Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Two-time winner Serena Williams was a
straight-set winner second-round winner Wednesday at the $2.369 million Rogers
Williams ousted Italy's Francesca Schiavone 6-3, 6-2. Williams captured this
event in 2001 and 2011 and was the runner-up in 2000.
Last year's runner-up Li Na and Petra Kvitova were easy second-round winners
The fourth-seeded Chinese star handled Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-1,
6-4 on the hardcourts at Rexall Centre. The former French Open champion and
two-time Australian Open runner-up won following a lengthy rain delay on Day
Li lost to Kvitova in last year's Rogers Cup finale in Montreal, as this
tournament shifts between Toronto and Montreal each year.
The Czech slugger Kvitova downed Eugenie Bouchard, 6-3, 6-2.
Australian Samantha Sotosure, who was the was the Toronto runner-up two years
ago and last week's titlist in Carlsbad ousted Spain's Calra Suarez Navarro,
1-6, 6-2, 6-3 and The former world No. 1 Ana Ivanovic defeated Anastasia
Pavlyuchenkova 6-1, 6-4. Ivanovic was the champion in Toronto in 2006.
Ninth seed Caroline Wozniacki fell to Sorana Cirstea in three sets, 5-7, 7-6,
6-4. Wozniacki was the Rogers Cup titlist in 2010
Meanwhile, fifth-seeded gritty Italian Sara Errani reached the round of 16
with a 6-2, 7-6 (7-2) victory over Czech veteran Klara Zakopalova and
seventh-seeded Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli landed in the win column by
drilling American qualifier Lauren Davis, 6-0, 6-3. The French star Bartoli
will face hot Slovak Magdalena Rybarikova on Thursday.
In other action involving seeds, No. 10 Roberta Vinci of Italy erased Russian
Ekaterina Makarova 6-0, 6-4, France's Alize Cornet upended No. 11 Russian
Maria Kirilenko 7-5, 7-5, No. 14 American Sloane Stephens held off German
Mona Barthel 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, and No. 15 Serb Jelena Jankovic topped Canadian
wild card Sharon Fichman 6-4, 7-6 (8-6). The former world No. 1 Jankovic was
the Toronto runner-up back in 2007.
Also on Day 3, Rybarikova dismissed American Varvara Lepchenko 6-4, 6-2.
Rybarikova captured her second straight Washington, D.C., title last week.
The newest Rogers Cup titlist will claim $426,000.
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