TORONTO -- Rogers Cup fans got a glimpse of whats been touted as the next big thing in American tennis for some time. David Clarkson Blue Jackets Jersey . Sloane Stephens debuted at the womens tournament Monday with a 6-2, 7-6(5) victory over Frances Kristina Mladenovic in the opening round. The world No. 17-ranked Stephens has been labelled the natural successor to Serena and Venus Williams in the American womens game. This year shes proving why, with a semifinal showing at the Australian Open and quarter-final appearance at Wimbledon. Stephens insists she doesnt let the hype affect her game. "Obviously most of the attention I get is pretty positive," said Stephens. "Its because people want to see me do well and Im American and thats awesome, but I mean theres a little downfall of that too. There is a lot of pressure ... and things like that. "You just have to deal with it and play hard and imagine what (Andy) Murray deals with in England and what Serena has dealt with for so many years. Its definitely tough but people have done it before." The 20-year-old Stephens battled back from down 5-3 in the second set to win the match in 90 minutes, 40 seconds. She looked strong from the first game as she broke Mladenovic twice to jump out to a 3-0 lead. The No. 39-ranked Frenchwoman tried to play aggressive by attacking the net, but Stephens blew a forehand by her to make it 4-0. "She comes in a lot and volleys really well," said Stephens. "I knew probably she was going to press a little and make me play more balls. But I tried to stay with it and hit a lot of angles and move her and it seemed to work." Mladenovic had a chance to break and make it 4-2 but returned the ball long, then wide before Stephens reversed momentum to win the game and pull ahead 5-1. Mladenovic appeared en route to forcing a third set with a 5-3 lead in the second, but Stephens won three straight games before closing out the match in a tiebreak. "She upped her game a lot in the second set," said Stephens. "Some nights its going to be up and down, but I thought I stayed pretty solid and got through it." Stephens will next face Germanys Mona Barthel, who advanced with a 6-7(3), 6-3, 7-6(1) win over Chinas Jie Zheng. Carol Zhao, meanwhile, became the first Canadian ousted from the tournaments main draw. The 18-year-old qualifier from nearby Richmond Hill, Ont., lost 6-1, 6-3 to Russias Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. Zhao, making her first appearance in the Rogers Cup main draw, looked overpowered by the Russian in the first set but fought back for a 3-0 lead in the second. "I think I just tried to simplify my game plan (in the second set), and I think it rattled her a little bit," said Zhao. "I think the next step for me is trying to maintain that level of play for a longer period of time." Pavlyuchenkova rallied back to make it 4-3 before winning the match on serve. Shell meet four-seed Li Na of China in the second round. Zhao says the experience of playing her first Rogers Cup will be a lasting memory. "I think there is nothing really like coming to play the Rogers Cup. This is a tournament I grew up watching," said Zhao. "Getting an opportunity to play in the main draw is a dream come true." Most of the pre-tournament buzz has been around her fellow Canadian Eugenie Bouchard who lost in doubles on Monday with partner Kirsten Flipkens of Germany. The duo fell to Oksana Kalashnikova and Alicja Rosolska 4-6, 6-3, 10-7. Bouchard, a Westmount, Que., native who is the main draw on a wild card, will play her first singles match on Tuesday night against Russias Alisa Kleybanova. Bouchard turned heads at Wimbledon this year when she advanced to the third round with victory over former No. 1 Ana Ivanovic. Flavia Pennetta and Yanina Wickmayer were among the early winners in Mondays opening round. Pennetta of Italy became the first player through to the second round after she eliminated Urszula Radwanska 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, while Belgiums Wickmayer ousted American Bethanie Mattek-Sands 6-4, 2-6, 6-4. Mattek-Sands was called upon shortly before the match after Britains Laura Robson pulled out with a right wrist injury. Known for her eye-catching fashion sense, Mattek-Sands sported black socks and wrist bands with a streak of green in her blonde hair. The world No. 32-ranked Robson -- set to make her Rogers Cup debut -- joins a list of injured players who withdrew from the tournament, including top-5 seeds Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka. 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. PAUL, Minn. WASHINGTON -- Reggie Lambe spent most of Saturday night delivering pinpoint passes to his Toronto FC teammates, only to see those efforts squandered. But the Reds finally broke through in the 60th minute as Bobby Convey scored on a pass from Lambe, earning TFC a 1-1 draw with D.C. United at RFK Stadium in a battle between the two worst teams in Major League Soccers Eastern Conference. After working his way deep into United territory, Lambe found Convey wide open in the box for an easy tally. It was the midfielders first assist of the season, and Conveys first goal. "Right before that, Bobby had said, Lets switch wings for a bit," Lambe said. "I got the ball, drove forward and just saw him at the edge of the box. He finished brilliantly." For Convey, who played five seasons with United from 2000-04, the homecoming goal was a sweet one. "Its good to come back and score here," he said. "I thought Reggie played well the whole game. On (the goal), he looked up and played a good ball to me, and I was able to finish it." TFC (4-12-9) couldnt finish off D.C. despite a couple of good looks in the late stages of the second half. "These guys have to learn how to get results away from home," Toronto coach Ryan Nelsen said. "Im disappointed we didnt take all three points tonight, because I thought we deserved it." Keeper Joseph Bendik was called on for seven saves, including a rocket off the foot of former Red Luis Silva in the 67th minute. "I was just kind of telling myself to get there and get in a good spot," Bendik said. "I had just enough time to react to it. Then I saw it was Luis and I gave him a big smile." The teams entered the game among the bottom three in MLS in goals scored, so it figured offence would be at a premium. D.C. struck firsst as Dwayne De Rosario continued to torment his former employers. Cam Atkinson Blue Jackets Jersey. He worked through space and a hobbled Jonathan Osorio -- who would leave the match with an ankle injury -- to fire a blast past a diving Bendik in the 10th minute, giving United (3-17-5) a 1-0 advantage. "It took a world-class goal for them to score," Nelsen said. "I dont mind conceding world-class goals like that." De Rosario now has seven goals in four matches between the teams at RFK Stadium since he left Toronto early in the 2011 season, but Saturdays strike was just his third of the season. "I finally feel a little strength in my leg after two months of pretty much being out, not being able to strike the ball so my leg feels good, knock on wood," De Rosario said. "I like hitting the ball from that area." In a first half in which TFC was outshot 10-3, Lambe helped give his team its best opportunities, twice setting up Andrew Wiedeman for potential equalizers. But Wiedemans shot in the 28th minute went just wide and his header in the 33rd minute drifted over the bar. At the break, Nelsen left the motivational speeches to his players, who responded with a solid second-half effort. "Its always something said in the locker room to pump up the players -- from the captain to the youngest player on the team," Lambe said. "Were all pushing each other. We came back and were glad to get a point." NOTES: Saturdays contest marked the final game for Jeremy Brockie with Toronto, as his loan window closed. The 25-year-old forward will return to the Wellington Phoenix in the Australian A-League after tallying just one goal in 15 games. a Maximiliano Urruti, who joined TFC on Aug. 16, did not play Saturday. He registered just five minutes in his debut Aug. 17 against Columbus. Wholesale Jerseys China ' ' '