Halep Sets Up Third-Round Showdown Against Venus Williams

Venus Williams Montreal 2018

Venus Williams Montreal 2018

For the resident of Athens, who arrived in Toronto fresh off a run to the semi-finals in Washington, where he lost to German world No. 3 Alexander Zverev, the win is the latest in a breakthrough campaign during which he has reached the quarter-finals or better at seven ATP main tour events.

The reigning French Open champion started quickly, winning the first two games en route to taking the opening set.

Halep and Garcia met in the quarter-finals of this event a year ago when it was held in Toronto with Halep coming out the victor 6-4, 6-2.

Halep, whose match began on Wednesday but was halted because of rain with Pavlyuchenkova ahead 4-3, returned on Thursday to close out a three-hour battle during which she required treatment for what appeared to be blisters on the bottom of her right foot.

The Romanian world No.1 will have a quick turnaround as she is set to cap the evening session with a battle against seven-time grand slam victor Williams, who will also not be fully rested after beating Sorana Cirstea 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 in a match that was postponed from Wednesday.

Against Williams, the 26-year-old Romanian saved the only break point she faced in the 74-minute match and converted five of her nine break opportunities.

Second seed Dane Caroline Wozniacki went down in her first match of the tournament, losing 5-7, 6-2, 7-6 (7-4) to Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus.

The 20-year-old saved three match points at 3-5 in the third set - winning a backhand rally on the first, acing Wozniacki on the second, and crushing a victor that was set up by a big serve on the third.

United Kingdom house prices edged up in July - RICS survey
Mortgage tax relief for landlords will be limited to the basic rate of income tax by 2020 due to the buy-to-let tax regime changes brought in past year .

"I won the match, and I m really happy that I could fight until the end. I didn't get it".

The ninth-seeded Serb unexpectedly fell in three sets 6-3, 6-7 (7-5), 6-3 to Greek teenager Stefanos Tsitsipas, with the 19-year-old moving into the quarter-finals.

That setback allowed Suarez Navarro to battle back to 5-5 before the American steadied herself to claim a third win in three meetings against the Spaniard after 90 minutes on court.

Tsitsipas is next to face Zverev after the second seed beat Russian qualifier Daniil Medvedev 6-3, 6-2.

Australian No.1 Ashleigh Barty renews her rivalry with Kiki Bertens when the stakes are high again after the Dutchwoman made a surprising progression to the Canadian Open quarter-finals.

Cornet had entered the match confident after stunning Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber 6-4 6-1 in the second round and did exert some pressure on Barty.

Britain's Johanna Konta saw off two-time Grand Slam champion and former world number one Victoria Azarenka, 6-3, 6-1, to move into the third round in a tie held over from Wednesday due to rain.

Konta will return to the court later Thursday to face fifth seed Elina Svitolina of Ukraine for a place in the last-eight.

Recommended News

  • Japan's economy returns to growth in Q2

    Japan's economy returns to growth in Q2

    In addition, Japan's ongoing recovery is increasingly causing labor shortages worsened by a rapidly ageing population. The United States has pressured Japan for a bi-lateral free-trade agreement as a way to lower the USA trade deficit.
    Search continues for US Marine reported overboard near Philippines

    Search continues for US Marine reported overboard near Philippines

    At the time, the Essex was "conducting routine operations in the Sulu Sea", according to the statement. Officials did not release the Marine's name, but said his or her family has been notified.

    Seattle mechanic opens up to control tower before 'suicidal' crash

    NBC reported that the man expressed distress about his mental health while communicating with the air traffic control tower. They should've gone over and said "Hey, ' if nothing else, 'Can I help you? I was kind of hoping that was gonna be it".
  • CBA selected by World Bank to deliver first blockchain bond

    CBA selected by World Bank to deliver first blockchain bond

    An independent review has been conducted by Microsoft of the CBA blockchain architecture, security and resilience. A woman walks past a Commonwealth Bank of Australia logo and ATM in Sydney, Australia, February 7, 2018.
    Airline Worker Steals Aircraft, Crashes Near Seattle

    Airline Worker Steals Aircraft, Crashes Near Seattle

    The newspaper describes him as sounding "carefree and wild" in the audio. "I'm down to 2,100 (pounds)", he is heard saying . They probably have anti-aircraft". "They just came in screaming", Funk said. "I was kinda hoping that was gonna be it.
    Alan Shearer predicts 2018/19 Premier League top four

    Alan Shearer predicts 2018/19 Premier League top four

    Nevertheless, Tottenham's official supporters" club released a statement saying they were "dismayed' by zero signings. "It doesn't matter who you are playing in the Premier League , they are tough".
  • Rogers Cup: Johanna Konta beats Victoria Azarenka to move into third round

    Rogers Cup: Johanna Konta beats Victoria Azarenka to move into third round

    The 27-year-old Briton was 6-3, 3-0 ahead when the match resumed, and she raced to a comfortable 6-3, 6-1 victory. Her next opponent will be number six seed Caroline Garcia , who overcame Maria Sharapova 6-3 6-2.
    Mexico says working hard with U.S. on new NAFTA auto rules

    Mexico says working hard with U.S. on new NAFTA auto rules

    Mexico views the clause as redundant because any of the partners already can withdraw from NAFTA after giving six months' notice. North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiations with Mexico are going "as well as we can possibly expect right now".
    Golf mourns death of Australian player Jarrod Lyle at 36

    Golf mourns death of Australian player Jarrod Lyle at 36

    The 12-time US Tour victor has only bettered Thursday's driving display once, during the 2006 Barracuda Championship. The news has prompted tributes from friends and players, many referring to Lyle's characteristic "bucket hat".
  • Nasa launches historic space probe in mission to 'touch' the sun

    Nasa launches historic space probe in mission to 'touch' the sun

    A Delta-IV heavy rocket carrying the probe took off from Cape Canaveral, Florida at around 07.31 GMT on Sunday morning. It is travelling on board the Delta-IV Heavy rocket, which will hurl the probe into the inner Solar System.
    Phil Mickelson misses cut at PGA Championship, puts Ryder Cup in question

    Phil Mickelson misses cut at PGA Championship, puts Ryder Cup in question

    It means Mickelson will have to rely on one of four captain's picks, although he is one of the favourites to be selected. Here's a look at some of the standout players to have missed the cut from both sides of the Atlantic and its impact ...
    Stefanos Tsitsipas saves MP against Anderson to write history — ATP Toronto

    Stefanos Tsitsipas saves MP against Anderson to write history — ATP Toronto

    Ranked 27th, Tsitsipas would jump 12th with a victory Sunday and to 15th with a loss when the new rankings are released Monday. Tsitsipas is the first unseeded Rogers Cup finalist since Nicolas Kiefer lost to Nadal in 2008.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.