Gavrilova loses to Halep in Montreal WTA

Daria Gavrilova has lost to Simona Halep in the second round of the WTA event in Montreal.

World No.5 Halep beat the Australian 6-2 6-3 on Tuesday (Wednesday AEST).

Earlier, Canadian Eugenie Bouchard defeated Lucie Safarova 6-3 3-6 7-6.

Bouchard came back from a 3-1 deficit in the tiebreaker with six straight points, securing victory on Safarova’s 10th double-fault of the match.

World No.42 Bouchard will next face the winner of a match between Dominika Cibulkova and Mariana Duque-Marino.

It did not go so well for Aleksandra Wozniak, another local favorite, who lost 6-4 7-6 (4) to Sara Errani of Italy.

Errani’s next opponent is 14th-seeded Karolina Pliskova, who got past Kateryna Bondarenko 3-6 6-2 7-5.

A match-up of the Madisons looms as 10th-seeded Madison Keys breezed by Elena Visnina 6-4 6-0 and will face fellow American Madison Brengle in the second round.

Lucky loser Christina McHale of the US posted a 6-4 3-0 win over qualifier Shuai Zhang, who retired in the second set.

McHale will next face 16th-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who defeated Yulia Putintseva 6-4 1-6 7-5.

Andrea Petkovic of Germany downed Alize Cornet of France 7-6 (1) 6-3 to advance to a second-round meeting with 12th-seeded Petra Kvitova.

Daria Kasatkina beat Misaki Doi 3-6 6-3 6-1 and will face 13th-seeded Samantha Stosur, while Monica Niculescu beat Jelena Ostapenko 3-6 7-5 6-1 to advance against fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska.

French Open champion and third-seeded Garbine Muguruza withdrew with a digestive illness in another setback for the women’s draw.

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