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Serena rolls into Rogers Cup quarters

3:55 PM, Aug 8, 2013   |    comments
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Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Two-time champion Serena Williams was an easy third-round winner Thursday at the $2.369 million Rogers Cup tennis event.

The world No. 1 American superstar drubbed 13th-seeded Belgian Kirsten Flipkens 6-0, 6-3 on the hardcourts at Rexall Centre. Flipkens was a surprise Wimbledon semifinalist last month.

Williams captured this Canadian event in 2001 and 2011 and was the runner-up in 2000. The reigning U.S. and French Open champion's quarterfinal opponent on Friday will be hot Slovak Magdalena Rybarikova.

Meanwhile, third-seeded Pole Agnieszka Radwanska took out 14th-seeded American Sloane Stephens 6-1, 7-6 (7-2), fourth-seeded Chinese star Li Na came from behind to beat 16th-seeded former world No. 1 Ana Ivanovic 3-6, 6-1, 7-6 (7-5), and fifth-seeded Italian Sara Errani got past France's Alize Cornet 7-5, 7-6 (7-3). The Serbian Ivanovic captured this event in Montreal in 2006.

The former French Open champion and two-time Australian Open runner-up Li lost to Czech left-hander Petra Kvitova in last year's Rogers Cup finale in Montreal, as this tournament shifts between Toronto and Montreal each year.

An upset came when the surging Rybarikova vanquished seventh-seeded Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli 7-6 (7-5), 1-0, as the French star retired after the first game of the second set.

Rybarikova captured her second straight Washington, D.C., title last week.

The newest Rogers Cup titlist will claim $426,000.

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