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

Elina Svitolina Montreal 2018

Elina Svitolina Montreal 2018

British number one Johanna Konta was beaten 6-3 6-4 by defending champion Elina Svitolina in her second match of the day at the Rogers Cup in Montreal.

From there, Svitolina had all the answers as she pocketed every game played, and edged a lengthy, five-deuce affair on Konta's serve to move in front for the final time.

Konta finished off a second round victory against Victoria Azarenka earlier in Thursday's action, as their match was suspended due to rain on Wednesday with the Brit leading, 6-3, 3-0.

Svitolina will now go on to face either Elise Mertens or Aryna Sabalenka.

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Ranked 28th in the world, Pavlyuchenkova aced twice and broke her opponent's serve twice, although Halep returned the favour with two breaks of her own.

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.

She held her nerve to serve out the match, claiming a 6-3 6-4 win after 85 minutes on court.

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