Several star players opted to start their 2018 season at the Shenzhen Open as world number one Simona Halep will be joined by the likes of Roland Garros champion Jelena Ostapenko and five-time Major champion Maria Sharapova.
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.
Ekaterina Alexandrova provided a tough fight, but Garbine Muguruza was still too good for the Russian in their Wimbledon first round clash as the 2015 finalist prevailed in straight sets after just an hour of play.
One of the must-watch matches in the first round of Wimbledon features former finalist Garbine Muguruza and fellow hard-hitter Ekaterina Alexandrova as both players look to provide the fans with some impressive tennis.
The final match on Court Philippe Chatrier saw 2nd seed Karolina Pliskova survive a scare against 22-year-old Ekaterina Alexandrova, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 in 1 hour and 41 minutes, booking her spot in the third round for the first time in her career.
The former world number one and Wimbledon semifinalist in 2007, Ana Ivanovic suffered a disappointing upset in her first match against qualifier and number 227, Ekaterina Alexandrova, losing in straight sets.