Serena Williams and Agnieszka Radwanska advance to Toronto QFs

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The 2013 edition of the Premier Level Rogers Cup is being played in Toronto this week. The round of 16 got started on Thursday morning with 3rd seeded Pole Agnieszka Radwanska taking on the American 14th seed, Sloane Stephens ion the top half of the draw. After a bye in the first round, the Pole then took out Yanina Wickmayer for the loss of just five games. Stephens defeated Kristina Mladenovic in straights in the first round, had a real battle to fend off Mona Barthel in three sets before taking on Radwanska. Going into this match the Pole lead the head to head stat 2-0 with both wins on hard courts in the US. Radwanska sailed through the first set 6-1 but then Stephens came alive and took the second set all the way to a breaker, which Radwanska won 7-2.

In the second match 5th seeded Italian Sara Errani took on 30th ranked Frenchwoman, Alize Cornet. Errani had a first round bye followed by a second round straight sets win in which the second set went to a breaker. In the third round both sets were closely fought, with Errani taking the first 7-5 and Cornet forcing a breaker in the second, which the Italian took 7-3 to progress to the quarters.

In the bottom half of the draw 16th seed Ana Ivanovic played Na Li, the 4th seed. These players last met in 2006, a match that Li won on clay. Ivanovic lost just eleven games in her first two rounds, while Li had a first round bye followed by a straight sets win where she lost just five games. Ivanovic took the first set 6-3, lost the second 1-6 and led 5-3 in the decider before Li took the set to a breaker which she won 7-5.

Top seed Serena Williams was up against 13th seeded Belgian, Kirsten Flipkens. Williams had a bye and then defeated Francesca Schiavone with the loss of just five games. Flipkens beat Serena’s sister, Venus, in three sets in the first round and went to three sets in her second round match. With the help of great serving and ten aces, Serena took the first set to love and the second 6-3 in in a match that lasted just 56 minutes.

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