2019 Odlum Brown VanOpen Women’s Singles Main Draw Announced
Misaki Doi of Japan will begin her Odlum Brown VanOpen title defense as the No. 2 seed in the same half as 5th-seeded Canadian Eugenie Bouchard, who’s sure to have a home court advantage. The two could end up meeting in the quarterfinals.
In the first round, Doi faces Aussie Priscilla Hon for the first time ever. Meanwhile, Bouchard will have to take down Hungary’s Timea Babos to book a spot in the second round. It’s the third career meeting between the two, with Bouchard winning the latest in Luxembourg last year.
No. 1 seed Alison Van Uytvanck of Belgium leads the top half of the women’s draw along with three Canadian wild cards – 2019 junior French Open champion Leylah Annie Fernandez of Montreal, 2017 Odlum Brown VanOpen quarterfinalist and Richmond Hill, Ontario native Carol Zhao, and two-time junior Grand Slam doubles champion Carson Branstine – who was born in Irvine, California, but started representing Canada two years ago.
Van Uytvanck will take on Maddison Inglis of Australia in her first round match-up. Fernandez faces 7th seed Varvara Lepchenko, Zhao will play a qualifier and Branstine takes on 6th-seeded Heather Watson, who was a finalist at the Odlum Brown VanOpen last year.
17-year-old Layne Sleeth of Markam, Ontario received a late wild card into the main draw and the three-time Canadian national champion has a tough match-up against former top-100 player Veronica Cepede Royg of Paraguay.
In total, seven of the players in the women’s draw are ranked among the top-120 in the world, including Van Uytvanck (No. 61), Doi (No. 88) and Sara Sorribes Tormo (No. 96) within the top-100. Check out the full Women’s Singles Main Draw here.