MONTREAL - Israeli Shahar Peer went by way of an opening- round upset Monday at the $2 million Rogers Cup, a U.S. Open tune-up.
Wimbledon quarter finalist Kaia Kanepi, of Estonia, upended the 14th-seeded Peer in 6-3, 6-3 fashion on the hardcourts at Uniprix Stadium.
An additional Day-1 win came for Czech qualifier Iveta Benesova, who is rewarded with a second-rounder against top-seeded former world No. 1 Jelena Jankovic of Serbia.
Elena Dementieva beat former No. 1 Maria Sharapova in last year's all-Russian Rogers Cup finale in Toronto. This event shifts between Toronto and Montreal each year.
Dementieva is this week's fourth seed, while Sharapova pulled out here, citing a foot injury. Sharapova lost to U.S. Open champ Kim Clijsters in this past Sunday's Cincinnati finale.
This week's winner will earn $350,000.