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Dubois upsets Sugiyama, advances to second round at Rogers Cup

8/15/2007 - Tennis

TORONTO (AP) _ Stephanie Dubois of Canada upset Ai Sugiyama of
Japan 6-7 (5), 6-4, 7-5 Tuesday in the first round of the Rogers
Cup.

Dubois, ranked 115th, fired a tennis ball in delight into the
stands at Rexall Centre after completing her victory against her
27th-ranked opponent.

"This means a lot to me because that's my favorite
tournament," Dubois said. "Since I'm little, I'm watching it and
I wanted to play in it, so I'm really happy."

In all, three Canadians will advance. Aleksandra Wozniak of
Montreal was up 6-4, 5-0 when Russia's Anastasia Rodionova retired
with an apparent leg injury and Marie-Eve Pelletier defeated fellow
Canadian Ekaterina Shulaeva 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, in the final match of
the night.

The last time three Canadians made it out of the first round was
1991, when Helen Kelesi, Patricia Hy-Boulais and Rene Alter (now
Collins) advanced.

Canadian women went 0-15 in first-round action from 2001 to 2005
and did only slightly better last year in Montreal, though Dubois
made it to the third round.

Nathalie Dechy of France defeated Emmanuelle Gagliardi of
Switzerland 6-4, 7-5, and Virginie Razzano beat Aravana Rezai 6-4,
4-6, 6-3 in an all-french match.

Elini Daniilidou of Greece downed Gisela Dulko of Argentina 6-2,
6-3, and Maria Elena Camerin of Italy ousted Alona Bondarenko of
Ukraine 6-4, 6-3.

Sybille Bammer of Austria defeated Emilie Loit of France, 6-1,
6-2. Slovakian Andreja Klepac beat American Meilen Tu, 6-3, 6-1.
Russia's Maria Kirilenko defeated Germany's Martina Muller, 6-1,
6-3, and Meghann Shaughnessy of the United States beat Mara
Santangelo of Italy, 6-4, 7-6 (3).

In the second round, Shahar Peer of Israel topped Tathiana
Garbin of Italy 6-3, 6-2.