By Charles David Mathieu-Poulin
MONTREAL – While this Tuesday night started on a high note, it ended on mixed feelings for the Montreal crowd as they saw wild cards Stephanie Dubois and Aleksandra Wozniak playing back-to-back on a night featuring local talent. While Dubois started strong but couldn’t keep up the pace against a higher ranked opponent, Wozniak scraped through a close two-setter against Daniela Hantuchova to secure some Canadian presence in the second round.
Dubois was first on court and she came out strong off the block, dominating the rallies and outhitting South African Chanelle Scheepers. After a mere 24 minutes, the player from Laval, Quebec was already up a set against an opponent ranked more than 100 spots higher on the WTA rankings, to the delight of the packed stadium.
After five consecutive breaks to start off the second set, Scheepers showed signs of revival as she altered her game to a more conservative defensive style. It paid off righ...