Back to the big tournaments for the US Open series. This year the Rogers Cup is back in Montreal. Seeded players are: Halep, Wozniacki, Sloane, Kerber, Svitolina, Garcia, Muguruza, Kvitova, Pliskova, Goerges, Ostapenko, Kasatkina, Venus, Mertens, Barty and Osaka. Almost every unseeded player in the draw is dangerous: Pavlyuchenkova, Sakkari, Sharapova, Cornet, Bertens, Makarova, Kontaveit, Sevastova, Buzarnescu, Konta and more. Wildcards have gone to: Zhao, Abanda, Azarenka and Bouchard. The defending champ is Svitolina with Wozniacki being the runner up last year. Defending doubles champs were Makarova/Vesnina but Vesnina isn't playing. Makarova plays with Latisha Chan. Chan, Babos and Siniakova are all in contention for the #1 ranking. Babos is currently the #1, Chan a former #1 and Siniakova currently at her high of #2. Halep has a firm grasp on the number 1 spot so she'll stay number 1 even though she's defending SF points. #2 Wozniacki defending finalist points, #3 Sloane defending SF points too. #5 Svitolina defending champion points. #4 Kerber defending just 3R points so a huge chance for her. Honestly the rate she's going, number 1 by year end is possible. Withdrawals include: Cibulkova, Keys, Coco and Serena. Lots of popcorn 1R matches: Kasatkina v Sakkari Sharapova v Karatantcheva (i'll post about the shade behind these two in my next post) Pliskova v Siniakova Makarova v Kontaveit Safarova v Gavrilova Osaka v Suarez Navarro Azarenka v Mladenovic Ostapenko v Konta Some very good possible 2R: Halep v Pavs Kasatkina v Sharapova Kerber v Cornet Pliskova v Bertens Kvitova v Makarova/Kontaveit Muguruza v Sevastova Svitolina v Buzarnescu!! Mihaela beat Elina at both the French Open and Birmingham and just won San Jose. Azarenka/Mladenovic v Konta/Ostapenko. Any four of these possible matches will be juicy. So, who will win the 2018 Rogers Cup?