Rogers Cup: Simona Halep beats Pavlyuchenkova and Venus on the same day

Aug 11, 2018, 10:00 IST | AFP

Top seed Simona Halep took no prisoners against Venus Williams, smashing past the American 6-2, 6-2 in just 71 minutes to reach the quarter-finals

Rogers Cup: Simona Halep beats Pavlyuchenkova and Venus on the same day
Romania's Simona Halep celebrates her win over Venus Williams in the pre-quarterfinals of the Rogers Cup on Thursday. Pic/AFP

World No. 1 Simona Halep crushed seven time Grand Slam-winner Venus Williams in straight sets on Thursday at the WTA Montreal event just hours after a delivering a marathon three-hour victory over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

Top seed Halep took no prisoners against Williams, blitzing the American 6-2, 6-2 in just 71 minutes to reach the quarter-finals. Halep's match against Pavlyuchenkova was originally scheduled for Wednesday, but rains forced organisers to postpone it until Thursday morning.

The Romanian needed three gruelling sets to oust the World No. 28 Russian, but had a much easier time against veteran Williams who has yet to win a title in 2018.
Williams has struggled with her form this year and hasn't won a Grand Slam title since Wimbledon in 2008 when she beat sister Serena in the final.

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