(ISN) – Montreal, July 23, 2014 – Tennis Canada announced Monday that Canadians Sharon
Fichman (Toronto, ON) and Aleksandra Wozniak (Blainville, QC) have been awarded main
draw wildcards for the Rogers Cup presented by National Bank in Montreal, a WTA
Premier 5 event.
Fichman will be making her third appearance in the Rogers Cup main draw and second
in Montreal. Last year in Toronto, the 23-year-old defeated her compatriot Stéphanie
Dubois (Laval, QC) in the first round before falling to Serbian Jelena Jankovic in
round two. Fichman also enjoyed success in doubles alongside Gabriela Dabrowski
(Ottawa, ON). The pair reached the semifinals after knocking out the top-ranked
Italian team of Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci. At no. 85 in the world, Fichman is
currently the second highest ranked Canadian on the WTA behind Eugenie Bouchard
(Westmount, QC). In 2014, Fichman was crowned champion of the $100,000
Cagnes-sur-Mer Challenger in France. She also earned direct entry of the main draw
at Roland-Garros and Wimbledon for the first time in her career.
Wozniak will be making her eleventh Rogers Cup appearance. During her last visit to
Montreal in 2012, the 26-year-old thrilled her home crowd by reaching the
quarter-finals. This year, Wozniak has reached the fourth round at Indian Wells
thanks to a pair of wins over Top 25 players made the Round of 16 at Birmingham.
Wozniak has also played her way through qualifying to earn a place in the main draw
at both Roland-Garros and Wimbledon.
Fichman and Wozniak join Bouchard, who is currently slated to be the no. 6 seed, in
the main draw of the Rogers Cup. Meanwhile, Françoise Abanda (Montréal, QC),
Gabriela Dabrowski (Ottawa, ON), Stéphanie Dubois (Laval, QC), and Heidi El Tabakh
(Toronto, ON) have all been given qualifying wildcards. One final qualifying
wildcard will be awarded to the winner of a pre-qualifying tournament which will
feature eight players and be held at Uniprix Stadium from July 30 to August 1.