Dubois beats Govortsova after four-hour wait, Paszek upsets Schiavone

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MONTREAL - The long wait was worth it for Stephanie Dubois of Laval, Que.
Dubois shrugged off a four-hour wait and an 11 p.m. ET starting time to down Olga Govortsova of Belarus on a rainy opening day of the US$1.34 million Rogers Cup women's tennis tournament.
Dubois led 6-1, 4-2 and was dominating the match when Govortsova retired with an apparent leg injury.
"I felt good, I felt ready," said Dubois, now 3-1 in her career against Govortsova. "I've played her before so I knew what I had to do against her.
"That helped a lot."
Dubois advanced to a second-round meeting with the winner of a match on Tuesday between 13th-seeded Maria Kirilenko of Russia and Anne Keothavong of Britain.
Only a scattering of pro-Dubois fans remained at Uniprix Stadium when the match started, but it didn't faze her.
"I was so focused, I was really in a zone," she said. "It wouldn't have mattered to me if the match started at one o'clock in the morning."
Just before their match Tamira Paszek of Austria ousted 14th-seeded Italian Francesca Schiavone 7-6 (1), 1-6, 6-1 in a contest that lasted nearly seven hours and was interrupted four times by rain.
The match was tied at 1-1 in the third set when the fourth and longest delay halted play for 90 minutes. When they resumed, the 17-year-old Paszek quickly put away a match that lasted nearly seven hours. There was a total of five rain delays for the day.
"Going on and off the court four times is a new experience for me," said Paszek. "The first time was only 20 minutes and I went to the gym.
"The last two were really long. I just read a book and tried to relax, stay calm."
The book, written in German, was called Between Heaven and Love and Paszek says it brought her luck.
Paszek, ranked 94th in the world, suffered a first-round loss to Schiavone at last year's Rogers Cup in Toronto, only to beat the Italian a week later at the U.S. Open. Schiavone had beaten Paszek in three long sets in the first round at Wimbledon in June, taking the third set 10-8.
Paszek has strong Canadian connections. Her father worked for 15 years as a bakery chef at Movenpick in Toronto before the family moved to Austria and still has a Canadian passport. She has relatives in Toronto, Calgary and Montreal.
"They were there every day in Toronto last year," she said. "I hope they come and see me this week."
The scheduled final match of the evening between Marie-Eve Pelletier of Repentigny, Que., and Nadia Petrova of Russia was postponed until Tuesday.
A case of the shakes and an upset stomach couldn't stop Marion Bartoli of France from advancing.
The 10th-seeded Bartoli had on-court treatment and a short restroom break during the second set as she battled through a stomach virus to down British qualifier Melanie South 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-0 in the first round of the hardcourt event at Uniprix Stadium.
"I was not feeling good at all," Bartoli said. "My legs were shaking. My arms were shaking by themselves. I was really dizzy. I got cold.
"The doctor gave me some tablets to take. They helped a lot in the third set but it took a while for me to feel a little better. But I needed to come up with the win, so whatever it took, I had to hang in tough."
Bartoli might not be alone. She was told by a physiotherapist that 15-to-20 players have come down with the virus.
"They told us to wash even more our hands and not touch the same food as the others, or drink the same water - to be really careful because there's a virus going on," she added.
Bartoli was optimistic she will feel better for her next match Wednesday.
Patty Schnyder led 7-6 (6), 3-2 when her opponent, Yuan Meng of China, pulled out with a thigh injury.
That put the ninth seed from Switzerland into a second-round meeting with Monica Niculescu, the Romanian who ousted American qualifier Varvara Lepchenko 6-1, 6-2.
The Schnyder-Yuan match was delayed for 16 minutes in the first set by light rain.
Qualifier Michelle Larcher de Brito, the 15-year-old from Portugal who reached the round of 16 two weeks ago in Stanford, Calif., continued to impress with a 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 victory over American Vania King.
Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia rolled past Elena Vesnina 6-1, 6-1 and will face another Russian, fifth-seeded Elena Dementieva, in the second round.
Anastasia Rodionova, still another of the 12 Russians in the 56-woman draw, downed Cara Black of Zimbabwe 6-2, 6-2 and Virginie Razzano ousted fellow Frenchwoman Aravane Rezai 6-1, 6-2.
The top eight seeds have a bye to the second round.
The event could be a battle for the world No. 1 rankingbetween current leader Ana Ivanovic, her Serbian compatriot Jelena Jankovic and No. 3 Maria Sharapova of Russia, all of whom will begin play later in the week.
The three are only 202 points apart, with 430 points up for grabs for the Rogers Cup winner.

Organizations: U.S. Open, Movenpick

Geographic location: MONTREAL, Russia, Toronto Uniprix Stadium Laval, Que Austria Belarus Britain Wimbledon Calgary Repentigny France China Switzerland Portugal Stanford Slovakia

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