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MONTREAL -- The Rogers Cup is reaching new heights. Sundays final at Uniprix Stadium in Montreal, which saw third-seed Agnieszka Radwanska beat Venus Williams in straight sets 6-4, 6-2, helped the event break the world record for attendance at a week-long womens tennis tournament. The event drew 181,996 spectators, topping the previous Rogers Cup high of 174,706 set in 2006. Tournament director Eugene Lapierre, who was pleased with breaking the attendance record, wants that number to keep growing. "Theres still room in the stadium, dont think otherwise," said Lapierre, who also serves as vice president of professional tennis in Quebec for Tennis Canada. "We didnt have sell-outs every single day. For the mens tournament, weve hit an attendance of 215,000. Theres room for more, especially during the first few days of the tournament. We can get a lot of people on site." Uniprix Stadium, only the 15th largest stadium in terms of capacity on the Womens Tennis Association tour, holds more than 15,000 tennis fans between its two largest courts. Before the Rogers Cup first-round matches had even begun, more than 40,000 fans had made their way to Uniprix Stadium on free practice and qualifying days. On Sunday, there were more than 12,000 supporters on site for the final between Radwanska and Williams. Lapierre however, knows the tournament would have been an even bigger success if Montreal-born tennis phenom Eugenie Bouchard hadnt been bumped from the second round. After earning a first-round bye for being a top-8 seeded player, Bouchard lost in three sets to American qualifier Shelby Rogers on the second day of competition. "A lot of people would have wanted to come see Eugenie throughout the week, but I dont know how many, we havent yet monitored those numbers," said Lapierre, who justified the many empty seats in Sundays final on Bouchards absence. "We see it with our sports teams in Montreal. Do we love hockey? Yes. But as soon as the Canadiens are out of the playoffs, there arent many people watching the remaining games, even if its great hockey." Lapierre said that Bouchards recent outstanding results -- the 20-year-old reached all three grand slam semifinals this year -- had an impact on ticket sales in the lead-up to the event. The tournament director added that new amateur tennis fans, people who had never bought Rogers Cup tickets before, came to the stadium in droves throughout the week. But Lapierre, a former tennis player himself, wants supporters to come for the tennis, not just the Canadians on the court. "Fans need to realize that we have some of the biggest players in the world," he said. "We never had a Canadian do so well before. Now we have someone who can actually win the tournament. But if even if she loses, its not the end of the world. We have the best players in the world." On top of Bouchards surprise early exit, the Rogers Cup week wasnt without its twist and turns. On Tuesday afternoon, a power outage at Uniprix Stadium threw the courts in darkness until early Wednesday. The umpires microphone didnt work, and the Internet was down. Tickets at the gate could no longer be purchased or scanned. All matches, including Bouchards, were delayed. When the sun set, generators, which werent on hand at the time of the outage, were brought in to light up the stadium. That meant a lot of lost revenue for Tennis Canada, which owns the Rogers Cup. Lapierre said he wants to make sure something like that never happens again. "I learned that we need generators," said Lapierre when asked what he can do differently next year to make the tournament an even bigger success. "In terms of our dependence on energy, that will become a focal point now. Something like that had never happened before in 35 years. "Well definitely see how we can become completely independent." Despite the pitfalls, the Rogers Cup is still one of the favourites for players on the WTA tour. Runner-up Venus Williams had nothing but praise for the city. "This is my favourite city. I love it," said Williams, whos still seeking her first tournament victory of the season. "I think I was hitting some balls on Sunday, and I couldnt believe the massive number of fans here. Ive never seen anything like it, even at a major. "As much as I love Toronto, I wish the womens tournament was here every year. I would love to continue my winning ways in Canada, in Quebec, so Im looking forward to it." Notes: Radwanska became the first Rogers Cup winner from Poland on Sunday after making little work of her opponent -- the match lasted just one hour and 22 minutes. Radwanska, ranked fifth in the world, won her first tournament since Sept. 2013. à Later on Sunday, Italians Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci defeated