In a rare occurance, the Rogers Cup saw two of its own battle each other as Laval’s Stephanie Dubois faced off against Toronto’s Sharon Fichman.
This match went the distance needing all three sets but in the end, it was the 22-year-old Fichman defeating the 26-year-old Dubois.
Despite the loss, Dubois admitted that she could take some solace having fallen to a fellow Canadian and former teammate. With that said, this defeat is still a bitter pill to swallow for the Quebecer.
After falling 5-7 in the opening set, Fichman found herself in a groove winning the next two sets each by a count of 6-2.
Known for her feistiness on the court, Fichman used the aggressive style of her game to her advantage outplaying a resilient Dubois in the latter half of the match.
After winning the eight singles title of her young career back in January in Port St. Lucie, Florida, Fichman’s confidence is only growing stronger as she hopes to make a lasting impact this week in her hometown.
But there's no rest for the wicked as Fichman faces her second-round opponent in Serbia's Jelena Jenkovic tomorrow morning at the Rogers Cup's Centre Court. It certainly will be a tough task for Fichman but do not expect any deterrence from the Canadian.
While Genie Bouchard is Canada’s pick to win this year’s Rogers Cup, Fichman, the young phenom born to Romanian emigrants, certainly is making a case for herself to be the face of women’s tennis on this side of the border and beyond.
Regardless of how rich this tournament’s Canadian content is, Sharon Fichman is determined to be the last woman standing when 2013’s Rogers Cup is all said and done.