Call it the unluck of the draw.
When wild card entries Canadians Sharon Fichman and Stephanie Dubois were picked — at random — to meet in the first round at the Rogers Cup, it was a simultaneous blessing and curse.
The good news?
It guaranteed at least one Canadian would advance through to the second round on home soil.
The bad news?
It also guaranteed a Canadian would effectively be kicking another Canadian to the curb.
Toronto native Fichman basked in the glory and frowned about the dirty work on Tuesday after beating Stephanie Dubois of Laval, Que., 6-2, 5-7, 6-2.
Fichman moves on.
Dubois goes home.
“Stephanie is a great player and we’ve known each other for ages,” said Fichman, who will face 15th and former world No. 1 Jelena Jankovic of Serbia in the second round. “We’ve gone through a lot of different scenarios together: Playing against each other, playing with each other at Fed Cup. We always support each other.