Defending champion Elina Svitolina took advantage of her opponent’s injury misfortune to progress into the last 16 at the Rogers Cup on Wednesday.
Svitolina was 4-3 up in the deciding set when Mihaela Buzarnescu went down with an ankle injury that resulted in her leaving the court in a wheelchair.
Romanian Buzarnescu had beaten the Ukrainian fifth seed in their last two meetings, but was unable to complete a hat-trick after fighting back to level the match in the second set tiebreaker.
— Elina Svitolina (@ElinaSvitolina) August 8, 2018
Svitolina will now face the winner of the match between Victoria Azarenka and Johanna Konta. That match was postponed until Thursday because of rain with Konta leading 6-3, 3-0.
Also delayed by rain was top seed Simona Halep, the Roland Garros champion was trailing 4-3 when played was halted for the night.
Meanwhile, US Champion Sloane Stephens also made it through to the next round with an emphatic 6-0, 6-2 win over Canadian wild card Francoise Abanda.
Another comfortable winner was Maria Sharapova, the former world number one a 6-0, 6-2 winner over compatriot Daria Kasatkina.
— Coupe Rogers (@CoupeRogers) August 8, 2018
Sharapova will play France’s Caroline Garcia in the last 16 after she defeated Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia 6-4, 1-6, 3-6.
The surprise of the day came as Wimbledon winner and fourth seed Angelique Kerber was downed 6-4, 6-1 by Alice Cornet of France.
— Alize Cornet (@alizecornet) August 8, 2018
Wednesday’s other results:
C Suarez Navarro def. L Tsurenko (retired) 6-4, 3-2
A Barty (15) def. A Van Uytvanck 7-6(9-7), 6-2
A Sevastova def. M Puig 6-4, 6-7(11-9), 1-6
E Mertens def. S Zhang 6-2, 6-7(7-2), 6-0
K Bertens def. K Pliskova 6-2, 6-2