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Halep has drawn on its resources to win five of the last six games, including the decisive service of Pavlyuchenkova.
The Romanian Simona Halep has had need of all his ardor and his determination to get to the third round of the tournament of women’s tennis from the Rogers Cup on Thursday afternoon at the stadium IGA.
In a match that started on Wednesday night and stopped because of rain after 38 minutes of the game, the first seeded and world number one had to come from behind to overcome Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 7-6 (9), 4-6, 7-5. In total, the duel lasted three hours and eight minutes.
Pavlyuchenkova, who suffered an eighth loss in as many outings against Halep in her career, which had forced the holding of the third inning after making a break in the ninth game of the second set, which gave him advance 5-4.
The Russian 27-year-old repeated the feat from the first game of the round, decisive, and seemed to be in control of the match with a lead of 4-2. But Halep has drawn on its resources to win five of the last six games, including the decisive service of Pavlyuchenkova.
“It was difficult because she was very combative on the court. And with the wind, I didn’t feel the pace of the game. But I fought until the end and this is the reason for which I could win, ” said Halep, in the interview with the WTA.
After having spent exactly two hours and 30 minutes on the centre court, Halep will return there in the evening to face Venus Williams, 13th seeded in the third round. The experienced American spent an hour less on court than Halep, on the way to a victory of 7-6 (4), 6-4 victory against the Romanian Sorana Cristea.
In another meeting that began Wednesday evening, the British Johanna Konta has completed its work of demolition against the Belarusian Victoria Azarenka, it has eliminated 6-3, 6-1, in 1 hour and 23 minutes.
Although it has needed only 27 minutes to complete this match, Konta has not been able to achieve a doubling. In the late afternoon, she dropped the flag in front of the Ukrainian Elina Svitolina. Defending champion and fifth-seeded, Svitolina won 6-3, 6-4.
In the fourth and last match of the second round of the day, the Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka has taken its revenge in the face of the Danish Caroline Wozniacki, second-seeded, winning 5-7, 6-2, 7-6 (4). Aged 20 years and ranked 39th in the world, Sabalenka was inclined in the final of the tournament in Eastbourne, on the 30th of June, 7-5, 7-6 (5) against Wozniacki in their only clash in their career.
After a duel that lasted two hours and 31 minutes, Sabalenka will face the Belgian Elise Mertens at the middle of the evening.
Stephens, first quarter
The American Sloane Stephens was the first player to reach the quarter-finals thanks to a victory of 6-2, 7-5 against spain’s Carla Suarez-Navarro.
If we exclude a decline plan in the middle of the second round, but she has left her rival offset a deficit of 1-5, Stephens was solid in the face of a player experienced, ranked 27th in the world.
His fifth break of the fight, during the 11th game of the second set, allowed him to resume the advance. The third player in the world has put an end to the duel with his fourth ball of the match, with a forehand crosscourt that gave no chance to the Spanish.
“She has raised the level of his game and started to play better, has analyzed the U.s. for 25 years. She turned to her trainer at 5-2 (the second set), she has played in slightly different ways. These are things that happen sometimes. I am glad that I turned around and to have played with enthusiasm in the last two games. “
Stephens will face off on Friday, Latvian Anastasija Sevastova, who has surprised the German Julia Georges, 10th head series, 6-3, 7-6 (2).
The Australian Ashleigh Barty, 15th head of series, also accessed the quarter-finals thanks to a victory of 7-6 (3), 6-4 against the French Alize Cornet. Barty will play against the Dutch Kiki Bertens, who caused another surprise by eliminating the Czech Petra Kvitova, ranked 8th, 6-3, 6-2 in just 72 minutes.