Wil­liams barely breaks sweat to reach Toronto quar­ter-fi­nals

The Pak Banker - - INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS/SPORTS -

World num­ber one Ser­ena Wil­liams con­tin­ued her dom­i­nance over Ger­many s An­drea Petkovic with a 6-3, 6-2 vic­tory in the third round of the WTA Rogers Cup.

Top seed Wil­liams ham­mered 28 win­ners and blasted nine aces to beat the 16th seeded Petkovic for the fifth straight time. Wil­liams, who never faced a break point and held all nine of her ser­vice games in the 62minute match on cen­tre court, barely broke a sweat. The 33year-old Amer­i­can ad­vances to the quar­ter-fi­nals where she will face Roberta Vinci who snapped the mod­est win streak of ris­ing star Daria Gavrilova with a 6-4, 6-3 win. Wil­liams has beaten Vinci in all three of their pre­vi­ous meet­ings, los­ing just 14 games in to­tal.

Sec­ond seed Simona Halep smashed an ace on match point to de­feat red-hot An­gelique Ker­ber 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 and reach the quar­ter-fi­nals. Ker­ber had won seven in a row and was com­ing off her fourth ti­tle of 2015 af­ter win­ning last week s Stan­ford tour­na­ment. Halep served well Thurs­day, es­pe­cially in the third set where she ral­lied from a 3-2 deficit.

Halep held serve to make it three-all and af­ter the two traded breaks to get to four-all she roared home by win­ning the fi­nal two games at love to oust the num­ber 13-seeded Ker­ber. "I think I played bet­ter than yesterday," Halep said. "I feel more con­fi­dent now. My serve didn t work very well, but I re­turned well. So I m re­ally happy that I could win this match. I was fight­ing un­til the end." She ripped an ace out wide to close out the match, which lasted two hours and 23 min­utes. "I knew I had to win it, be­cause at the end I was so tired I couldn t move any­more," Halep said. Await­ing Halep is de­fend­ing cham­pion Ag­nieszka Rad­wan­ska, who ral­lied from 4-2 down in the third set to edge French­woman Al­ize Cor­net 6-2, 4-6, 6-4. In the late match, fifth seeded Ana Ivanovic cruised past qual­i­fier Polona Hercog 6-2, 6-3.

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