Cibulkova falls, Kerber advances at Rogers Cup

Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia, the 10th seed at the Rogers Cup, was upended Wednesday by British...

Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia, the 10th seed at the Rogers Cup, was upended Wednesday by British qualifier Heather Watson in second-round action. (QMI AGENCY)

Brian Daly, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:27 PM ET

Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia, the 10th seed at the Rogers Cup, was upended Wednesday by British qualifier Heather Watson in second-round action.

Cibulkova fell 6-2, 6-7 (3), 7-6 (5) to the world's No. 57 player following a dramatic final-set tiebreaker in the day's first match at Uniprix Stadium.

Next door at National Bank Court, Germany's Angelique Kerber easily disposed of 48th-ranked Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia 6-4, 6-1.

Kerber could next face seven-time Grand Slam singles champion Venus Williams in the third round should the American defeat qualifier Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan.

Kerber, the sixth seed, is one of the tournament's favourites along with World No. 1 Serena Williams, second seed Czech Petra Kvitova, Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska and Russia's Maria Sharapova.

In the second afternoon match at Centre Court, Sharapova was down a set and a break and was losing 40-love to Spaniard Garbine Muguruza before taking 12 of the final 13 games to win 4-6, 6-3, 6-1.

Muguruza, a 20-year-old Spaniard, was trying to play giant-killer for a second time this season after shocking Serena Williams at the French Open.

"She played an incredible first set and that was so impressive," said Sharapova, who had a long break coming into the match. "I wanted to get in the match as quickly as I could and that was really my opportunity, I hit a few good shots for myself, maybe a bit of loss of concentration for her and I really stuck it out."

Serena Williams pounded Australian Samantha Stosur 6-0 in the first set of their second match before the first rain of the week delayed their match at 1-1 early in the second.

The rain also stopped the Jelena Jankovic-Sloane Stevens match at 4-4 in the third set.

Other scheduled evening matches included Wimbledon champion Kvitova versus unseeded Casey Dellaqua of Australia.


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