Halep cruises to vic­tory over Jankovic at Rogers

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Sec­ond seed Simona Halep held all 10 of her ser­vice games en route to a 6-3, 6-4 win over for­mer world No. 1 Je­lena Jankovic at the WTA Tour’s Rogers Cup on Wed­nes­day.

Play­ing for the first time since last month’s Wim­ble­don tour­na­ment, Halep fought off all three break points she faced and won 80 per­cent of her first serve points in the 81-minute sec­ond-round match.

“My serve was pretty good to­day,” Halep said. “I tried to be ag­gres­sive and take the ball as soon as pos­si­ble, be­cause I know she has good de­fense. And I tried to keep my first serves in be­cause she re­turns well, too. And I also tried to play her fore­hand more, be­cause she has a very strong back­hand.

“I knew I had to make her run a lot, open the court and fin­ish the points when I could.”

Ro­ma­nia’s Halep ad­vances to the third round where she will face No. 13 seed An­gelique Ker­ber who easily beat qual­i­fier Mon­ica Puig of Puerto Rico 6-2, 6-3.

Halep’s win over Jankovic was much dif­fer­ent than their pre­vi­ous five con­tests which were all close. They played a marathon three set­ter ear­lier this year at In­dian Wells which Halep won 2-6, 7-5, 6-4.

“I feel happy that I could win in two sets. I al­ways played about three hours with her and al­ways had tough matches,” Halep said.

“I had a long break at home, so it was dif­fi­cult to come here and right away face one of the hard­est play­ers in the world, but I just did ev­ery­thing I could to win.”

Two-time Aus­tralian Open win­ner Vic­to­ria Azarenka up­set third seeded Pe­tra Kvi­tova 6-2, 6-3 to reach the third round.

The 26-year-old Azarenka won 64 per­cent of her sec­ond serve points to just 35 per­cent for Kvi­tova in the 88-minute match on cen­ter court.

Fourth seeded Caro­line Woz­ni­acki of Den­mark and Wim­ble­don fi­nal­ist Gar­bine Mugu­ruza were also sent crash­ing out of the event.

The eighth seeded Mugu­ruza lost 7-5, 6-1 to Lesia Tsurenko. The Ukrainian qual­i­fier needed only 77 min­utes to beat the 21-year-old Mugu­ruza who has risen to No. 9 in the world af­ter her run to the fi­nal at Wim­ble­don.

The Spa­niard lost to Ser­ena Wil­liams in the fi­nal af­ter beat­ing four top-15 play­ers at the Al­lEng­land Club.

The top-ranked Wil­liams will play her third-round match Thurs­day night against An­drea Petkovic of Ger­many.

Woz­ni­acki had just one ace and dou­ble faulted three times as she lost 7-5, 7-5 to Swiss Belinda Ben­cic.

Fifth-seeded Ana Ivanovic of Ser­bia and sixth seeded Ag­nieszka Rad­wan­ska also ad­vanced to the third round.

AP

Ana Ivanovic, of Ser­bia, cel­e­brates her vic­tory over Olga Govortsova, of Be­larus, at the WTA Tour’s Rogers Cup ten­nis tour­na­ment in Toronto, Wed­nes­day, Aug. 12.

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