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Tennis: Canadians Shapovalov, Raonic advance in Montreal

Last updated on: August 06, 2019 12:06 IST

Canada's Denis Shapovalov reacts after defeating France's Pierre-Hughes Herbert during the Rogers Cup tennis tournament at Stade IGA in Montreal, Canada, on Monday

IMAGE: Canada's Denis Shapovalov reacts after defeating France's Pierre-Hughes Herbert during the Rogers Cup tennis tournament at Stade IGA in Montreal, Canada, on Monday. Photograph: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

Canadians Denis Shapovalov and Milos Raonic fed off a supportive home crowd to advance in straight sets to the second-round of the Rogers Cup in Montreal on Monday.

Shapovalov defeated France's Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-3 ,7-5 to snap a five-match losing streak while Raonic crushed 16 aces en route to a 6-4, 6-4 win over another Frenchman, Lucas Pouille, earlier in the day.

 

Their victories helped keep the nation's hopes of a homegrown men's singles champion alive. The last Canadian man to triumph at the event was Robert Bedard in 1958.

Another promising young Canadian, 18-year-old Felix Auger Aliassime, will be in action on Tuesday when the Montreal native faces compatriot Vasek Pospisil in the first round.

There was more French woe with 2014 champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga losing 6-2, 6-2 to German Jan-Lennard Struff, while 16th seed Gael Monfils survived a scare from world No. 172 Peter Polansky before advancing 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-3.

Monfils will next meet qualifier Ilya Ivashka, who was a straight-sets winner over South Korea's Kwon Soon-woo.

Three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka, 10th seed Roberto Bautista Agut and American Tommy Paul were among the other players to advance to the second round on Monday.

Top American John Isner will face Australia's Jordan Thompson, Marin Cilic will battle Bradley Klahn, and 11th seed Borna Coric and Peter Gojowczyk will have their first career meeting when the Masters 1000 event resumes on Tuesday.

Konta, Sharapova fall in Toronto

Upsets bookended the Rogers Cup on Monday with Ukrainian teen Dayana Yastremska beating British 13th seed Johanna Konta 6-3, 6-2 early on in Toronto before Maria Sharapova fell 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 to Anett Kontaveit under the lights in the evening session.

Estonian Kontaveit battled back from a set and a break down in the first-round match to defeat the five-time Grand Slam champion, who entered the tournament as a wild card after injuries kept her out of action for much of the season.

The Russian sent a forehand service return long on match point to end the engrossing two hour and 41 minute battle.

Kontaveit will next face either seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams or Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro, who play their first-round match on Tuesday.

Earlier in the day, Yastremska, ranked 33rd in the world, squandered four match points but took her fifth opportunity, dispatching Konta with the clock barely ticking past noon on the Toronto hardcourt.

The result avenged Yastremska's loss to Konta when the pair met at Eastbourne in June.

The 19-year-old from Odessa is having a breakout season after claiming two titles and producing a spirited run to the last 16 at Wimbledon.

Russia's Daria Kasatkina recovered from a disastrous first set to upset 12th seed Angelique Kerber 0-6, 6-2, 6-4 while Latvia's Jelena Ostapenko, 15th seed Caroline Wozniacki and American Jennifer Brady all advanced in straight sets at the WTA's Premier 5 event.

In other matches, 76th-ranked American Jennifer Brady defeated 50th-ranked Kristina Mladenovic of France 6-1, 6-2. Swiss 11th seed Belinda Benic, the 2015 champion, beat Russian Anastasia Potapova 6-2, 6-1 and 20th-ranked Belgian Elise Mertens outlasted Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus 3-6, 6-3, 6-1.

Tuesday's schedule features world number one Ashleigh Barty taking on American Sofia Kenin and an all-Canadian clash between Eugenie Bouchard and teenager Bianca Andreescu.

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