Rogers Cup wild cards announced

WASHINGTON, D.C. – There were no surprises as the wild cards for the Rogers Cup Masters 1000 tournament in Montreal and Rogers Cup women’s Premier 5 event in Toronto next week were announced Tuesday.

On the men’s side, Vasek Pospisil and 18-year-old Denis Shapovalov had already received wild cards. Peter Polansky and Brayden Schnur will join them.


On the women’s side, Genie Bouchard and Maria Sharapova already has received free passes. Canadian Françoise Abanda was awarded the third wild card.

Abanda lost her first-round match Monday at the Citi Open in Washington, D.C., 6-4, 6-4 to No. 4 seed Julia Goerges.

Veterans and youngsters in qualies

The qualifying wild cards also were announced.

The men: Philip Bester (who announced he was retiring in a few weeks), 2012 Wimbledon and US Open junior champion Filip Peliwo, 18-year-old Benjamin Sigouin and veteran Frank Dancevic.

The women: veteran Aleksandra Wozniak, top doubles player Gabriela Dabrowski, and teenagers Bianca Andreescu and Katherine Sebov.

There was one other qualifying wild card available. But Tennis Canada bartered it, trading it to Tennis Australia in exchange for a main draw wild card in Sydney for Bouchard at the beginning of the season.

Andreescu made her WTA Tour-level main-draw debut Monday at the Citi Open. She upset Camila Giorgi of Italy in the first round.

One final wild card into the qualifying will go to the winner of a pre-qualifying tournament taking place this week in Toronto. Among those expected to play was Carol Zhao, the former Stanford University player.

Zhao is at the Stanford WTA Tour event this week, having received a wild card into the doubles draw.

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