PLISKOVA IS OUT; FEDERER TO SEMIS
Caroline Wozniacki defeated top-ranked Karolina Pliskova, 7-5, 6-7 (3), 6-4, in women’s quarter-final play at the Rogers Cup tennis tournament in Toronto on Friday. The match was completed over five hours after its scheduled start time due to wet weather at Aviva Centre. Wozniacki, the sixth seed from Denmark, dropped the first three games, but rebounded to take the opening set by serving out at love. Pliskova, from the Czech Republic, was playing her first tournament as world No. 1. Wozniacki spent 67 weeks as the world’s top-ranked player in 2010 and ’11 but her ranking slipped over the past two seasons due to injuries. In Montreal, second-seeded Roger Federer continued his mastery over 12th-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain with a 6-4, 6-4 victory in a quarter-final at the men’s Rogers Cup. In Saturday’s semifinals, the 36-year-old Swiss will face unseeded Dutchman Robin Haase, a 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 winner over Diego Schwartzman of Argentina. Federer has won all seven career matches and taken all 16 sets against the 29-year-old Bautista Agut. He is 1-0 against Haase — a straight-sets win in Davis Cup play in 2012. Haase, 30, reached his first career Masters Series semifinal.