Rogers Cup Toronto Day 2 Roundup: Strycova survives breakfest, Wozniacki notches first win in Toronto

The timezone in Canada is not ideal for me so the roundup will start with the matches I have watched live.

So I woke up in the morning to get treated to a dramafest, provided by the two most dramatic players on tour, Barbora Strycova and Daria Gavrilova. It seemed like it was going Gavrilova’s way after the Australian raced out to a set and a 4-1 lead in the second set. Then this happened:

Gavrilova then took a medical-timeout in what seemed like an injury on the leg. The ebbs and flows of the match continued as the breaks continued but Strycova got the crucial hold and won. The unforced error stat was… not kind. Gavrilova also produced 11 double faults and some of them were just unbelievably bad! Still it’s a good win for Strycova and she will have to recover from the match quickly as she has doubles to play tomorrow.

Caroline Wozniacki notched her first ever win in Toronto(!) over qualifier Ekaterina Alexandrova, 6-3 6-0. Alexandrova was making way too many unforced errors throughout the course of the match and solid Wozniacki, who wasn’t going for too much, served it out for the bagel set.

Wozniacki faces the winner of Agnieszka Radwanska and Timea Babos. Radwanska played an unspectacular but solid match against CoCo Vandeweghe, while Babos ended a nine-match losing streak by ending the hopes of Canadian wildcard Bianca Andreescu.

There are no more Canadian players in the draw after Eugenie Bouchard’s woes continued, crashing out to Donna Vekic in straights. Vekic next plays Angelique Kerber and a preview is out for the match.

Matches that I didn’t get a glimpse at all were…

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova’s complete domination over Alize Cornet in less than an hour. Cornet did not hold her serve a single time throughout the match! Pavlyuchenkova plays World No.1 Karolina Pliskova next and hopefully a preview of that will come soon.

Oceane Dodin retired 0-5 down to Ashleigh Barty, seemingly leaving the court in tears!

Catherine Bellis secured a 4-6 6-3 6-2 win over Julia Goerges. It was impressive after Goerges trashed the American in Mallorca, but Goerges was probably fatigued coming from a final in Washington two days ago.

Magdalena Rybarikova recovered from 1-5 down in the first set to win the next 12 games of the match against Mirjana Lucic-Baroni!

Lastly, Caroline Garcia and Ekaterina Makarova claimed wins over Sorana Cirstea and Peng Shuai respectively.

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