Top-ranked Serena Williams advanced to the Rogers Cup quarter-finals on Thursday, beating 16th-seeded Andrea Petkovic of Germany 6-3 6-2.
Meanwhile, former French Open champion Ana Ivanovic also booked her spot in the third round of the competition, courtesy of a 6-4 7-6(4) win over Belarus’ Olga Govortsova.
“I’m really happy I could win this match because I expected a tough match”, Halep said, as quoted by Eurosport.
Williams, who won the title in 2001, 2011 and 2013, dominated on service and blasted nine aces in a match that lasted just over an hour.
Garbine Muguruza is knocked out of the Rogers Cup in the second round after losing in straight sets to Ukraine’s Lesia Tsurenko.
Second-seeded Simona Halep of Romania is scheduled to play 13th-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany in the feature early afternoon matchup.
“I had a long break at home, so it was difficult to come here and right away face one of the hardest players in the world, but I just did everything I could to win”. “I still think I have a tremendous amount of improvement to do off the ground and everywhere else”.
Francoise Abanda of Montreal and Heidi El Tabakh of Toronto dropped a 6-3, 6-2 decision to fourth-seeded Caroline Garcia of France and Katarina Srebotnik of Slovenia.
Wozniacki played despite recovering from a nagging calf injury and fell in a close match to Bencic 7-5, 7-5 before indicating she felt pushed to play by the WTA rules.
Bencic, the unseeded world No. 20, held off Germany’s Sabine Lisicki 6-1, 1-6, 7-6 (3) in a spirited matchup on the grandstand court at Aviva Centre.