WTA Montreal: Elina Svitolina advances as Mihaela Buzarnescu retires

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WTA Montreal: Elina Svitolina advances as Mihaela Buzarnescu retires

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.