The first day of main draw action got underway in Toronto but soon came to a halt with the heavens opening. The only completed match of the day was on Centre Court where Flavia Pennetta defeated Gabriela Dabrowski in straight sets, 6-4 6-1. Pennetta will play Serena Williams in the second round, which is set to be played during Tuesday’s day session. In the first match of the day over on Grandstand, Alizé Cornet and Carla Suárez Navarro are locked at one set all after Cornet took the first set, 6-3 and Suárez Navarro came back to win the second set on the tiebreak, 7-6(2).
Suárez Navarro made the brighter start to go up an early break but Cornet won eight of the next nine games to lead by a set and break. Suárez Navarro came into this one on a four match losing streak having not won a match since Birmingham and that looked evident for much of the match. She looked hesistant and unwilling to step in, and never looked secure on her backhand side, leaking errors. Cornet soaked up the pressure and seemed to win the majority of the longer rallies. Cornet also played the big points better and won the tight games that went to deuce.
Cornet was the better player and had all kinds of leads in the second set up *4-1, *5-4 and then *6-5. She twice failed to serve out the set and then played a horrible tiebreak. CSN won the first six points not having to do a great deal and eventually won it seven points to two.
Cornet came back but the pair then went off immediately. It’s still raining and the forecast doesn’t look good for the rest of the day. The break will probably do Cornet good as Suárez Navarro had the momentum. The tennis wasn’t great but a third set would have been a treat…
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