Naomi Osaka, Aryna Sabalenka, Sofia Kenin Lead Action-Packed Field, but Serena Williams To Miss Rogers Cup 2021

Published 08/03/2021, 6:57 AM EDT
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Tennis – Women’s Singles – Round 2 – Ariake Tennis Park – Tokyo, Japan – July 26, 2021. Naomi Osaka of Japan celebrates after winning her second round match against Viktorija Golubic of Switzerland REUTERS/Mike Segar


After the conclusion of the Tokyo Olympics, tennis has reached the North American region. Players such as Naomi Osaka and Aryna Sabalenka are the top two seeds for the upcoming events in Toronto. These were the seeds as listed by Tennis Canada. 

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The Rogers Cup is going to be the first WTA 1000 event tournament prior to the US Open. Stars like Naomi Osaka, Aryna Sabalenka, Sofia Kenin, and others will be headlining the event. The tournament is scheduled to begin on the 9th of August and will be completed on the 15th of August. 

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Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – July 5, 2021 Belarus’ Aryna Sabalenka reacts during her fourth round match against Kazakhstan’s Elena Rybakina REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

The tournament was canceled last season due to the global pandemic. However, this season fans are allowed to attend the matches, and stadiums are allowed full capacity audiences. It will be great to see fans at the stadiums as things were looking incomplete seeing the top stars compete against each other in empty stadiums. 

Naomi Osaka has had a mixed season so far 

Naomi Osaka began her season on a great note, winning the Australian Open for the second time. After that, she has had dismal performances and was dealing with mental issues during the French Open. She later pulled out of the event prior to the second-round match. 

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 5, 2021 Sofia Kenin of the U.S. in action during her third round match against Jessica Pegula of the U.S. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

Moving onto Sabalenka, she was last seen at the Tokyo Olympics. However, she underperformed as she lost in the second round to Donna Vekic. American player Sofia Kenin was last seen at the Wimbledon Championships, in which she lost in the second round. 

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Now that the season has shifted back on the hardcourts, all eyes will be on the top stars as they compete for the ultimate prize. 

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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