A pair of top names were upset on opening day at the Canadian Open women’s event Monday in Montreal.
Former finalist Madison Keys was bundled out by Canadian comeback girl Rebecca Marino in stunning fashion 6-3, 6-3.
The 26-year-old Keys made the Canadian finals in 2016 losing to Simona Halep. She has now dropped her last three matches as she continues to struggle on tour.
Marino, who all but retired from the sport a few years ago, collected her biggest win in almost a decade. This was her first Canadian Open since 2011!
“Obviously I’m really excited to come away with the win there,” the 30-year-old Marino said. “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.”
From 2013 until 2018, Marino was off the tour.
“I think it was the right decision at the time for me to step away from the game,” Marino said. “I know some people didn’t understand it at the time, but I’m really proud of the decisions I made because it made me feel like a completely whole individual, and it made me rediscover my love and passion for the sport. I think it shows when I play.”
Marino will return to the courts today to face Paula Badosa.
Australian Open semifinalist and hard court threat Karolina Muchova was tripped up by Frenchwoman Oceane Dodin.
Maria Sakkari, Ons Jabuer and Amanda Anisimova were also winners.
On Tuesday, Coco Gauff opens her summer hard court season against former US Open semifinalist Anastasija Sevastova.
A winner Monday, Katerinia Siniakova collides with Garbine Muguruza, 2012 champ Petra Kvitova meets Fiona Ferro and Canadian star Bianca Andreescu opens her title defense against Harriet Dart, who upset Leylah Fernandez on Monday.
Sloane Stephens, Johanna Konta, Elise Mertens and Jessica Pegula are also in action.
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