Svitolina grounds Konta to keep title defense on course

Mihaela Buzarnescu serves to Elina Svitolina

Defending Rogers Cup champion Elina Svitolina, the fifth seed, progressed after Mihaela Buzarnescu was forced to retire through injury.

The British No 1 had completed a rain-interrupted second-round clash with Victoria Azarenka earlier in the day, but could not continue her momentum in the third round.

Buzarnescu was taken from the court on a wheelchair after a painful fall during a second round loss to Elina Svitolina on Wednesday. Ukraine's Svitolina, the world number five, took 85 minutes to move into the quarter-finals.

A place in the Coupe Rogers semi-final, Svitolina will play with the victor of the confrontation between the Belgian Elise Mertens and best paired Caroline Wozniacki (Denmark) - Arina Sobolenko (Belarus).

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US Open champion Sloane Stephens beat Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro 6-2 7-5 to book her spot in the quarter-finals, where she will face Latvia's Anastasija Sevastova, a 6-3 7-6 (7-2) victor over German 10th seed Julia Goerges.

Ranked 28th in the world, Pavlyuchenkova aced twice and broke her opponent's serve twice, although Halep returned the favour with two breaks of her own.

In the match against Svitolina Contoy filed 4 aces, made 3 double faults, scored 4 of the 7 break points and won 72% of the drawings on the first pass.

Maria Sharapova also beat the odds in emphatic style with a 6-0 6-2 win over number 12 seed Daria Kasatkina.

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