Rogers Cup Toronto 2017 Day 4 Roundup: Stephens into first QF since comeback, top seeds avoid upsets

The quarterfinal line-up of the Rogers Cup in Toronto is out after a day of intriguing matches and upsets. Read on to find out what happened on day four…

It wasn’t vintage Karolina Pliskova by all means but she eventually got past Naomi Osaka with a scoreline of 6-2, 6-7(4) 1-0 ret. The pair held their own serves throughout the second set but after it Osaka revealed to her coach that she was struggling with an abdominal injury. She eventually retired then came out with one of the quotes of the year, “I can’t serve weak against you.”

Here are Pliskova’s stats and she will need to improve when she faces Caroline Wozniacki tomorrow. A preview of that is already out on the blog…


Talking about Wozniacki, the Dane claimed a simple, straight sets win over good friend Agnieszka Radwanska who was hitting short and soft all day. Interesting stat – Wozniacki has won back-to-back matches in every tournament except of three – all on her least preferred surface on clay.

If the stats are correct (it hasn’t been correct most of the time this week) it means that Lucie Safarova and Ekaterina Makarova played a wonderful match! Makarova recovered from 2-5 down in the second set to take it but there was no comeback in the third. Safarova served 12 aces and committed 43 winners to 18 unforced errors!

Safarova will play Sloane Stephens who has won three matches in a tournament for the first time since Charleston in 2016. The American, currently ranked No.957, will move up to No.327 after her win over Angelique Kerber and can climb up even further with more wins. Stephens took advantage of some sloppy play from Kerber and claimed her win in just 58 minutes.

In the bottom quarter of the draw, Simona Halep and Caroline Garcia will face each other for the second time in their careers as they eased past Barbora Strycova and Catherine Bellis respectively.

Elina Svitolina took out Venus Williams 6-2, 6-1 in exactly an hour on Centre court. The Ukranian had a great serving day, winning 71% of first serve points and was also helped by Williams’ serving woes. The American only won 45% of first serve points and 30% of second serve points. Venus’ isn’t looking great physically and I wonder if she’ll take a break from Cincinnati…

Lastly, Garbine Muguruza secured a topsy-turvy win against Ashleigh Barty in a classic WTA scoreline, 6-0 3-6 6-2. Muguruza-Svitolina’s shaping up to be a great one and I’ll definitely wake up early to catch that one…

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