Unseeded Cornet upsets Kerber at Rogers Cup

Karolina Pliskova lost to Kiki Bertens at Rogers Cup

Karolina Pliskova lost to Kiki Bertens at Rogers Cup

It marked the second straight time that Cornet prevailed against Kerber after losing their first three matchups.

Serving to stay in the set, Kerber had a game point but Cornet was able to display her tough mentality, with the Frenchwoman showing off her wheels on the court as she fended off Kerber's drop shots easily, ultimately taking the first set after 48 minutes of play. "It was a different tactic today".

". She's not so tall, but she has such a big serve; I don't know how she does that", Cornet said.

Kerber committed 32 unforced errors - including 20 in the opening set - while going down meekly. "It's not always so easy to change the surface". "I took a few weeks off after Wimbledon so I knew I had to come here, play a lot of matches, and also to get used to the hard courts again".

Unseeded Kiki Bertens is ranked 18th in the world so it wasn't much of an upset when she beat ninth-seeded Karolina Pliskova 6-2, 6-2 to advance to a third round encounter with eighth-seeded Petra Kvitova.

The punishing serve that propelled Karolina Pliskova to the top of the tennis world past year proved ineffective against Kiki Bertens at the Rogers Cup in Montreal on Wednesday as the Dutchwoman cruised to a 6-2 6-2 victory.

"Happy with my 2nd round win", Bertens tweeted after the victory.

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There was no such surprise defeat for Maria Sharapova as the former world No 1 made light work of her 12th-seeded compatriot Daria Kasatkina.

Sharapova required just 76 minutes to complete the sweep.

Kasatkina, 21, managed just three winners in the match.

"I've had all types of matches in my career", said Sharapova, who has climbed back to 22nd in the world. Cornet, producing some good returns, was sixth-time lucky as Kerber was extremely inconsistent on her forehand wing which proved costly - gifting the chance for Cornet to serve out the match. It was soon a 4-1 rout for the world number 22 who sat two games from another successful finish for her game. You can't take that very lightly, especially for a second round.

Fifth seed Elina Svitolina also reached the third round, but the fifth seed was pushed hard by San Jose champion Mihaela Buzarnescu, before the Romanian was forced to retire with an injury. She eventually left the court in a wheelchair, waving to the crowd as it rose to give her a standing ovation.

Among other matches, 14th-seeded Belgian Elise Mertens defeated China's Zhang Shuai 6-2, 6-7 (2), 6-0, while third-seeded American Sloane Stephens rolled to a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Canadian Francoise Abanda.

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