Pliskova ad­vances

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TORONTO — Ja­panese qual­i­fier Naomi Osaka was brim­ming with con­fi­dence af­ter tak­ing a set off the world’s top-ranked women’s ten­nis player on Thurs­day at the Rogers Cup.

Any hope of com­plet­ing a ma­jor up­set over Karolina Pliskova was dashed mo­ments later.

Af­ter her serve was bro­ken to open the third set, Osaka de­cided to re­tire from the match due to an ab­dom­i­nal in­jury. That gave Pliskova a 6-2, 6-7 (4), 1-0 vic­tory and a berth in the quar­ter-fi­nals.

It wasn’t im­me­di­ately clear when Osaka suf­fered the in­jury. She was in form dur­ing the tiebreaker, fir­ing a ser­vice win­ner to con­vert her sec­ond set point un­der the warm sun at Aviva Cen­tre.

Pliskova came out strong to open the third set and Osaka called for a trainer at the changeover. She briefly stretched out on the hard­court be­fore the de­ci­sion was made.

The world No. 50 re­ceived treat­ment af­ter the match and did not speak to re­porters.

Pliskova, mean­while, will move on to play sixth-seeded Caro­line Woz­ni­acki of Den­mark, who downed 10th-seeded Ag­nieszka Rad­wan­ska of Poland 6-3, 6-1 on Thurs­day.

Pliskova, re­cently in­stalled as world No. 1, also had an af­ter­noon dou­bles match sched­uled with Canada’s Eu­ge­nie Bouchard. They lost to Anna-Lena Groene­feld of Ger­many and Kveta Peschke of the Czech Repub­lic.

Caro­line Gar­cia of France de­feated Amer­i­can Cather­ine Bel­lis 6-4, 6-2 in the other early sin­gles match.

Later Thurs­day, sec­ond­seeded Si­mona Halep of Ro­ma­nia de­feated Barbora Strycova of the Czech Repub­lic. Third-seeded Ger­man An­gelique Ker­ber played Amer­i­can Sloane Stephens and Eka­te­rina Makarova of Rus­sia was was beaten by Lu­cie Sa­farova of the Czech Repub­lic.

Amer­i­can Venus Wil­liams, the ninth seed, played fifth-seeded Ukrainian Elina Svi­tolina in the fea­ture evening matchup. In the late match, Aus­tralian qual­i­fier Ash­leigh Barty was to meet fourth-seeded Gar­bine Mugu­ruza of Spain.

In dou­bles play, Bianca An­dreescu of Mis­sis­sauga, Ont., and Mon­treal-based Car­son Brans­tine were to meet the topseeded duo of Makarova and Rus­sia’s Elena Ves­nina. Ot­tawa’s Gabriela Dabrowski and Latvia’s Je­lena Ostapenko were to face Ger­many’s Ju­lia Go­erges and Ukraine’s Olga Savchuk.

Play con­tin­ues at the US $2.74-mil­lion tour­na­ment through Sun­day.

NATHAN DENETTE/THE

Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Repub­lic re­turns the ball against Naomi Osaka of Ja­pan dur­ing women’s third round Rogers Cup ten­nis ac­tion in Toronto on Thurs­day. Pliskova de­feated Osaka to move on to the quar­ter-fi­nals.

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