Konta wins interrupted match to reach Rogers Cup third round

Johanna Konta

British number one Johanna Konta moved into the Rogers Cup third round by beating two-time Grand Slam champion Victoria Azarenka in a match that was halted by rain on Wednesday.

Konta led 6-3 3-0 when play was stopped in Montreal, and completed a comfortable victory on Thursday.

The 27-year-old went on to win 6-3 6-1 after immediately breaking Azarenka’s serve once play was resumed.

She will now face world number five Elina Svitolina later on Thursday.

Konta, the world number 43, had broken Belarusian Azarenka in the seventh game and again in the ninth, to take the opening set in 40 minutes.

Former world number one Azarenka, 29, who is returning after having a son, was broken early in the second, before the match was stopped.

And after the restart she was broken once more, with Konta able to take full advantage and seal a convincing win over the world number 110, although Azarenka did force three break points in the final game of the match.

Ukrainian Svitolina reached the third round when her Romanian opponent Mihaela Buzarnescu retired from their match on Tuesday with the scores at 6-3 6-7 (5-7) 4-3.

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Kerber beaten in first match since winning Wimbledon

Alize Cornet

Angelique Kerber’s first match since she won Wimbledon ended in a 6-4 6-1 defeat by France’s Alize Cornet at the Rogers Cup in Montreal.

World number four Kerber, 30, who beat Serena Williams to claim her third Grand Slam title, made 32 unforced errors in the second-round match.

Cornet, ranked 30 places below German Kerber, won in 85 minutes.

Maria Sharapova hit 25 winners as she thrashed fellow Russian Daria Kasatkina 6-0 6-2 to reach the third round.

The five-time Slam champion, 31, needed an hour 16 minutes to see off 21-year-old Kasatkina, who is considered one of the rising stars of the women’s game and ranked 12th in the world.

Kasatkina managed only three winners as former world number one Sharapova overpowered her in a performance which showed her credentials before the US Open this month.

“I came on court having a lot of respect for my opponent because she’s up and coming but has already established herself,” world number 22 Sharapova said.

“I knew I had a tough match ahead of me. I was focused from the beginning and I finished it that way.”

British number one Johanna Konta plays Belarusian two-time Grand Slam winner Victoria Azarenka in the second round later on Wednesday.

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Serena Williams says motherhood struggles led to Rogers Cup withdrawal

Serena Williams' Instagram post

Serena Williams says she pulled out of this week’s Rogers Cup in Canada after feeling like she was “in a funk” and “not a good mom”.

The American 23-time Grand Slam singles champion initially withdrew from the tournament citing “personal reasons”.

Williams, 36, returned to tennis earlier this year after giving birth in September 2017.

She reached the Wimbledon final in July but last week suffered the heaviest defeat of her career.

Williams’ 6-1 6-0 loss to Britain’s Johanna Konta at the Silicon Valley Classic event was the first time since turning professional in 1995 that she had failed to win at least two games in a match.

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