With the men in town last year, Milos Raonic was hometown boy the Toronto fans were pulling for at the Rogers Cup. However, with men in Montreal this year and the women in Canada's largest city to showcase their skills in this year's version of the Rogers Cup, the representation of Canadians at the event certainly hasn't lacked.
While Ottawa's Gabriela Dabrowsky fell to Israel's Julia Glushko in yesterday's Rogers Cup qualifier in straight sets (6-4, 6-3), Carol Zhao of nearby Richmond Hill had a better day as the 18-year-old upset the No. 75-ranked Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania to advance to her first Rogers Cup main draw.
When Zhao does open play this evening, she will be facing off against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia in the tournament's opening round.
As great a story as Carol Zhao's is thus far, the Canadian drawing the most attention heading into the tournament is Westmount, Quebec's Eugenie Bouchard.
The 19-year-old Bouchard is entering Toronto with high expectations. After a couple of doubles matches today - one of which she will be teaming with Monica Seles to take on the Williams sisters - Bouchard will continue preparing for opening-round matchup against Russia's Alisa Kleybanova.
After spending much of Sunday practicing on the centre court of Toronto's Rexall Place, Bouchard admitted that while it is special to be playing on home soil, her preparation and her mindset remain the same - and Kleybanova should not be expecting an opponent overwhelming by hometown favoritism as much as someone who is continuing to prove that her 2012 Junior Wimbledon title was by no means a lucky break.
Despite a few unfortunate injuries, including Brit Laura Robson who recently made noise in front of her hometown fans at last month's Wimbledon, the 2013 Rogers Cup has gotten off to a promising start as much more is expected from the tournament as the event continues.