Rogers Cup: Simona Halep pulls double duty to reach quarter-finals

The forecast for Friday calls for a sunny day and that’s good news for the organizers of the Rogers Cup Canadian Open women’s tennis championships.

For the second consecutive night, rain threatened to wipe out play, but the light drizzle stopped in time for top-seed Simona Halep to claim the final spot in the quarterfinals.

Halep defeated 13th-seeded Venus Williams, who provided only token opposition after suffering a left leg injury in the fourth game of the first set. It was clear that Williams couldn’t put any force behind her serve  and Halep cruised to a 6-2, 6-2 win.

Both players had to play earlier in the day to make up for second-round matches that were rained out Wednesday night. Halep outlasted Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia 7-6 (9), 4-6, 7-5 in a match that lasted three hours and eight minute over two days. Pavlyuchenkova had a 4-3 lead Wednesday when the match was…

Original published: 2018-08-10 02:59:39 Read the full Montreal News here

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