World No. 5 Na Li of China and world no. 6 Samantha Stosur of Australia have both confirmed their participation in the Rogers Cup presented by National Bank, which will be held from August 4-13, 2012 at Uniprix Stadium in Montreal.
“We now have seven of the Top 10 players in the world entered in our tournament and they are also seven of the most popular players on Tour,” said Rogers Cup tournament director Eugène Lapierre. “Both Na Li and Samantha made a name for themselves by winning their first Grand Slam title in 2011 and we expect more of the same from them during the upcoming season.”
Li, a superstar in her native China, propelled herself to the top of the women’s game when she won her maiden Grand Slam title at Roland-Garros in June at the age of 29. She also reached the final of the Australian Open in January. Li has advanced to the third round in three of her four appearances at the Rogers Cup.
“The organizers in Montreal put on a great tournament every year and I always feel welcome when I go,” said Li. Stosur shocked the tennis world in September when she defeated Serena Williams to win the U.S. Open, her first Major crown. She also reached the French Open final in 2010. The Aussie has come a long way after a bout with Lyme disease during the 2007 and 2008 seasons. Stosur finished as the runner up in Toronto last summer and will be making her first visit to Montreal.
“It is hard to believe that this will be my first time playing in Montreal. I have heard nothing but good things about the city and the tournament, so I am anxious to get there,” commented Stosur. “I had a great run to the final last year in Toronto and I hope to give myself another shot at the title in 2012.”
The addition of Li and Stosur to the Rogers Cup player roster for next August means that seven of the Top 10 players in the world have confirmed they are coming to Montreal. Caroline Wozniacki, Victoria Azarenka, Maria Sharapova, Vera Zvonareva and Marion Bartoli are also on the entry list.
In 2012, for the first time in tournament history, main draw play at the Rogers Cup will begin on Tuesday August 7 with the singles final scheduled for Monday August 13 at 7 p.m. in the evening.