It was also just the second match of the day, and after hours of waiting around for the weather to let up, athletes face the additional challenge of starting a match at the drop of a dime.
“It’s easy to let yourself get negative when you lose a couple of matches in a row or you know your body’s not feeling great”, Bouchard said. “It’s definitely been a tough road”.
“I feel like I started out a little bit rusty in a sense”.
“I will try to be ready for the matches”.
Speaking about the conditions on court, the top seed in Toronto said “it was windy for sure, very windy“, but thinks that was “good preparation for the [US] Open” because there it “is much windier“. At 1-2 down in the second, she flipped the switch and won 11 of the next 12 games to defeat Pennetta.
Her problems, however, were not over as Pennetta would break Williams on her next opportunity to lead 2-1. Simona Halep debuts against Jankovic and Bencic battles Caroline Wozniacki. Her first love was fashion.
“For me it is really important to stay in the moment and stay focused”.
“But she played really well today – she was hitting deep and doing a lot of things so well“. “So I’m proud of that”.
It was an apt analogy, considering she is the only player who competed in the 2001 Rogers Cup still active here this year.
With all four slam titles already in her possession for a second so-called Serena Slam, a successful defense of her US Open crown next month in Flushing Meadows would put her in an exclusive club along with Maureen Connolly, Margaret Court and Steffi Graf as women who have swept all four in a season.
“Still working on that toe point”, she said in the caption. “I just felt like I had to make a change”.
I think that we could well see a repeat of Stanford in the quarters, with Radwanska facing Kerber.
She said Dragic will continue coaching her for the time being but added that wasn’t a permanent arrangement.
Montreal’s Francoise Abanda will play 16th-seeded Andrea Petkovic of Germany after Bouchard’s match.
Serena Williams defeated Flavia Pennetta 2-6 6-3 6-0 to make it into the third round of the Rogers Cup on Tuesday evening.
In the mag, when asked what she’ll do after her “eventual retirement”, Williams responded, “I will finally be able to make some Miami Dolphin games”, she says, laughing, “and make some, uh, better decisions down there with the players”.