Third-seeded Radwanska defeats Stephens in straight sets at Rogers Cup
Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland serves the ball against Sloane Stephens of the United States during third round women's Rogers Cup tennis action in Toronto on Thursday, August 8, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Published Thursday, August 8, 2013 2:33PM EDT
TORONTO -- Third-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland advanced to the quarter-finals at the Rogers Cup women's tennis tournament on Thursday with a 6-1, 7-6 (2) win over American Sloane Stephens.
Radwanska needed 85 minutes to complete the third-round victory over her 14th-seeded opponent under sunny skies at Rexall Centre.
"I knew it was going to be tough," Radwanska said. "She's a very solid player, very consistent. She's not giving any free points. So lots of good rallies and a quick first set, but then I think she started to play much better."
Fifth-seeded Sara Errani of Italy also needed to win a tiebreaker in the final set to hold off Alize Cornet of France 7-5, 7-6 (3).
Top-seeded Serena Williams of the United States will take on No. 13 Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium later in the afternoon while No. 15 Jelena Jankovic of Serbia will meet Sorana Cirstea.
Defending champion and sixth-seeded Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic will face No. 12 Samantha Stosur of Australia in the feature evening match. It will be followed by a men's exhibition between Bernard Tomic of Australia and Spain's Feliciano Lopez.
Two Canadians are in action in second-round doubles play. Ottawa native Gabriela Dabrowski and Toronto's Sharon Fichman will meet Austria's Sandra Klemenschits and Olga Savchuk of Ukraine.
The US$2.369-million tournament continues through Sunday on the campus of York University.