Ekaterina Makarova and Carla Suarez Navarro, both former top-10 players, will lead the 2018 Apia International Sydney qualifying draw as they will face some tough competition from the lower-ranked players.
The Russian contingent suffered a huge blow today at the US Open as their second highest-ranked player Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova crashed out in the opening game but fortunately, Daria Kasatkina and Elena Vesnina put in some excellent performances to progress to the second round.
19th seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and local crowd favourite Christina McHale faces off in what could be an interesting clash in the first round of the US Open in a rematch of their encounter in New Haven last week.
A day before the official kickoff of main draw action at the Rogers Cup presented by National Bank, the remaining 28 players still in contention for a spot in the 64-player main draw battled it out Sunday at the Aviva Centre, with most of the matches delivering their fair share of surprises.
Saturday marked the start of the 2017 Rogers Cup presented by the National Bank, with the qualifying draw at the 125th edition of the event kicking into high gear with seven Canadians in the draw, but only one of them making it past the first hurdle.
The recent Wimbledon champions look to continue their good run of form at the Rogers Cup held in Toronto as Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina plays their first tournament after their triumph at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, headlining a stellar field with many other quality pairings.