Dubois upsets Sugiyama, advances to second round at Rogers Cup

Updated: August 15, 2007, 12:54 AM ET
Associated Press

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.

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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.


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