National Bank Open: Injuries, upsets mark opening day in Montreal; Madison Keys exits

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National Bank Open: Injuries, upsets mark opening day in Montreal; Madison Keys exits

Rebecca Marino closed out the first day of the National Bank Open with an upset over 16th seed and former finalist, Madison Keys. The Canadian who’s playing in the main draw of the tournament for the first time in a decade (since 2011) won in straight sets 6-3, 6-3 in just 66 minutes.

Marino saved four of the five break points she faced while converting four of the eight break points she had on Keys’ serve. In her post-match press conference, Marino shared, “Obviously I'm really excited to come away with the win there.

Keys is a really strong player with a big serve, a big forehand. I knew it would be a really tough match going in there. But I know I also have an equally big serve and big forehand, so I just had to give it my best shot. Got a couple breaks of serve, and that was pretty much it.

Really happy I capitalized on the opportunity of winning that match, and excited for the next one”. In the second round, Marino will take on Paula Badosa. The Spaniard defeated Switzerland’s Viktorija Golubic 6-2, 6-3 in their opening-round clash.

National Bank Open: Frenchwomen have a mixed day

France’s Oceane Dodin caused the other upset of the day, with a win over 14th seed Karolina Muchova. After an hour and 57 minutes of play, Dodin won 6-3, 1-6, 6-2. In the second round, Dodin will play American qualifier, Amanda Anisimova.

Anisimova came through to the second round after her opponent, fellow qualifier, Croatia’s Tereza Martincova retired in their match. At the time of Martincova’s retirement, Anisimova was leading 6-1, 4-3. Martincova’s compatriot, Marie Bouzkova was also forced to stop her opening-round match against Maria Sakkari midway with dizziness.

The Greek, seeded 11th, who was leading 6-4, 3-1 at that time, will now play either Veronika Kudermetova or Yulia Putintseva in the second round. Fiona Ferro of France also reached the second round after her first-round opponent, Australian Ajla Tomljanovic retired mid-match with an injury to her right hip.

Both players had split the first two sets before Tomljanovic’s retirement. In the second round, Ferro will play seventh seed Petra Kvitova. Earlier, Nadia Podoroska marked a successful debut in Montreal. The Argentine came through 6-1,, 6-2 in just 59 minutes against Magda Linette in the first match of the 2021 edition of the tournament.

Ons Jabeur, seeded 13th, also started off her National Bank Open campaign on a triumphant note. The Tunisian reached the second round with a 6-1, 6-3 win over France’s Clara Burel in just 55 minutes.