ISN – Montreal, May 23, 2014 – The draw ceremony was held on Friday in Paris, France and
the table is now set for Roland-Garros, the second Grand Slam event of the tennis
season. Four Canadians have earned direct entry into the main draw while three more
have a chance to qualify.
On the women’s side, Eugenie Bouchard (Westmount, QC), seeded no. 18, will start
against Shahar Peer of Israel. It will be the fourth meeting between the two players
and Bouchard has won the first three. Flavia Pennetta, Daniela Hantuchova, and
Angelique Kerber are the other seeds in the Canadian’s section. At last year’s
French Open, Bouchard was defeated by Maria Sharapova in the second round. The
20-year-old will be in action later today against Karin Knapp of Italy as she tries
to reach her second career WTA final in Nurnberg, Germany. Meanwhile, with her
career-high ranking of no. 77, Sharon Fichman (Toronto, ON) has earned direct entry
into a Grand Slam main draw for the first time. She faces a tough first round test
against sixth-seeded Serbian Jelena Jankovic. Fichman will also be teaming up in
with Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in doubles. The pair won two junior Grand
Slam doubles titles together including Roland-Garros in 2006.
On the men’s side, eighth-seeded Milos Raonic (Thornhill, ON) will open against the
fast rising Australian wildcard Nick Krygios. The 19-year-old Aussie was crowned
champion of the International Junior Tennis Open in Repentigny in 2012. Raonic has
enjoyed a successful clay court season, highlighted by a semifinal appearance at the
Rome Masters event last week. He will be looking to improve on his third round
showing in Paris last year where he fell to Kevin Anderson. Some of Raonic’s
potential opponents include Gilles Simon, Alexandr Dolgopolov, and Kei Nishikori.
For his part, Vasek Pospsil (Vancouver, BC) is hoping to get back in the win column
for the first time since the Australian Open. He will take on world no. 60 Teymuraz
Gabashvili of Russia in the first round.
Three Canadians are still alive in qualifying. Frank Dancevic (Niagara Falls), Peter
Polansky (Thornhill, ON), and Aleksandra Wozniak (Blainville, QC) need just one more
win to get a spot in the Roland-Garros main draw. Men’s qualifying will be completed
Friday and the women will finish on Saturday.