Sports World No. 1 Swiatek bounced from National Bank Open by unseeded Haddad Maia
Medvedev, Swiatek get top seeds for upcoming National Bank Open tennis tournaments
TORONTO — Defending champion Daniil Medvedev has been named the top seed for the upcoming National Bank Open men's tennis tournament in Montreal, while Iga Swiatek is the top seed for the women's event in Toronto. Tennis Canada announced the seedings Monday, based on that day's release of the most recent ATP and WTA rankings. Both Medvedev and Swiatek are world No. 1 players. Other seeded players for the men's tournament include five-time champion Rafael Nadal as the second seed, third-seed Carlos Alcaraz, who won Masters tournaments in Miami and Madrid this year, and fourth-seed Stefanos Tsitsipas.
TORONTO — World No. 1 Iga Swiatek was stunned by Beatriz Haddad Maia 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 on Thursday at the National Bank Open.
The unseeded Haddad Maia had already upset 13th-seeded Leylah Fernandez of Laval, Que., the previous day.
She will face the winner of the Round of 16 match between Belinda Bencic and Garbine Muguruza in a quarterfinal on Friday.
Serving was an issue for Swiatek with nine double faults to Haddad Maia's one.
Haddad Maia, ranked No. 24 in the world heading into the tournament, won the match point when Swiatek put a forehand long and wide.
Bianca Andreescu of Mississauga, Ont., who won the Canadian Open the last time the women played in Toronto in 2019, was scheduled to kick off Centre Court's evening slate with a match against China's Zheng Qinwen.
Félix Auger-Aliassime embraces high expectations for National Bank Open
There are high expectations for Félix Auger-Aliassime at this year’s National Bank Open, but he embraces the role of hometown favourite. “This is the position I want to be in,” said the Montrealer, who took time out on his 22nd birthday to speak with the media Sunday. “You get to the place I am today gradually. You have to put in the work. I’ve been in this position where there were expectations, going back to when I was 14, 15 and through junior, so this is nothing new to me.” Because of the pandemic, Auger-Aliassime is making his first appearance in Montreal in three years. He returns at No. 9 in the ATP Tour rankings, and he will be the sixth seed in the Masters 1000 event.
Earlier, Coco Gauff moved on to the quarterfinals of the WTA event with an entertaining and error-filled 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (4) win over Aryna Sabalenka.
Serving for the match, the 10th-seeded American put the contest away on her first match point when Sabalenka returned Gauff's serve long.
Sabalenka, the sixth seed from Belarus, tossed her racket in frustration after surrendering the point in a marathon match that took three hours 11 minutes to complete.
Both players struggled with windy conditions at Sobeys Stadium, with Sabalenka committing 18 double faults and Gauff hitting into 15. Sabalenka had 42 unforced errors overall, while Gauff had 32.
Sabalenka and Gauff both struggled with their service game as the wind swirled before a packed house at the venue's grandstand, though both were able to hold through the first 10 games.
National Bank Open a celebration of Canadian tennis, past and present
TORONTO — With anticipation reaching fever pitch following an hour-plus rain delay, an incandescent pink and orange cloud hovers over Sobeys Stadium ahead of Leylah Annie Fernandez’s opening match at the National Bank Open. There are matching pink and orange hues adorned through the crowd, particularly in Fernandez’s box, which she looks to with increased frequency in what turns out to be a 6-4, 6-7(2), 6-3 thriller against Australian qualifier Storm Sanders, spanning two hours and forty minutes.
Gauff will face Romania's Simona Halep in the quarterfinals. Halep, a two-time Canadian Open champion, defeated Switzerland's Jil Teichmann 6-2, 7-5 to begin the day's slate of matches at Centre Court.
Later, seventh seed Jessica Pegula of the United States came back from a set down to defeat defending champion Camila Giorgi of Italy 3-6, 6-0, 7-5.
Pegula saved match point to tie the third set 5-5, then broke to take the lead on Giorgi's sixth double fault of the match. Pegula served to love in the final game to move on to the quarterfinals.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 11, 2022.
John Chidley-Hill, The Canadian Press
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