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The singles draws are set for Wimbledon 2017 and it will feature at least five Canadians, Milos Raonic (Thornhill, ON), Vasek Pospisil (Vancouver, BC), Eugenie Bouchard (Montreal, QC), Françoise Abanda (Montreal, QC) and the young rising Canadian star Denis Shapovalov (Richmond Hill, ON).

Raonic, currently world no. 7, is the sixth seed at the tournament and will face world no. 50 Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany in the opening round. The Canadian is in the bottom half of the draw, alongside both Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. Raonic, the finalist last year at Wimbledon, has another tough path this year, which could potentially include a Round of 16 encounter with NextGen ATP front runner Alexander Zverev and a quarter-final showdown against the seven-time champion Roger Federer. Despite making an early exit at Queen’s Club last week, Raonic has had a strong 2017 season, reaching the finals at Delray Beach and Istanbul.

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After Canadian tennis player Eugenie Bouchard knocked Maria Sharapova out of the Madrid Masters in a three set marathon, the 23-year-old explained the importance of her win against a player she had accused of cheating.

The victory on Monday night saw Sharapova crash out of the second round as she continues her return to the WTA circuit following her suspension after being detected for using meldonium during the 2016 Australian Open.

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World No.1 Angelique Kerber kept her hopes of a second straight Australian Open tennis title alive with a 6-0, 6-4 win in the third round over Kristyna Pliskova in Melbourne Park on Friday.

"I was feeling very good from the first point," she said during her post-match press conference. "Matches like this are always tough to play when your opponent is serving very well, and you have to bring a lot of balls back, move well, and just go for it. But I'm happy about my performance."

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he official draw of Rogers Cup presented by National Bank was determined this afternoon on the Casino de Montréal stage at Uniprix Stadium. A prestigious panel of guests, including world no. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska, took part in the tradition.

The draw decided the first rival that Canadian Eugenie Bouchard will face: Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic. In other exciting matches, Françoise Abanda (Montréal, QC) will be up against world no.20 Elina Svitolina of Ukraine. Aleksandra Wozniak (Blainville, QC) will take on world no.25 Sara Errani of Italy. Agnieszka Radwanska, the 2014 Rogers Cup champion, is in the top half of the draw along with Serena Williams.

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Agnieszka Radwanska, winner of the Year end WTA Championship, stayed on course to end her long wait to go one step further this year and win her maiden Grand Slam singles title by getting past the tricky challenge posed by Canadian youngster Eugenie Bouchard in what was expected to be a thrilling second round contest.

Bouchard gave early indications of it being just that as she raced to a 4-2 lead in the opening set, only to lose 10 out of the next 12 games, going down rather tamely in the end 6-4, 6-2 to the no.4 seed.

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milos_raonicTennis Canada announced Tuesday that Milos Raonic (Thornhill, Ont.) has been named Birks Male Player of the Year for the fifth straight season, while Eugenie Bouchard (Montreal) is the recipient of the Birks Female Player of the Year for a third time. The other high performance Tennis Canada Excellence Awards have also been presented with the Doubles Player of the Year awards given to Gabriela Dabrowski (Ottawa) and Vasek Pospisil (Vancouver). Pospisil also is the winner of Most Improved Male Player of the Year, with Carol Zhao (Richmond Hill, Ont.) receiving the female honour.

“We are so proud of these athletes and everything they have accomplished,” said Kelly Murumets, president and CEO, Tennis Canada. “Their dedication, passion for the sport, and pursuit of excellence is evident in the hard work they put forth every day, and they continue to inspire us. Congratulations to Eugenie, Milos, Vasek, Gabriela, and Carol on your success and we wish you all the best in 2016.”

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The official draws for the 2015 US Open were conducted in New York on Thursday, setting the stage for the final Slam of the season. Canada will be represented in the singles main draw by Eugenie Bouchard (Montreal), Vasek Pospisil (Vancouver), and Milos Raonic (Thornhill, Ont.), all of whom received direct entries into the tournament.

Bouchard is seeded No. 25 and will play American Alison Riske, world No. 56, in the first round. Bouchard holds a 4-1 record over Riske, including a victory earlier this year at Eastbourne. The 21-year-old’s best result at the US Open is the fourth round, which she accomplished last year. She is in the same quarter as No. 3 Maria Sharapova and could face No. 7 Ana Ivanovic in the third round.

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