Halep Sets Up Third-Round Showdown Against Venus Williams

Halep outlasts Pavlyuchenkova to reach third round in Montreal

Halep outlasts Pavlyuchenkova to reach third round in Montreal

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.

Adam Scott two shots behind leader Brooks Koepka at US PGA Championship
He was at 3-over par for the second round through nine holes and 4 over for the tournament, putting him in a tie for 111th. A 12-under 198 total still left Koepka within sight of his third major title in 14 months, but the two-times U.S.

"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.

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