Toronto: Barty sets up Muguruza clash
Ash Barty won her fourth match in a row at the WTA Rogers Cup in Toronto, beating 16th seed Elena Vesnina to set up a third-round meeting with Wimbledon champ Garbine Muguruza.
Ashleigh Barty sent 16th-seeded Russian Elena Vesnina crashing out of the Rogers Cup in Toronto in an impressive display on Wednesday.
Barty, ranked 58th in the WTA standings, beat world No.18 Vesnina 6-3 5-7 6-4 in a match that lasted just over two hours.
The 21-year-old Queenslander, who came through two rounds of qualifying to take her place in the main draw, sent down nine aces but had to overcome 12 double faults to progress to the last 16.
Barty will now face Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza for a place in the quarterfinals.
Muguruza tamed Kirsten Flipkens 7-5 6-2 on a blockbuster day that sees eight of the world’s top 10 in action.
The Spanish world No.4, led the day-long parade of top seeds onto court and needed 85 minutes to dispatch the Belgian qualifier before turning the stadium over to newly-minted Czech world No.1 Karolina Pliskova, who made similarly light work of Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.
Despite an unthreatening world ranking of 82, Flipkens represented a tricky first test for Muguruza with the Spaniard holding only a slight 3-2 edge in their head-to-head meetings.
Both players were making their third appearance at the Canadian event with Flipkens having found more success after advancing to the third round in 2013. Muguruza had managed just one match win in her two previous visits.
“It (first set) was tough, Kirsten is such a talented player… I’m very happy that I finally did it,” Muguruza said.
“I tried to reduce the mistakes I made in the first set and I was a little more lucky there, I just wanted it so much.”