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Ryan
May 23rd, 2006, 06:52 PM
The World’s Top 5 Players To Play In Montreal
Mauresmo, Clijsters, Petrova, Sharapova And Henin-Hardenne Confirm Their Participation

Montreal, May 18th, 2006– Tennis Canada received confirmation that the five top players in the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour rankings (as of May 15th) will take part in the Rogers Cup presented by National Bank held at Uniprix Stadium August 12-20, 2006. These players are France’s Amelie Mauresmo (1st), Belgians Kim Clijsters (2nd) and Justine Henin-Hardenne (5th) as well as Russians Nadia Petrova (3rd) and Maria Sharapova (4th). Mauresmo, who claimed the title at Montreal’s Rogers Cup in 2002 and 2004, is enjoying a remarkable 2006 season so far. She won her first Grand Slam tournament last January at the Australian Open which propelled her to the number one spot in the world rankings, position she still holds to this day. She also won the tournaments in Paris and Anvers and took part in two semifinals at Tier I events in Miami and Berlin.

“I’ve always had success in Montreal and it is with a lot of enthusiasm that I look forward to defend my title in August”, said the world number one. “It is a great city where I feel at home, especially because of the crowd’s wonderful support. The stands are always full and the atmosphere is very special. I am not surprised at all to see that the world’s top players have decided to meet in Montreal once again.”

Kim Clijsters, champion at Toronto’s edition of the Rogers Cup in 2005, will certainly have the opportunity to take the number one spot from Mauresmo in the upcoming tournaments as the gap between the two players is now very narrow. Clijsters, the 2003 US Open champion, held the numer one position back in the summer of 2003.

The Tour’s most surprising player so far in the 2006 season, Nadia Petrova, will also be one to watch. She just won the last three events in which she competed (Berlin, Charleston and Amelia Island) and these three titles moved her ahead of countrymate Maria Sharapova in the rankings. 2003 Wimbledon champion Sharapova who will definitely be a contender for the 2006 Rogers Cup title. She has had her share of success in 2006, claiming the title at Indian Wells and reaching the final in Dubai and Miami.

Justine Henin-Hardenne might not be at the top of tennis’s hierarchy like she was at the end of 2003 but she still remains one of the game’s most dangerous players. Since the start of 2006, she has shown impressive consistency, taking part in a total of seven tournaments and winning two titles (Sydney and Dubai) on top of reaching two finals (Australian Open and Berlin) and two semifinals (Indian Wells and Charleston).



-This is excellent, I'm going from thursday-sunday! :D Now only if Hingis will play, it would make my year.

watchdogfish
May 23rd, 2006, 06:54 PM
Nice, the Roger's Cup always seems to attract a top quality field. Let's hope they all play!

Tennisballova
May 23rd, 2006, 06:55 PM
Great line-up. For the time being, that is...

¤CharlDa¤
May 23rd, 2006, 06:55 PM
I'm going from saturday to most likely wed-or thursday! I'm happy to see the top players, though I'm more looking forward to seeing other players. But those top 5 girls will bring the crowds!

hablo
May 23rd, 2006, 07:00 PM
I'm so excited :woohoo:

Finally there will be some WTA coverage on tv (TSN,RDS) :banana:

Ryan
May 23rd, 2006, 07:03 PM
I'm so excited :woohoo:

Finally there will be some WTA coverage on tv (TSN,RDS) :banana:


I finally decided to buy tickets this year, and it only ended up being $638 including tax to buy a Series ticket for the whole week. I can only go for the last 4 days, so I will be selling my seat from monday-wednesday for those interested.

¤CharlDa¤
May 23rd, 2006, 07:05 PM
Hum, how much do you seel them, I might be interested here :D

¤CharlDa¤
May 23rd, 2006, 07:05 PM
Pm me with the details :angel:

tenn_ace
May 23rd, 2006, 07:14 PM
will tennis fans ever learn that these "promises-announcements" from tournaments are nothing else, but a way to sell tickets and recently they rarely follow-up on delivering the goods???? :p

Drake1980
May 23rd, 2006, 07:16 PM
I so hope I can go!

AJZ.
May 23rd, 2006, 07:17 PM
I know I'm going to go - my mom always gets me tickets to the early days :) I'll be scouting the practice courts to find Petrova, and Sharapova too (among others!)

Il Primo!
May 23rd, 2006, 07:19 PM
Remenber last summer... :devil: Hope everyone will be REALLY there ;)

hablo
May 23rd, 2006, 07:25 PM
I finally decided to buy tickets this year, and it only ended up being $638 including tax to buy a Series ticket for the whole week. I can only go for the last 4 days, so I will be selling my seat from monday-wednesday for those interested.
Wow, I only wish I could afford some tickets this year :o
But enjoy yourself, one of these days, I'll check out the Canadian open in Montreal too, a couple of years ago I got the chance to do so in Toronto :bounce:
(but it was the guys :lol: )

hablo
May 23rd, 2006, 07:27 PM
Remenber last summer... :devil: Hope everyone will be REALLY there ;)
That was in Toronto, they seem to have the worst luck in comparison to Montreal :devil:

I still remember Momo beating Capriati in Montreal :drool:

RJWCapriati
May 23rd, 2006, 08:46 PM
Great field! :yeah:

TeaMMashA
May 23rd, 2006, 08:47 PM
Exciting Field :)

WhatTheDeuce
May 23rd, 2006, 08:58 PM
Wooohoooo. :banana: I'm going, cant wait.

vogus
May 23rd, 2006, 09:00 PM
Announce 5, hope for 3, settle for 2.

Ryan
May 23rd, 2006, 09:42 PM
I'm not saying that they will all show up (that would be nice though), just that they've committed. Looking at the players though: Mauresmo loves Montreal, two time champ, will be there unless injured. Justine played in Toronto last year, should play if healthy. Kim won last year, def. should play. Petrova plays EVERY tournament, it'd be a shock if she's not here. Sharapova - who knows, could use the summer HC points.

kris_85
May 23rd, 2006, 10:17 PM
The World’s Top 5 Players To Play In Montreal
Mauresmo, Clijsters, Petrova, Sharapova And Henin-Hardenne Confirm Their Participation


find an event in which petrova has not confirmed her participation!!!! :lol:

LH2HBH
May 23rd, 2006, 11:16 PM
WOW - have never seen so many Canadian Flags on one thread!!!! YES! Rogers CUP!

Reckoner
May 23rd, 2006, 11:21 PM
Man, I wish I could go. At least it will be on TV. Thats the only tournament you can count on here in Canada that they'll show.

The_Pov
May 23rd, 2006, 11:26 PM
I reckon at least 2 will pull out because of injury...the WTA is getting so predictable.

Venus_Serena
May 23rd, 2006, 11:34 PM
hope to see Venus but probably not :sad: