WTA Tour Update – Rio 2016, Rogers Cup Next Big Events

WTA Tour: Montreal later in July, the 2016 Rio Olympics start in August.

Wimbledon 2016 is over and the matches on tour are small again. This week there are a couple of lower-level tour events going on in Europe, one in Romania and one in Switzerland. The finals of those events could be interesting, however for the most part meaningful tennis matches won’t be played for a few more weeks.

 

The next big event on tour takes place toward the end of this month. The 2016 Rogers Cup comes from Montreal, a Premier Mandatory event on the women’s tour that will feature most, if not all, of the Top 10.

Belinda Bencic will be the defending champion at the event, having won the tournament last season as an eighteen year old. However, she has had an injury-riddled season so far in 2016 with some withdrawals and disappointing events over the last few months. The Rogers Cup will run from July 25th to July 31st, not too far ahead of the women’s tennis events at the Rio Olympics.

The first round of women’s singles at Rio is scheduled for August 6th with the women’s gold medal match for singles scheduled for the 13th. Maria Sharapova, as per recent news, won’t be in the event as the resolution of the appeal for her suspension has been delayed to September. According to a recent statement from Cas:

“Maria Sharapova and the International Tennis Federation (ITF) have agreed to defer the Cas decision until September 2016.”

“A decision is expected to be issued by 19 September 2016.”

Sharapova probably would have been 2nd favorite in Rio if she was allowed to play, but the top-four favorites without her are Serena Williams, Simona Halep, Garbine Muguruza, and Victoria Azarenka.

Ahead of the Rogers Cup and the Olympics there are a host of events still. The currently-running tournament in Europe might produce interesting finals as Simona Halep is active in the Bucharest draw opposite to Laura Siegemund and Sara Errani. Furthermore, the Gstaad draw has Timea Bacsinszky as the top seed with a potential final against Caroline Garcia looming this weekend.

Next week the WTA Tour will feature events in Stanford, Washington, and Bastad ahead of the Premier Mandatory event in Canada. Just ahead of the Olympics there are also events in Brazil and China, however they are unlikely to be well contested as players will want to be ready for Rio.

Shane Lambert