National Bank Open in Toronto: passes for Marino, Zhao and Sebov

National Bank Open in Toronto: passes for Marino, Zhao and Sebov

UPGRADE DAY

Canadians Rebecca Marino, Carol Zhao and Katherine Sebov have earned all three passes to the National Bank Open and will be able to enjoy the support of the crowd next month in Toronto.

They join Quebecer Leylah Annie Fernandez, as well as Bianca Andreescu, whose names were already in the main draw by virtue of their ranking.

“Rebecca, Carol and Katherine will be very motivated at the idea of ​​facing the best in the world and, who knows, creating surprises, commented Karl Hale, director of the National Bank Open in Toronto, in a press release published on Wednesday. . They will be backed by a passionate home crowd and all three are playing with a lot of confidence at the moment.”

Marino, currently ranked 109th in the world, momentarily re-entered the world top 100 for the first time in more than 10 years earlier in July. Last year in Montreal, she defeated Madison Keys and Paula Badosa to advance to the third round. Defeated by Aryna Sabalenka, she had nevertheless achieved her best career operation in a WTA 1000 tournament.

Earlier this season, she qualified for the Miami tournament where she then lost in the first round.

Zhao (187th) will come to her native Ontario with two ITF titles in recent weeks. She has only participated in one WTA tournament this season. It was in Morocco in May and she was eliminated from the start.

Sebov (298th) has reached the semi-finals of three of the last four ITF tournaments in which she took part.

Victoria Mboko, 15, and Kayla Cross, 17, both from Canada, also received qualifying passes.

The activities will start on August 6 in Toronto with the qualifiers, while the main draw matches will start from August 8. The final is scheduled to take place on August 14.