While the Canadian women are no more in singles competition, the host country still has hometown support in the doubles section as Toronto’s Sharon Fichman and Ottawa’s Gabriele Dabrowsky teamed up today in hopes of advancing to the quarter-finals.
The Canuck duo was in tough against Austria’s Sandra Klemenschits and Olga Savchuk of the Ukraine as the European pair took the first set 7-6 (4). At the conclusion of the set, Fichman was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct when it appeared she reacted to the loss of the hard-fought set a little too harshly by dropping her racket in frustration.
To her credit, Finchman quickly regained her composure as she as Dabrowski bounced back, battling in another hard-fought set before prevailing 6-4.
In the third and deciding set, the Canadian pair overpowered Klemenschits and Savchuk winning 10-5, advancing to the quarter-finals where they will face the top-seeded Italian duo of Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci.
However, as talented as the two Italians are, they are, unlike their Canadian counterparts, still playing in the singles branch of the Rogers Cup. Errani has already booked a spot into tomorrow’s quarter-final while Vinci plays for a spot in the final eight later this evening.
In addition, there was remarkable chemistry on the court this afternoon between Fichman and Dabrowski so if the fatigue issue doesn’t play a factor in tomorrow’s matchup, synergy (or lack thereof) may end up playing a decisive role instead. But we’ll just have to wait and see on that.
But for now, Fichman and Dabrowsky are moving on and with that, the hearts of the Canadian contingent are still beating.