Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Kvitova Beats Linette, Stosur Tops Watson at Rain-Soaked Rogers Cup

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Kvitova Beats Linette, Stosur Tops Watson at Rain-Soaked Rogers Cup

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Kvitova tops Linette at Rogers Cup

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MONTREAL - Petra Kvitova is one step closer to another Rogers Cup championship.

The Czech native, who won the Canadian tournament back in 2012, cruised to a first-round win over Magda Linette of Poland 6-1, 6-2 on Monday night.

Kvitova overpowered her opponent, needing just 59 minutes to eliminate the 86th-seeded Linette.

Playing her first tournament since Wimbledon, Kvitova showed no signs of rust. The 26-year-old broke Linette four times -- twice in each set -- and ended the match with three aces.

Earlier in the day, Australia's Samantha Stosur won a hard-fought opening-round match against Heather Watson.

Stosur avoided the upset, beating the 67th-ranked Watson in straight sets 7-5, 6-3.

The tournament's 13th seed struggled in the first set but found her rhythm in the second, breaking Watson's serve on three occasions.

"To get through in straight sets, I'm pretty happy," said Stosur, who reached the Rogers Cup final in 2011. "Overall I thought I served pretty well. There weren't a lot of points off my serve where she could dictate off the first shot.

"If I got a good strike, I was in good shape to win those points."

Numerous rain delays lasting a combined four hours extended the afternoon session and forced organizers to rejig the schedule.

Canadian Francoise Abanda saw her first-round match postponed because of the weather. Abanda will face qualifier Saisai Zheng of China on Tuesday.

"We knew from the start it would be a difficult day," said tournament director Eugene Lapierre. "We were able to play all the matches minus one, so we're satisfied with the day.

"I believe they (Abanda and Zheng) wanted to play tonight. But I spoke with their coaches, and they say it was better instead of waiting tonight, to have a good night's sleep and play tomorrow morning."

The only Canadian in action on Monday was Gabriela Dabrowski. The 24-year-old, along with teammate Alla Kudryavtseva, lost in doubles 6-3, 6-2 against Romanians Simona Halep and Monica Niculescu. …

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