No.3 seed Elina Svitolina continued her Rogers Cup title defence as Mihaela Buzarnescu rolled her ankle and was forced to leave the court in a wheelchair trailing 6-3 6-7(5) 4-3. It was a heartbreaking ending to a dramatic match that saw the Romanian, in her most brilliant season of her whole career, move 3-0 up in the decider.
Buzarnescu had already suffered two heavy knee injuries and surgeries, taking a Ph.D. during the process. "I always continued my studies after finishing high school" she said yesterday. "I did my masters degree, then I got injured.
When I did second surgery, I saw everything was really bad, I didn't know that I could be able to play tennis again because I had a pain on my knee over and over. Then my dad did the Ph.D. also. I was aware what was it about, how to deal.
I said that I think I should also start it because I don't know what the future can give me". Sadly prophetic words. According to the information obtained by Romanian tv Digi Sport on the spot later, Buzărnescu has not suffered a fracture.
After being taken to the hospital, there are suspicions that it could be a ligament problem. Svitolina will meet Vika Azarenka or Johanna Konta. Their match was interrupted with the British No.1 leading 63 30 when rain came down forcing organizers to call it a day.
No.3 seed Sloane Stephens moved into third round in the easiest possible way as a tense and fearful Françoise Abanda surrendered to a 6-0 6-2 defeat in her maiden match against a Top 10 opponent. Last year's semifinalist (lost to eventual runner-up Wozniacki) entering play at a career-high No.3 ranking, extended her 11-5 record record on hardcourt this season and maintained her unbeaten run in her last three matches following byes this season.
Competing in doubles play with Bouchard, Stephens posted a 23-9 win-loss record after the first-round loss at Australian Open this season. Stephens will face for the third time Carla Suarez Navarro in her bid to extend her 2-0 head to head record as she beat the Spaniard in Eastbourne and Cincinnati in 2015 in straight-sets.
Anastasia Sevastova recovered from a set and a break down and saved two match points to defeat lucky loser Monica Puig 4-6 7-6(9) 6-1. The Latvian claimed her sixth comeback win of the season and improved her tiebreak record to 4-7 in 2018.
Sevastova awaits No.10 seed Julia Goerges, aiming to clinch a top 10 win after four consecutive defeats. They split the two previous clashes this season, with Sevastova winning in Indian Wells and the German prevailing in Charleston. Goerges leads 5-3 in the series.