Italy suffered a tough Day 1 at the Rogers Cup in Montreal as No. 12 seed Flavia Pennetta and No. 13 Sara Errani were both shown the exit.
Pennetta fell to Kazak qualifier Yulia Putintseva 7-6(5), 6-3, while Errani was defeated 6-1, 7-5 by German Sabine Lisicki.
“I’m definitely pleased with my win,” Lisicki said. “Sara’s a very tough competitor, so it’s always tough to play someone like that in the first round.
Seeded winners on the day were No. 10 Dominika Cibulkova putting down a stern test from Canadian wildcard Francoise Abanda 6-1, 3-6, 6-0, and No. 15 Lucie Safarova topping Sorana Cirstea 6-4, 6-2.
“I had a really tough draw last week in Stanford,” Cibulkova said. “I was hoping to get more matches in, but I didn’t. I went into today’s match really focused. I knew she’s a young player, had nothing to lose and had all the support. After the second set, I knew what I had to change. I wasn’t losing my head or panicking. That was important.”
Other winners Monday were Czechs Barbora Zahlavova Strycova and Klara Koukalova, Americans Sloane Stephens and qualifier Shelby Rogers, Brit qualifier Heather Watson, France’s Alize Cornet, and Slovak Magdalena Rybarikova.
Tuesday highlights in Montreal include Venus Williams vs. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Shelby Rogers vs. (5) Eugenie Bouchard, (8) Victoria Azarenka vs. Alize Cornet, (16) Andrea Petkovic vs. Camila Giorgi, (11) Caroline Wozniacki vs. Daniela Hantuchova, Svetlana Kuznetsova vs. Madison Keys, and Monica Puig vs. Samantha Stosur.
In men’s play at the Rogers Cup in Toronto, top American John Isner’s event was shortened when the No. 10 seed fell to Ivan Dodig 6-4, 6-7(4), 6-3.
The 29-year-old Dodig was playing his first match since the French Open after suffering a rib fracture.
“I was really happy to play again after two-and-a-half months and to beat Isner is a great win for me, for sure,” said Dodig. “I have to continue on the right way.”
No. 14 Roberto Bautista Agut was another first-round loser after falling to unseeded Spaniard Feliciano Lopez 7-6(7), 6-3.
No. 13 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and No. 15 Marin Cilic were the lone seeded winners into the second round.
“When you come on the court for the first time again, you want to be good,” Tsonga said after defeating Edouard Roger-Vasselin. “You want to see if your practice was good or not. So I was a little bit more [stressed], but in the second set, I played well.”
Among other unseeded results of note Monday, former No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt was rolled 6-1, 6-2 by veteran Julien Benneteau, and Kevin Anderson squeaked by Aussie qualifier Thanasi Kokkinakis 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.
Highlights of Tuesday play include Radek Stepanek vs. Gael Monfils, (12) Richard Gasquet vs. Vasek Pospisil, and Ivo Karlovic vs. (Q) Bernard Tomic, with (2) Roger Federer and (3) Stan Wawrinka also in action.
TUESDAY TORONTO SCHEDULE
STADIUM start 11:00 am
S Giraldo (COL) vs [WC] N Kyrgios (AUS)
Not Before 1:00 pm
R Stepanek (CZE) vs G Monfils (FRA)
Not Before 3:00 pm
 R Gasquet (FRA) vs V Pospisil (CAN)
Not Before 7:00 pm
[WC] P Polansky (CAN) vs  R Federer (SUI)
 S Wawrinka (SUI) vs [Q] B Paire (FRA)
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