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The Romanian Simona Halep has reached the quarterfinals of the Rogers Cup.
The Romanian Simona Halep has reached the quarterfinals of the Rogers Cup women’s tennis Thursday, thanks to not one, but two victories, including one where she had to pull the chestnuts out of the fire.
First seeded and world number one, Halep came first from the rear when the deciding set to eliminate the Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 7-6 (9), 4-6, 7-5. This match, started Wednesday night and stopped because of rain after 38 minutes of the game, eventually lasted three hours and eight minutes.
Some five hours later, Halep returned to the centre court of the stadium IGA, where she eliminated the American Venus Williams, 13th head of series, in two short identical 6-2, 6-2.
As Aleppo and two other players on Thursday, Williams had to play two matches on Thursday due to inclement weather the day before. The American 38-year-old has done things in the face of the Romanian Sorana Cirstea, whom she defeated 7-6 (4), 6-4 in 1 hr 31.
But against a rival, 12 years younger, Williams was never really in the game at the end of the evening, all the more that it appeared to hurt the knee or the left ankle in the fourth game of the first set, a few moments after the two players had returned to action following a period of fifteen minutes caused by a storm.
“It’s a good thing that the duel was so short after the long first game. I saw that Venus was not feeling well so we can’t speak too much about this match, ” said Halep.
Williams, meanwhile, paid tribute to him.
“She really played very well. Let’s give him the credit for a great performance, ” said Williams, who has not spoken of the moment which she seemed to be injured.
Champion in Montreal in 2016, Halep will play against the French Caroline Garcia Friday. Sixth-seeded, Garcia has made fi a bad beginning of the game is to eliminate the Russian Maria Sharapova 6-3, 6-2.
Moreover, Aryna Sabalenka tried to repeat the feat of Halep. After you have eliminated the Danish Caroline Wozniacki, second-seeded, in three sets 5-7, 6-2, 7-6 (4), 2: 31, the Belarus of 20-year-old was back on the field only two hours later. It is, however, inclined in front of the Belgian Elise Mertens, 14th head of series, who prevailed 2-6, 7-6 (1), and 6-0.
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 eleventh 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 [in 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.
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 finish 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.