Canada’s Francoise Abanda can’t handle Sloane Stephens at Rogers Cup


There aren’t any Canadians left in ladies’s Rogers Cup singles play.

U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens made quick work of native favorite Francoise Abanda 6-0, 6-2 within the second spherical on Wednesday.

After first-round losses by Eugenie Bouchard of Montreal and Carol Zhao of Richmond Hill, Ont., Abanda was the final Canadian standing. However the 191st-ranked Abanda, who obtained a wild card entry when Bianca Andreescu of Mississauga, Ont., withdrew with an damage, proved no match for Stephens.

The 25-year-old American, seeded third, dominated from her opening-game service break, working Abanda backward and forward and slamming in winners. Cheers arouse from the centre court docket crowd at IGA Stadium when Abanda held her serve early within the second set, however Stephens closed out the match in a single hour 20 minutes.

Sharapova continues climb

Maria Sharapova continued her bid to climb again to the highest of ladies’s tennis with a 6-0, 6-2 victory over 12th-seeded Daria Kasatkina.

Sharapova, the previous world No. 1 who was ranked 149th a 12 months in the past after serving a 15-month doping ban, posted a second one-sided win in a row after a 6-1, 6-2 defeat of qualifier Sesil Karatantcheva within the opening spherical.

“I’ve had all sorts of matches in my profession,” mentioned Sharapova, who has climbed again to 22nd on the earth. “I will take what I can get. So long as I am the one getting an opportunity to play the subsequent match. I believe that is what I actually care about.

“However to have the ability to carry that focus, there are definitely a number of up and downs in matches, momentum switches. That’s from one perspective what makes the game thrilling, but in addition as a participant, makes it very difficult.”

The Russian will face fifth-seeded Caroline Garcia of France within the third spherical. Sharapova is 4-1 in earlier conferences, however Garcia gained their final one this 12 months in Stuttgart.

Kerber upet by Cornet

Alize Cornet of France defeated off-form Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber 6-4, 6-1 to advance to a 3rd spherical assembly with 15th-seeded Ashleigh Barty of Australia, who downed Belgian Alison Van Uytvanck 7-6 (7) 6-2.

Kerber leads her all-time sequence with Cornet 3-2, however the Frenchwoman has gained each of their conferences on exhausting courts. Cornet’s final win over a participant ranked within the top-5 on the earth was additionally a tough court docket win over Kerber in Beijing in 2017.

Kerber led the WTA Tour in exhausting court docket wins this 12 months with 21, however she wilted within the sticky warmth at IGA Stadium in her first match since her Wimbledon triumph.

“It’s one match, I do know I’ve to be taught from it,” mentioned fourth-seeded Kerber. “I took a number of weeks off after Wimbledon so I knew I needed to come right here, play a whole lot of matches, and likewise to get used to the exhausting courts once more.

“After all, it was not the plan to play only one match however, at the top, that is tennis. Each match begins from zero. Now I will attempt to prepare for the subsequent match.”

The highest eight seeds obtained a bye to the second spherical.



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