Rogers Cup 2019: Serena brushes past Mertens in Toronto

Ruben Hill
August 8, 2019

Halep, who won the 2018 Rogers Cup title in Montreal, was up 4-0 in the third set before Brady stormed back by winning five straight games. I'm loving going out there, and I'm loving kind of running.

On how it will feel to play Amanda Anisimova for the first time, Serena added: "I face a lot of players for the first time, so it's just really about going out there and doing a little studying about their game and then going from there and playing".

So it's a good thing.

"I feel like my movement is great", said Williams.

Williams will face Russian qualifier Ekaterina Alexandrova in the last 16 and a win would set up a potential quarter-final with U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka, which would be their first encounter since last year's controversial NY final. "[I've] been working on my fitness, so I felt like it really was able to shine through".

Next up for Halep, who won the event past year in Montreal, will be the victor of Wednesday's match between Croatia's Donna Vekic and Russian wildcard Svetlana Kuznetsova.

Wimbledon champion Simona Halep of Romania beat American qualifier Jennifer Brady 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (5).

The No. 4 Halep broke the 76th-ranked Brady for a third time in the set to go up 6-5, but the former world No. 1 was broken right back to set up the tiebreak.

"I was exhausted in the third set, I felt the Achilles since the first point of the match, but it's normal after a break and also coming on the hard courts", said Halep.

"I thought I played really well despite the fact that we only played one set", said Osaka.

"I mean, I'm really exhausted, and I should be sleeping right now", she said.

The 26-year-old Halep will face Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russian Federation.

Elsewhere, Japan's Naomi Osaka moved a step closer to regaining her world number one ranking after her opponent Tatjana Maria retired at 6-2 down.

Andreescu edged Russia's Daria Kasatkina 5-7, 6-2, 7-5 in a match that lasted two hours 40 minutes on centre court.

Pliskova could overtake Barty, the French Open champion who lost in Toronto on Tuesday, and Osaka both after beating 37th-ranked American Alison Riske 6-4, 6-7 (4/7), 6-2. On Tuesday night, the 19-year-old Andreescu beat fellow Canadian Eugenie Bouchard.

By defeating Caroline Wozniacki, Iga Swiatek claimed her first victory over a Top 15 player in her career.

Pliskova will next play Estonia's 19th-ranked Anett Kontaveit, who made the third round when Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro retired with an injury at 7-5, 3-1 down.

Kontaveit will face Pliskova on Thursday while Yastremska takes on American Sofia Kenin.

Ukrainian teenager Dayana Yastremska, who has won titles in Strasbourg and Hua Hin this year, did well to shake off the nerves and secure a 7-5 7-5 upset victory over former world No.1 Victoria Azarenka.

Ukraine's Elina Svitolina, the 2017 Rogers Cup victor, moved onto the third round with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 victory over Katerina Siniakova, and 2015 champion Belinda Bencic of Switzerland edged Julia Goerges 5-7, 6-3, 6-4.

Belinda Bencic has won both her previous matches against Elina Svitolina, including in Dubai earlier this year.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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