Wozniacki, Kvitova through in Montreal, Azarenka Withdraws with Injury

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Rain delays have disrupted play at the WTA Rogers Cup in Montreal, but several key matches were completed before the skies opened on Friday.  In the Center Court matinee 5th seed Petra Kvitova defeated 9th seed Marion Bartoli handily in just over 1 hour.  Bartoli struggled on her serve from the start, hitting three double faults in the first set and never managed to gain traction against her opponent.  Having never beaten Bartoli, Kvitova fired 5 aces in her 6-1, 6-1 victory over the Frenchwoman.In her second round match, 7th seed Caroline Wozniacki defeated qualifier Kiki Bertens in straight sets.  Both players encountered hiccups early on with Bertens serving at 45% and striking four double faults in the first set.  The players traded a pair of service breaks before the Wozniacki was able to take a 7-5 lead.  The second set saw the former world no. 1 hit her stride. Unthreatened on her serve, Wozniacki went on the offensive to break Berten’s serve twice and win the match 7-5, 6-1.

No. 1 seed and double bronze medalist Victoria Azarenka withdrew from the tournament citing a left knee injury.  Her 2nd round opponent Tamira Paszek of Austria will continue into the 3rd round to play Carla Suarez Navarro. Azarenka is the second big name to withdraw from Montreal.  Suffering from a stomach virus, Maria Sharapova also opted out of the tournament.

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