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ROME - Local favourite Francesca Schiavone eliminated Canadian Eugenie Bouchard from the Italian Open on Monday. Chris Mullin Jersey . Schiavone defeated the Westmount, Que., native, who was the 17th seed, 6-4, 6-2 in the first round. Meanwhile, Grigor Dimitrov overcame a slow start and sweaty hands to beat 45th-ranked Edouard Roger-Vasselin of France 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the first round of the Italian Open on Monday. The 14th-ranked Dimitrov, a Bulgarian who at 22 is the youngest player in the top 20, did not take well to the red-and-white towels at the Foro Italico. "Theyre new and they dont absorb any sweat," he said. "Three or four times I was about to lose my racket. I asked several times (for all-white towels) but they told me, We dont have it." Dimitrov will next face big-serving Ivo Karlovic, who beat Spanish qualifier Pablo Carreno Busta 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4). In an upset, 13th-seeded Fabio Fognini, the top Italian hope, was handily beaten by 56th-ranked Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic 6-3, 6-2. Also, 11th-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga saved two set points in the second set before eliminating Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine 6-3, 7-6 (5). In womens play, Sam Stosur beat Wimbledon runner-up Sabine Lisicki 6-3, 6-3; 11th-seeded Ana Ivanovic defeated Italian wild-card entry Karin Knapp 6-1, 6-1; 12th-seeded Flavia Pennetta got past Yvonne Meusburger of Austria, 6-2, 6-3; and 16th-seeded American Sloane Stephens rallied past Bojana Jovanovski of Serbia 3-6, 6-3, 6-3. Also, 1999 champion Venus Williams cruised past Annika Beck of Germany 6-3, 6-1. The eight top-seeded players have first-round byes. Second-ranked Novak Djokovic is back after withdrawing from last weeks Madrid Open with a right wrist injury and Roger Federer was out on the practice courts after also taking last week off to welcome the birth of his second set of twins. Top-ranked and defending champion Serena Williams, however, wouldnt commit to playing as she waits to see how her injured left thigh feels. "Im taking it a day at a time. Well see as the week goes on. I have the rest of the day off and Ill see how I feel tomorrow," Serena said. "I hit some balls today a little bit so Im going to see later tonight how it feels." Serena withdrew before her quarterfinal match in Madrid, where she had her thigh heavily bandaged and said the injury occurred during a first-round victory over Belinda Bencic. One of the only top players not in Rome was Kei Nishikori of Japan, who retired midway through Sundays Madrid final against Rafael Nadal citing a lower back and hip injury. Rome is the last key clay-court warmup before the French Open starts in two weeks. JaVale McGee Jersey . The Vancouver coach and an announced sellout crowd of 18,910 watched in dismay as the Canucks lost 7-4 to the New York Islanders on Monday night by squandering a 3-0 lead in the third period. Damian Jones Jersey . Ronaldo failed to connect on an ample number of opportunities at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium. But Karim Benzema and Jese Rodriguez scored in each half for Madrid to come out of the first leg with the firm advantage.GLASGOW -- Audrey Lacroix wasnt sure she would ever swim competitively again, let alone experience a moment like the one she had Monday night. The Canadian butterfly specialist won gold in the womens 200-metre final at the Commonwealth Games to complete a remarkable comeback after being diagnosed with a career-threatening anxiety disorder in 2011. Lacroix was having a difficult time in the leadup to the London Olympics and found herself constantly on edge as the pressure to make the team mounted following a string of poor results. The Pont-Rouge, Que., native eventually sought help, and it started her on a path to the top of the podium at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre. "When I was diagnosed with anxiety, I wasnt sure if I could ever go in the (starting) blocks again," said the 30-year-old Lacroix. "I took it step by step. I did one race and then I made the Olympic team. "Now to be able to race some of the fastest girls in the world and win is just so incredible. I know how hard it was to get back to this level so now I appreciate it even more." Lacroix said she seriously contemplated quitting the sport in her darkest moments, but decided to continue after lengthy discussions with coaches, officials and team doctors. "The main goal was for me to be healthy and swimming at that level, its not for everybody, and you need to be healthy to do it," said the two-time Olympian. "Everybody was fine with whichever decision I took." Lacroix touched the wall first in a time of two minutes 7.61 seconds on Monday, but initially wasnt sure if she had done enough to get her first gold at the Commonwealth Games. "I was really confused. For some reason I couldnt see the board -- I couldnt see my name or my time," she said. "I turned and I saw that there was one light on my block, so that my meant I won. I also had the TV camera in my face so that was a pretty good cue." Aimee Willmott of England was second in 2:08.07, while Australias Maddie Groves captured bronze in 2:08.44. Katerine Savard -- who won the 100-metre butterfly earlier in the competition -- led for the first 100 metres, but the Pont-Rouge native faded late and finished eight. Lacroix won bronze in the 100-metre butterfly at the 2006 Commonwealth Games and took home a silver in the 200-metre event four years ago. She was fifth halfway through Mondays race and third with 50 metres to go before kicking things into another gear to bring home Canadas third gold medal in the pool. "I expected a tight race and it was," said Lacroix. "Its just an amazing feeling. I really wanted gold. I already have bronze and a silver in the Commonwealth Games so its a very special thing to get the gold tonight."; Lacroixs victory was Canadas second podium finish of the night after Brittany MacLean won bronze in the womens 800-metre freestyle. Draymond Green Jersey. The 20-year-old from Toronto smashed the Canadian record in the event with a time of 8:20.91 for her second medal at the Games following a silver in the 4x200-metre freestyle relay. "I was just really looking towards to getting a medal," said MacLean, who lowered her own national mark by exactly four seconds. "I had so much fun getting the silver the other night with the relay team, but I really wanted to do one individually. "I knew I was capable of a really good swim. Ive been working hard all year. I just wanted to put it together when it mattered." Jazz Carlin of Wales won the gold in 8:18.11 to set a Commonwealth Games record, while New Zealands Lauren Boyle was second in 8:20.59. MacLean, who finished fifth in Thursdays 200-metre freestyle and will race in the 400-metre freestyle on Tuesday, said chopping the Canadian record by such a wide margin didnt come as a complete shock. "I wouldnt have told you that I was necessarily going to go that fast but knew that it was possible," she said. "You have to believe in yourself just as strongly as you believe in your training and believe in everything youve done. I went in here with the mindset that I was capable of racing those girls and I think I put up a good fight. Ill take bronze, definitely." Swimming is a young persons sport as many of the competitors in Glasgow have shown, but Lacroix seems to be getting better with age now that shes healthy. "I cannot control what the other girls are doing," she said. "All I can do is control me and I think I can be faster than when I was younger. I think I gave those girls a pretty good race tonight." Notes: Prince William and his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, were in attendance along with Williams brother Harry, but the trio left partway through the event. ... In other finals involving Canadians, Calgarys Russell Wood finished seventh in the mens 200-metre backstroke; Tera van Beilen of Oakville, Ont., finished sixth in the womens 100-metre breaststroke, one spot ahead of Kierra Smith of Kelowna, B.C.; Edmontons Richard Funk finished eighth in the mens 50-metre breaststroke; Victoria Poon and Sandrine Mainville tied for sixth in the womens 100-metre freestyle, while fellow Montrealer Alyson Ackman wound up eighth. ... Meanwhile, Ryan Cochrane will look to complete his double-gold repeat on Tuesday. The Victoria native -- who already won the mens 400-metre freestyle here -- qualified first for the 1,500-metre freestyle final. ... Calgarys Brooklynn Snodgrass qualified for Tuesdays final of the womens 50-metre backstroke. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '