I sometime forget what a great year Li Na has had when she hasn’t been injured. She started the year off win a win in Shenzhen and was a finalist in Stuttgart, not to mention also a finalist in the year’s first Major, the Australian Open. Maybe that 7 week stretch when she was out with the left ankle injury she sustained in the Australian Open final against Victoria Azarenka took her out long enough to be out of sight, out of mind. Make no mistake though, since overcoming her slump after winning Roland Garros 2011, Li Na has recaptured her mojo, winning two tournaments and finishing runner up six times. One of those runner-up finishes was at last year’s Rogers Cup, where she lost a tough 3-setter to Petra Kvitova. Li Na took out Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 1 and 4 to open her run to try to get back to the final at the 2013 Rogers Cup. It was the Chinese star’s first match since reaching the quarterfinals at Wimbledon.
Speaking of that final Li Na lost at last year’s Rogers Cup, the defending champion Petra Kvitova defeated Canadian favorite Eugenie Bouchard, 6-3 6-2. Petra wasn’t as sharp as she could be, but she was good enough to fight off the 19-year old up and coming Bouchard. Although it goes down on paper as a routine 3 and 2 victory for Kvitova, there were a lot of deuce games, with a few lengthy drawn out ones. So it was more of a match than the scoreline might suggest. Genie has a bright future. One thing rising players need early on is a favorable draw. Getting defending champion Kvitova in the second round was not favorable. Maybe one day Genie will have the game to take out somebody like Petra without Kvitova having an off day and helping her. But not yet.
|doubles – First round|
|G DABROWSKI / S FICHMAN (CAN/CAN) D  A PAVLYUCHENKOVA / L SAFAROVA (RUS/CZE)||| 6 – 4 | 6 (5) – 7 | 10 – 8 ||
|J JANKOVIC / K SREBOTNIK (SRB/SLO) D D CIBULKOVA / S HSIEH (SVK/TPE)||| 6 (5) – 7 | 6 – 1 | 10 – 2 ||
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MARTINA HINGIS (autograph session)