in the second round of Wimbledon 2019

Simona Halep in the second round of Wimbledon 2019 | Jimmie48 Tennis Photography

The newest Wimbledon champion on the block makes her comeback and having scooped the Montreal title last year, she will be looking to start her US Open campaign in some style, carrying on where she left off.

Much like Pliskova, she has the best draw of the top seeds, and if she can get into her stride quickly at the start of her autumn hard-court season, she could do the Montreal and Toronto double.

Halep’s Path to the Final (Ranking/Seeding)

  • R1: BYE
  • R2: Kristina Mladenovic
  • R3: Madison Keys [14]
  • QF: Sloane Stephens [7]
  • SF: Naomi Osaka [2]
  • F: Ashleigh Barty [1]

 

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