Published: Fri, May 11, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Shapovalov beats Raonic in all-Canadian third-round matchup at Madrid Open

Shapovalov beats Raonic in all-Canadian third-round matchup at Madrid Open

BC-TEN-Madrid Open, 2nd Ld-Writethru, 423 Top-ranked Halep, Sharapova both lose in Madrid quartersAP Photo FS105, PW104, FS102Eds: Updates with Sharapova loss, Halep quotes, other results; edits headline.

The five-time Grand Slam champion had reached only the second quarter-final of the year but was unable to build on winning the opening set as the Dutch world No 20, a victor already on the clay in Charleston, held her nerve in the deciding set.

Karolina Pliskova turned on the style to end Simona Halep's dominant run at the Madrid Open with a 6-4 6-3 quarter-final victory on Thursday.

An honest Pliskova said she was eager to avoid facing Halep after their last meeting in the last eight of the Australian Open, which the Romanian won to improve her record to six wins and one defeat against the world number six. "I feel awesome since in the last six matches I lost to her".

"I think I played well again", Halep said. Pliskova saw a couple of set points come and go on Halep's serve in game nine, but served out to love at the next opportunity. "Tomorrow is a key match in the tournament". I missed in some important moments. "I'm not upset. I'm not looking in a negative way".

Coric was leading 5-2 in the second set when heavy rain interrupted play at Caja Magica, and after a 40 minute delay he returned to complete his 16th match win of the season. But yesterday against Julia, I had to play a little bit better. "So I take the positives".

Halep will next face Krystyna's twin sister Karolina Pliskova, who raced past American Sloane Stephens 6-2, 6-3.

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World No. 1 Simona Halep trounced an out of sorts Elise Mertens to reach the third round of the Madrid Open on Tuesday and stay on course for her third consecutive title at the event.

World number two Caroline Wozniacki was sent packing from the third round while third-ranked Garbine Muguruza followed her swiftly out the exit door.

The Russian former world number one has shown only flashes of the play that has earned her five grand slam titles since returning from a doping ban previous year.

With the score tied at 8-8 in the second-set tiebreak, Kvitova secured a match point with an ace, before sealing victory with a powerful forehand.

The Dutchwoman's reward for a hard-fought 4-6 6-2 6-3 victory after more than two hours on court is a last-four encounter against seventh seed Caroline Garcia, who breezed past Carla Suarez-Navarro 6-2 6-3.

Lajovic moved on to meet sixth-seeded Kevin Anderson, who advanced to the quarterfinals after eliminating Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 7-6 (7).

Kyle Edmund continued his excellent run by ousting eighth-seeded David Goffin 6-4, 6-4.

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