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WTA Montreal Live Blog: Fernandez, Wozniacki Thrill on Terrific Tuesday

Wild cards Bianca Andreescu, Leylah Fernandez and Caroline Wozniacki headline sensational Tuesday in Montreal

8:43 p.m – Masterclass performance from Giorgi sees her through to second round

Did anyone see that coming? Giorgi channels her tournament-winning form from two years ago and absolutely blanks Andreescu, who fought hard but couldn't find any momentum im the one-hour, 31 minute contest against the Italian.

It's a 6-3, 6-2 win for Giorgi, who has now won her ninth consecutive match in Montreal. 🤯

Camila Giorgi
Photo : Mathieu Bélanger

8:02 p.m. ET – Giorgi takes the lead over Andreescu

Stressful times for Canadian fans at Stade IGA as Bianca Andreescu drops her opening set of the tournament – but it shouldn't come as a surprise that Camila Giorgi is the one to take it from her.

The 2021 champ played the best tennis of her career to lift the trophy two years ago... and the 2019 champ is going to need to summon some of her best as well if she's to take this the distance.

Game on.

Bianca Andrrescu
Photo : Pascal Ratthé

6:14 p.m. ET – Vondrousova advances to set Wozniacki showdown

Wozniacki's return to tennis was the talk of the town on Tuesday, while reigning Wimbledon champion Marketa Vondrousova went under the radar, securing a relatively straightforward win over Mayer Sherif, 6-4, 6-2. 

They'll face each other in the second round in what is sure to be a blockbuster clash.

Marketa Vondrousova
Photo : Patrice Lapointe

3:52 p.m. ET – Fernandez flawless against Stearns, delights hometown crowd

In her first match in Montreal since her meteoric rise to stardom at the 2021 US Open, Leylah Fernandez did not disappoint her home crowd. The 20 year old was relentless from the baseline, taking the ball early against American qualifier Peyton Stearns and hitting her signature angled winners with an ease that has been hard to come by for the Canadian this year.

The Montrealer advanced 6-3, 6-2 after one hour and 15 minutes of play.

Out on Court 9, No. 14 seed Karolina Muchova battled past Anatasia Potapova, 7-6(4), 6-2 for her first win since coming within a set of winning the Roland-Garros final in June; and on Court Rogers, last year's NBO runner-up Beatriz Haddad Maia took down Lucky Loser Magdalena Frech in straight sets in front of an enthusiastic Brazilian crowd.

Leylah Fernandez
Photo : Pascal Ratthé

2:24 – Wozniacki scores win to kick off comeback; Parks, Samsonova advance

Not bad after three years off, eh? Caroline Wozniacki is back in the winner's circle once again and it doesn't look like she's missed even a day of practice since her last professional match in 2020. She takes down qualifier Kimberly Birrell 6-2, 6-2 to reach the second round where she'll face either Mayer Sherif or Wimbledon champion Marketa Vondrousova.

Elsewhere around the grounds, big-serving Lludmila Samsonova defeated Katerina Siniakova 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 and qualifier Alycia Parks defeated compatriot Lauren Davis 7-5, 4-6, 6-2.

Caroline Wozniacki
Photo : Mathieu Bélanger

12:33 – Caroline Wozniacki takes to court for her first match in three years

The comeback is officially ON. After three years and two children, one Caroline Wozniacki is back in action against qualifier Kimberly Birrell. 

And what song does she walk back on court to? Neil Diamond's Sweet Caroline, of course. 🌞

Caroline Wozniacki
Photo : Mathieu Bélanger

12:25 – Qualifier Collins crushes Svitolina to advance

We've got our first result of the day – and it might not be one you'd expect. Elina Svitolina has been in red-hot form since returning from maternity leave, reaching the quarters and semis of Roland-Garros and Wimbledon, respectively, and securing a quarter-final finish last week in Washington. 

Conversely, Danielle Collins (a former Top 10 player) has struggled with injuries all year and had to qualify for this week's WTA 1000 in Montreal. The result? A decisive 6-2, 6-2 win for the American over Svitolina.

Looks like Collins is back in form. Watch out, WTA.

Danielle Collins
Photo : Patrice Lapointe

11:00 a.m. ET – You probably couldn't ask for a better Tuesday Order of Play at a WTA 1000 event than the one we've got in Montreal today. There's a sensational slate of matches, including a trio of wild cards on Court Central capped off by No. 3 seed Elena Rybakina to close out the night session.

And for the hardcore fans, the outer courts might be even better. Check out today's OOP and be sure to come back to today's live blog throughout the day for updates! 

COURT CENTRAL starts at 12:30 PM
[WC] C. Wozniacki (DEN) vs [Q] K. Birrell (AUS)
[WC] L. Fernandez (CAN) vs [Q] P. Stearns (USA)
NB 7:00 PM [Q] C. Giorgi (ITA) vs [WC] B. Andreescu (CAN)
J. Brady (USA) vs [3] E. Rybakina (KAZ)

COURT ROGERS starts at 11:00 AM
[Q] D. Collins (USA) vs E. Svitolina (UKR)
NB 1:00 PM T/F 44 E. Mertens (BEL) vs [10] D. Kasatkina
[11] B. Haddad Maia (BRA) vs [LL] M. Frech (POL)
NB 4:30 PM [9] M. Vondrousova (CZE) vs M. Sherif (EGY)
NB 7:00 PM [5] C. Garcia (FRA) vs M. Bouzkova (CZE)
[16] V. Azarenka vs S. Stephens (USA)

COURT 9 starts at 11:00 AM
[15] L. Samsonova vs K. Siniakova (CZE)
A. Potapova vs [14] K. Muchova (CZE)
M. Kostyuk (UKR) vs Q. Zheng (CHN)
P. Martic (CRO) vs [Q] L. Tsurenko (UKR)
[6] L. Kichenok (UKR) / J. Ostapenko (LAT) vs [WC] E. Bouchard (CAN) / R. Marino (CAN)

COURT 5 starts at 11:00 AM
[Q] A. Parks (USA) vs L. Davis (USA)
B. Pera (USA) vs [LL] Y. Putintseva (KAZ)
A. Blinkova vs S. Zhang (CHN)
[1] C. Gauff (USA) / J. Pegula (USA) vs M. Kato (JPN) / A. Sutjiadi (INA)
K. Pliskova (CZE) / D. Vekic (CRO) vs G. Dabrowski (CAN) / E. Routliffe (NZL)

COURT 6 starts at 11:00 AM
L. Chan (TPE) / Z. Yang (CHN) vs [8] H. Chan (TPE) / G. Olmos (MEX)
U. Eikeri (NOR) / I. Neel (EST) vs A. Guarachi (CHI) / M. Niculescu (ROU)