Published: Sun, August 12, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Omni Sports: Sharapova storms past Kasatkina as Wimbledon champion Kerber falls

Omni Sports: Sharapova storms past Kasatkina as Wimbledon champion Kerber falls

Sloane Stephens, of the United States, lunges to return to Francoise Abanda, of Canada, during the Rogers Cup women's tennis tournament, Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018, in Montreal.

The third-seeded Stephens had little trouble dispatching the last Canadian left in the singles draw with a 6-0, 6-2 victory on Wednesday. The fact that I closed the set out there was huge for me, because I got more relaxed, and I think she got down.

"I didn't really practice much after". Kasatkina battled hard against the tough Greek who forced her into a third set but ran out of gas to play at the level needed to win. But it wasn't a bad week for the world's 191st-ranked player.

"This year it's my first time playing top 50 players". Just kind of regroup.' I did that.

Kasatkina, 21, managed just three winners in the match.

Stephens was mostly bothered by flies that came out after a short sprinkle of rain. But they're, like, gnats. I felt that everything that was, like, dropping on me was a bug. "I'll take what I can get". As long as I'm the one getting a chance to play the next match.

"But to be able to carry that focus, there are certainly a few up and downs in matches, momentum switches".

Five-time major victor Sharapova leads the head-to-head against Garcia 4-1 but the French player won their only meeting in the last three years on clay in Stuttgart in April.

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Defending champion Elina Svitolina of Ukraine, seeded fifth, led Mihaela Buzarnescu 6-3, 6-7 (5), 4-3 when the Romanian retired because of an ankle injury. Buzarnescu was in great pain as she was attended to on the court before being taken off in a wheelchair.

The fourth-seeded German committed 32 errors to help Cornet reach the third round, where she will face Australia's Ashleigh Barty, who defeated Belgian Alison Van Uytvanck 7-6 (7) 6-2 in her second-round match.

Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber came crashing back to earth after she beat Serena Williams in the grasscourt final last month, falling 6-4 6-1 to Alize Cornet of France.

On the other side of the net, Cornet did well to keep her composure and adjust her tactics to get the win: "My match plan was different today (than in 2017 Beijing, where she also beat Kerber)".

World number one Simona Halep will now play Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the second match on court central followed by second seeded Caroline Wozniacki in her second round match against Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus.

The Russian had a good start to her tournament despite having to play it in two parts. "Now I'll try to get ready for the next tournament". Suarez Navarro will face Stephens.

Cornet had the confidence-boosting start into the match as she comfortably held her serve despite being under some early pressure initially. Sevastova next faces 10th-seeded Julia Goerges.

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