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By Chris Oddo | Thursday August 10, 2017


Garbiñe Muguruza set a quarterfinal clash with Elina Svitolina in Toronto by edging Ashleigh Barty in three.

Photo Source: Vaughn Ridley/Getty

Garbiñe Muguruza encountered a middle-set speedbump on Thursday night at Toronto but the two-time major champion doubled down and surged past Ashleigh Barty in a deciding set to book a spot in the Rogers Cup quarterfinals, 6-0, 3-6, 6-2.

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This year’s Wimbledon champion improved to 13-4 in three-setters on the season and 34-14 overall by converting seven of nine break point opportunities against the 21-year-old qualifier.

After handing Barty a bagel in a dominant first set, Muguruza was made to go the distance by the woman that defeated her in three sets several weeks ago at Birmingham. But Muguruza rallied after being broken in the first game of the decider and took five of the final six games to clinch the win.

The 23-year-old Spaniard has now won 12 of her last 13 matches and will look forward to a quarterfinal clash with No.5-seeded Elina Svitolina on Friday.

The Ukrainian hammered ninth-seeded Venus Williams 6-2, 6-1 in one hour on Thursday. Svitolina built an early 5-0 lead and never looked back from there against the 37-year-old American legend. Williams couldn’t crack the Svitolina code and poured in 21 unforced errors while striking an uncharacteristically low six winners.

"It was a great privilege to share the court with her and it was even better to beat her and play my game tonight and really stay very solid with my game - so this was very, very good day today,” Svitolina said, according to WTATennis.com.

22-year-old Svitolina improves to 41-9 with the victory—only Caroline Wozniacki (44) has more than her in 2017.

The rest of the quarterfinals in Toronto shape up as follow:


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