Chinese tennis player Li Na to attend Rogers Cup in Toronto

08:49, July 07, 2011      

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Tennis Canada announced Wednesday the official player acceptance lists for the 2011 Rogers Cup in Montreal and Toronto.

The Top 55 players in the world will be descending upon Canada, including both world No. 1s Novak Djokovic and defending Rogers Cup champion Caroline Wozniacki and Chinese tennis player Li Na.

The Top 25 women of the WTA will play at Rexall Centre in Toronto from August 6-14, while the Top 30 men of the ATP World Tour will compete August 5-14 at Uniprix Stadium in Montreal, according to the timetable released by Tennis Canada.

"We are thrilled to welcome back the best players in the world to Toronto," said Toronto tournament director Karl Hale. "The women' s game has been a joy to watch this year with so many emerging talents and rising stars making a name for themselves alongside established pros and fan favourites. We cannot wait for this high-calibre level of tennis to hit the courts at Rexall Centre."

Other former champions expected at the tournament include recent Grand Slam winners Li Na, six-time French Open winner Rafael Nadal, 16-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer, back-to-back Rogers Cup titlist Andy Murray, Australian Open champion Kim Clijsters and former world No. 1 Serena Williams.

Joining Serena will be her sister Venus, and Petra Kvitova as well as Wimbledon finalist Maria Sharapova.

Nadal is looking for his third Rogers Cup title, after winning the championship in 2005 and 2008. Following the Wimbledon final on Sunday, he commented on his scheduled trip to Canada saying, "I' m going to relax a little bit now, start to practice and try to have a good American (hardcourt) season in Montreal and Cincinnati."

Beginning this summer, the two internationally-recognized Rogers Cup events will be staged during the same week making them "virtually combined" .

The 56-player draw in each city will be completed with the addition of qualifiers, tournament wildcards and Tour special exemptions. These entrants will be announced at a later date.

Source:Xinhua
 
 
     
 
 
 
     
 
 
 
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