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By Chris Oddo | Thursday August 10, 2017

So far, so good for the top two seeds at the Rogers Cup in Toronto.

Top-seeded Karolina Pliskova and No.2-seeded Simona Halep each moved through to the quarterfinals on Thursday, setting the stage for what should be a very intriguing weekend.

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Halep blasted past Barbora Strycova, 6-1, 6-0, converting her fourth match point to clinch a commanding victory. Halep has now won all eight sets she has played against Strycova, and needed just 58 minutes to power past the Czech on Thursday. The Romanian’s victory sets a quarterfinal with France’s Caroline Garcia.

Garcia ended the run of 18-year-old American CiCi Bellis with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over the American.

Pliskova, playing her first event as World No.1, hammered 12 aces and escaped with victory when Japan’s Naomi Osaka was forced to retire with an abdominal injury.

The Czech’s 6-2, 6-7(4) 1-0 victory sets up a quarterfinal with Caroline Wozniacki. The No.6-seeded Dane pummeled Agnieszka Radwanska, 6-3, 6-1. She has lost two finals against Pliskova in 2017 and taken their other meeting this year in the Miami semifinals. Wozniacki holds the 4-2 lifetime edge over Pliskova but Pliskova has taken three of the last four.

Stephens Stuns Kerber

In early evening action, former World No.11 Sloane Stephens stunned Angelique Kerber, 6-2, 6-2 to book a quarterfinal date with Lucie Safarova.

Stephens upended Petra Kvitova on Wednesday in Toronto. The American is playing just her third event after missing a year due to a foot injury.


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