TORONTO, ON - AUGUST 08: Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark, talks to the media at the WTA All-Access Hour at the Rogers Cup presented by National Bank at the Rexall Centre on August 8, 2011 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (credit: Chris Trotman/AFP/Getty Images)
The excitement has begun in Montreal as we draw ever nearer to the main draw of the Rogers CupYou can watch and bet on the Rogers Cup live for free at bet365 > live tennis
With double Olympic gold winner Serena Williams choosing to opt out of the Rogers Cup this week, we’re left with a field full of WTA stars vying for a vacated title, which happens to be one of the most prestigious titles in American tennis. Olympic silver medallist Maria Sharapova is arguably the headline name in this year’s draw, but she’s going to need to produce some stellar performances to overcome the rest of the field.
Sharapova’s main threat in Montreal appears to be Victoria Azarenka, who won mixed doubles gold with Max Mirnyi on Sunday. Azarenka has been a thorn in the side for the Russian for much of the season, though Sharapova seems to have developed a more effective strategy for dealing with her in recent months.
There are some other household names in the draw, including former Wimbledon champ Petra Kvitova, US Open champ Sam Stosur, Agnieszka Radwanska, Caroline Wozniacki and Angelique Kerber.
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