Finals day around the ATP Tour. It was a day for some flash, as Gaël Monfils and Fabio Fognini both took titles, along with Marin Cilic in his home-country event.
When Genie Bouchard was asked during her press conference whether she could have done any better in her 6-1, 6-0 schooling of Serbia’s Jovana Jaksic, she answered this:
“I could have won 0 and 0.”
The way she played, it seemed that was almost her plan.
A photo slideshow from Genie Bouchard’s expeditious dismantling of Fed Cup rookie Jovana Jaksic, Saturday in Montreal on Day 1 of Canada’s Fed Cup tie against Serbia.
A slideshow of the dramatic moments in Aleksandra Wozniak’s opening-rubber win against Serbia’s Vesna Doloncs Saturday, in the first round of the Fed Cup’s World Group II.
Genie Bouchard can close it out Sunday; she’s up first against Dolonc.
After spending most of the last year and a half batting a shoulder injury, with a few false starts and some indifferent results when she finally did return, Aleksandra Wozniak was finally back on court in front of her home fans.
And the 26-year-old veteran pulled out a tough 7-5, 2-6, 6-4 victory over Vesna Doloncs of Serbia to give Canada a 1-0 lead in their World Group II first-round tie.
There’s a good chance of a French singles finalist in Montpellier – or even an all-French final.
They appreciate that sort of thing.
A few questions and answers with members of the Canadian Fed Cup team, after Friday’s draw ceremony.
The Canada vs. Serbia tie gets under way Saturday at 3 p.m. with Aleksandra Wozniak taking on Serb No. 1 Vesna Dolonc.
Fed Cup captain Dejan Vranes and debutante Jelena Jaksic (full of energy and charisma, that kid) answer questions as the team heads into its tie with Canada this weekend in Montreal.
Canadian Fed Cup captain Sylvain Bruneau said choosing who would play No. 2 singles behind Genie Bouchard was a very difficult call.
He chose Aleksandra Wozniak, who has the most experience of any of his players and who is at home on top of that.
After multiple speeches and thanking of sponsors and whatnot, they got down to making the draw Friday in advance of Canada’s World Group II Fed Cup tie against Serbia.
As referee Brian Earley explained, it’s really a simple matter of drawing out one name.
Then all the rest falls into place.
India lost in the zonal finals. Playing captain Sania Mirza didn’t put herself in.
Great Britain also took a tough loss – having a healthy Laura Robson would have surely helped. But they also found themselves in an awfully tough pool with Romania, which has Cirstea and top-10 player Simona Halep.
It’s no consolation, but they have spectacular dresses, and a spectacular captain.
The flying dreadlocks of Dustin Brown make for fabulous photos, any time.
But take a sunny day in Australia, a little shirtlessness (yes, we can be shallow) and that’s a perfect storm.