Tennis

Bouchard, Stephens upset Dabrowski, Xu in 1st round of Rogers Cup

Eugenie Bouchard and partner Sloane Stephens have upset the fifth-seeded duo of Gabriela Dabrowski and Yifan Xu 6-4,4-6, 1-0 (6) in first-round doubles action at the Rogers Cup on Monday.

Popular duo surprises 5th-ranked pair in 3 sets

Eugenie Bouchard, pictured at a July tournament, along with Sloane Stephens defeated fellow Canadian Gabriela Dabrowski and partner Yifan Xu in first-round doubles action at the Rogers Cup on Monday in Montreal. (Anthony Anex/The Associated Press)

Eugenie Bouchard and partner Sloane Stephens have upset the fifth-seeded duo of Gabriela Dabrowski and Yifan Xu 6-4,4-6, 1-0 (6) in first-round doubles action at the Rogers Cup on Monday.

"The reason I played doubles was to get more games under my belt," said Bouchard. "It's better than just a normal practice. I really worked on my service game, my volleys, my return. It can help with my singles game.

"Every victory can give you confidence."

Bouchard of nearby Westmount, Que., has only played in six doubles matches this season, including three with the American Stephens.

"We started playing doubles together in Washington last year," said Bouchard of her partnership with Stephens. "We have a lot of fun on the court. We laugh a lot. We're trying our best, obviously, but we're also really relaxed. It's good for both of our games."

Meanwhile, Dabrowski of Ottawa is the No. 9-ranked doubles player in the world. She is coming off a semifinals apperance at Wimbledon with China's Yifan Xu last month.

Venus Williams breezes past Dolehide

American Venus Williams advanced to the second round of the Rogers Cup with a 7-5, 6-1 victory over Caroline Dolehide on Monday, before heavy rain delayed play on and off for three hours and was eventually suspended.

It looked like an upset was in the cards in the early going of the all-American matchup between Williams and Dolehide.

The 19-year-old Dolehide (No. 124), jumped to a 3-1 lead in the first set after breaking Williams' serve.

Dolehide, one of just two teenagers in the main draw, used her heavy service game and aggressive play to challenge Williams on every point. She finished the match with three aces. Williams had none.

But the 38-year-old veteran broke Dolehide back to take a 4-3 lead, and she did it again in the deciding game of the first set.

Williams defeated fellow American Caroline Dolehide in straight sets on Tuesday. 1:04

Dolehide, one of 12 qualifiers in the main draw, just couldn't maintain the same pace in the second set, as Williams only lost 11 points on her way to victory.

"It's never easy to play somebody you haven't played before, and she definitely has a lot of talent," said Williams. "She took advantage of it and I'm sure it's just a matter of time before she's able to play even better than today."

The seven-time Grand Slam champion will now face Sorana Cristea (No. 54) or Monica Niculescu (No. 69) in the second round.

Rainfall moved into the Montreal area just before 7:00 p.m. ET, interrupting two matches, including one in the first set between Russia's Maria Sharapova and Bulgaria's Sesil Karatantcheva.

With Sharapova leading 4-1 after 24 minutes of play, the match was delayed due to heavy rain and lightning.

Both players returned to the court three times to resume the match over the course of the three-hour delay, only for the rain to keep returning, forcing them back off the court.

Play was finally suspended at 10:30 p.m. ET. The match will resume Tuesday.

The encounter between Montreal's Francoise Abanda and Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium, which was supposed to begin after Sharapova's match, was also postponed to Tuesday.

Anett Kontaveit of Estonia defeated Ekaterina Makarova of Russia 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 and Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia cruised past Aleksandra Krunic of Serbia 6-1, 6-0.

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