Cara Black and Sania Mirza 7-6 (4), 6-3, in the doubles final. à Canadians Aleksandra Wozniak, Stephanie Dubois and Francoise Abanda were all eliminated in the first round. Y.A. Tittle Super Bowl Jersey . -- Phil Mickelson will be watching the final two rounds of the Masters from home for the first time in 17 years. Patrick Willis Super Bowl Jersey . Last year, Islanders forward Colin Mcdonald released a "Do It For Colin" campaign to promote his teammate and friend John Tavares for the EA sports honour:The most popular sports voting video ever has to go to Chris Bosh who showcased his comedic abilities in his effort to get fans to vote him into the 2008 All Star Game:You can vote for TJ and other star players for the NHL 15 cover vote here. http://www.thesf49ersshoponline.com/Youth-Jeff-Wilson-Jr-49ers-Jersey/ . -- C.J. Cron hit an RBI single on the first pitch he saw in the major leagues, doubled his second time up and hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the sixth inning to lead the Los Angeles Angels to a 5-3 victory over the Texas Rangers on Saturday night. Jaquiski Tartt Super Bowl Jersey .C. -- Benn Ferrieros familiar with scoring important goals, just not in back-to-back games. Custom 49ers Super Bowl Jerseys . Kyrie Irving and the Cleveland Cavaliers were left fretting over an MRI on the stars left knee. Paul George scored 21 points, Roy Hibbert added 19 and the Pacers used a dominant fourth quarter to blow out the Cavaliers 91-76 on Tuesday The Pacers (25-5) have won eight in a row over Cleveland, their longest active streak against any opponent.NEW ORLEANS -- The Pelicans offence hit a cold streak at the worst time. Mike Conley hit a driving layup against Austin Rivers with 1.5 seconds remaining to complete Memphis 9-0 run over the final 3:22 and the Grizzlies escaped with a 90-88 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday night. Conley initially drove to his right, and then split the lane before pulling up just short of the goal for his game-winning basket.. The Pelicans were out of timeouts and Rivers missed a long desperation shot as time expired. "Its very sweet," said Conley, who scored 16 points in leading the Grizzlies to their fourth consecutive win. "We knew who they had on the floor. They were going to switch the pick-and-roll. I ended up splitting it and having a lane." The undermanned Pelicans, playing without guards Tyreke Evans and Eric Gordon, missed five shots and committed one turnover during the final 3:22. "Its tough," Rivers said. "We felt like we had the game won. We should have known better. They are a veteran team." Anthony Morrow missed a 3-point attempt with 14.3 seconds remaining, setting up the Grizzlies for the winning shot. "It felt great," Morrow said of his missed shot. "I was open, just a little bit off." Marc Gasol added 15 points, and Zach Randolph and Tony Allen 13 each for Memphis. Anthony Davis scored 29 points, including 22 in the first half, for the Pelicans, who had won their past three games. Rivers scored 14 points, Brian Roberts 12 and Morrow 10 for New Orleans. Davis, who turned 21 Tuesday, added 10 rebounds and four blocked shots. "The last few minutes we could not get anything," Davis said.dddddddddddd"We couldnt run a play. We had a couple of bad shots, turned the ball over." After taking a 57-48 halftime lead, the Pelicans were held to 31 points in the second half, equaling their second-quarter output. New Orleans, which scored 14 points in the final quarter, finished with 17 turnovers and 16 assists. "We just couldnt score," Pelicans coach Monty Williams said. "We couldnt get into an offence. We kind of went away from the things that weve been doing, pushing the ball down the floor off stops." Memphis juggled its defence against Davis in the second half, using Tayshaun Prince, then James Johnson. The ploy worked as Davis, who was 8 of 11 in the first half, finished 9 of 14. "I thought that was effective but it was an effort thing," Memphis coach David Joerger said. "We didnt play hard enough or with enough energy in the first half. Then, in the second half, we picked up more energy. We went small a little bit just to kind of junk up the game." Davis was dominant in the first half, scoring 22 points. He displayed his full arsenal, scoring underneath or stepping out and hitting the open jumper. Randolph led the Grizzlies with 12 points and four rebounds in the half. He was 5 of 7, taking advantage of his matchup against the Pelicans Alexis Ajinca. NOTES: The Pelicans made all of 22 of their free throw attempts, the first time they were perfect from the line since March 18, 2013, against Golden State. It was the second most free throws made while staying perfect in franchise history. ' ' '

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