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WTA Montreal Live Blog: Qualifying Weekend Kicks Off at OBN 2023

Qualifying action gets underway on Saturday in Montreal. Follow along with live updates and results from all the matches.

5:23 p.m. - Soccer with CF Montreal 

CF Montreal_OBN 2023
Photo: Sarah-Jade Champagne

As part of IGA Family Weekend, players from CF Montreal took on some of your favourite WTA stars in a soccer game on Rogers Court. Daria Kasatkina, Jelena Ostapenko, Donna Vekic, and Victoria Azarenka along with her son Leo showed off their footie skills. Things got quite competitive and Leo was the WTA's biggest cheerleader!

5:14 p.m. ET - Collins closes out Bouchard in seesaw qualies clash

Hometown favourite Eugenie Bouchard accounted for herself well in a tough first-round draw against fellow Grand Slam finalist Danielle Collins, but came up short in a 6-1, 1-6, 6-1 decision that saw multiple swings in momentum. Collins was ruthless from the start, punishing the Bouchard serve despite being broken in her own opening game of that match. 

Although the American – the runner-up at the Australian Open in 2022 – blinked in the second set against Bouchard (the 2014 Wimbledon finalist), she was able to steady the ship in the third to secure victory in front of an impressive qualifying weekend crowd at Stade IGA.

Danielle Collins
Photo : Pascal Ratthé

3:39 m. ET - Former champ Giorgi kicks of qualifying campaign with win

Casual fans might have been surprised to see 2021 Omnium Banque Nationale champ Camila Giorgi in qualifying, but the popular Italian power-hitter has been struggling for form since her career-defining win two years ago.

Can Giorgi rediscover the magic that saw her claim the crown in Montreal? Well, she's off to a great start, dismissing Elvina Kalieva 6-2, 6-4 to move within one win of the main draw.

Camila Giorgi
Photo : Pascal Ratthé

2:55 p.m. ET - Yoga with Iga 

World No. 1 Iga Swiatek took part in IGA Family Weekend after her practice by doing some yoga on the Main Stage as part of the Mental Timeout initiative supported by Beneva. She also got acquainted with the Centre Court bearing her first name during her first visit to Montreal. Video to come soon!

Swiatek Yoga
Photo: Pascal Ratthé

2:06 p.m. ET – Stakusic battles in Parks loss, Zhao bows out to Busca

Canadian wild card Marina Stakusic of Toronto put forth an admirable effort against Alycia Parks in her qualifying opener, pushing the American – who won her maiden WTA title in Lyon earlier this season – all the way to the 12th game of the third set but, couldn't get over the finish line. 

No. 2 seed Parks advances to the final round of qualifying, 4-6, 6-4, 7-5 after two hours and 42 minutes of play.

Earlier in the day, Cristina Bucsa, Elizabeth Manlik and Ashlyn Krueger all advanced as well, with Bucsa taking out Canadian favourite Carol Zhao, 6-3, 6-3 in the first completed match of the day.

Marina Stakusic
Photo : Sarah-Jade Champagne

11:00 a.m. ET – Order of play for Day 1 of IGA Family Day Weekend


  • [2] A. Parks (USA) vs [WC] M. Stakusic (CAN)
  • [4] C. Giorgi (ITA) vs E. Kalieva (USA)
  • NB 3:00 PM [3] D. Collins (USA) vs [WC] E. Bouchard (CAN)
  • [6] P. Stearns (USA) vs K. Sebov (CAN)


  • C. Zhao (CAN) vs [10] C. Bucsa (ESP)
  • NB 2:00 PM EXO
  • NB 3:00 PM [5] L. Fruhvirtova (CZE) vs S. Vickery (USA)
  • [7] Y. Putintseva (KAZ) vs [WC] M. Kupres (CAN)

COURT 9 at 11:00 AM

  • M. Bjorklund (SWE) vs [16] A. Krueger (USA)
  • [1] L. Tsurenko (UKR) vs [WC] B. Fernandez (CAN)
  • L. Chirico (USA) vs [12] K. Day (USA)
  • [8] K. Boulter (GBR) vs M. Bulgaru (ROU)
  • D. Saville (AUS) vs [13] K. Birrell (AUS)

COURT 5 at 11:00 AM

  • N. Han (KOR) vs [15] E. Mandlik (USA)
  • S. Hunter (AUS) vs [9] M. Frech (POL)
  • E. Bektas (USA) vs [14] Y. Yuan (CHN)
  • M. Bassols Ribera (ESP) vs [11] J. Burrage (GBR)