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Tennis - 11. September 2014.

High-level tennis at the Coupe Banque Nationale


The Coupe Banque Nationale, presented by Bell, showcased high-level tennis today as several matches presented required a third set. Fourth seed and world number 86 Shelby Rogers, from the United States played her second round match today as she faced countrymate Asia Muhammad (no. 288).

As qualifier, Muhammad offered a remarkable performance and forced Rogers to battle hard throughout the three sets. It is only after two hours and 54 minutes that Rogers was confirmed a spot in the quarterfinals thanks to a 6-7(5), 7-6(2), 7-6(5) win. Meanwhile on the Bell court, Germany’s Tatjana Maria (no. 497, special ranking at no. 129) also needed a third set to eliminate the American Madison Brengle (no. 123) with a 4-6, 6-4 and 6-0 victory. In the evening session, the match featuring third seed Kristina Mladenovic (no. 73) from France and Kazakhstan’s Sesil Karatantcheva (no. 176) ended with a 5-7, 6-4, 7-5 score in favour of Karatantcheva.


In another singles match presented today, Poland’s Paula Kania (no. 159) fell to Czech Repulic’s Andrea Hlavackova in two sets of 6-3 and 6-0. Closing off the evening session, fifth seed Julia Goerges (no. 94) from Germany needed just a little over an hour to dispose of her opponent Melanie Oudin (no. 134) from the United States in two identical sets of 6-2.

Four doubles matches were also scheduled today. Third seeds Lucie Hradecka from Czech Republic and Mirjana Lucic-Baroni from Croatia, crushed their opponents Samantha Crawford and Sachia Vickery both from the United States, in two sets of 6-2 and 6-0. The Canadians Sonja Molnar and Charlotte Petrick did not have any more trouble eliminating their rivals, countrymates Ayan Broomfield and Maria Patrascu, 6-2 and 6-1. Qualifier Asia Muhammad was back on court later this afternoon teaming up this time with fellow American Maria Sanchez to face Ajla Tomljanovic, from Croatia and Anna Tatishvili from the United States. The Muhammad-Sanchez duo had the upper hand winning 6-4, 7-5 and 10-3. In the last doubles contest, the team comprised of Czech Republic’s Barbora Krejcikova and Germany’s Tatjana Maria defeated Canada’s Gabriela Dabrowski and Poland’s Paula Kania in two equal sets of 6-4.

Tomorrow, three singles and three doubles matches will be presented in the afternoon session starting at 11 am. The evening program, presented from 7 pm will star first seed Venus William who will be back on court to face qualifier Olga Savchuk (no. 225) from Ukraine. The following contest will be a doubles in which the all-Canadian duo formed of Sonja Molnar and Charlotte Petrick will compete against Barbora Krejcikova from Czech Republic and Tatjana Maria from Germany.

Good tickets are still available for afternoon and evening sessions of the Coupe Banque Nationale, presented by Bell. For reservations, fans can dial 418-653-2255.

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