Ons Jabeur weathered rain delays and defending champion Bianca Andreescu to stun the home favorite 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-1 in the third round of the Canadian Masters in Montreal.
Jabeur continued her best season rolling in the final set.
“I wanted to move her to see what kind of pain she was feeling. I was trying to make her move a lot to see if it’s really affecting her,” Jabeur said.
“I think she got tired a little bit. I can see that from the second set. It’s completely normal. Honestly, I didn’t focus a lot of what she was having. I was more focusing on myself, of what I should do. I really focused on returning better, serving better. It helped me a lot in the third set.”
Andreescu injured her left foot in the second set. She wiped away the tears but for the 21-year-old, injuries are a constant concern.
“I first have to realize it’s just a game of tennis,” Andreescu said after. “I’m only 21. I won this tournament before. I know I could have won this tournament again. But sometimes shit happens and you basically have to move on. That’s life.
“Like I’m healthy. This whole toe situation is whatever, but at least like I didn’t sprain an ankle or anything like that. I just want to look at the positive. It’s really hard now ’cause I haven’t been playing much this year, haven’t been winning as much as I wanted to this year. There’s just so many things that are happening that’s super sad.
“I know that I’m going to bounce back.”
Jabeur will now take on the powerful Jessica Pegula who put a stop to Danielle Collins’s 12-match win streak beating her countyrwoman on her 6th match point 6-4, 3-6, 7-5.
“I’m really excited to get the win. Danielle has been playing amazing tennis and you could see why,” said Pegula. “Even when I was up she was still out there fighting and competing and trying to figure it out.”
2012 champion Petra Kvitova was eliminated by Camila Giorgi 6-4, 6-4. Coco Gauff will be next for the Italian. The 17-year-old Gauff advanced by walkover over Johanna Konta whose left knee wasn’t fit for the challenge. Gauff has played just five games in her last two rounds.
Karolina Pliskova lost a 5-2 second set lead but eventually prevailed over American Amanda Anisimova 6-1, 7-6(8). She’ll now face the battling Sara Sorribes Tormo who knocked out Katerina Siniakova in three sets.
Top seed Aryna Sabalenka dominated Canadian hope Rebecca Marino 6-1, 6-3. It was the Belarussian’s best match of the week. And she’ll need to be in form for her quarterfinal against countrywoman Victoria Azarenka who eased past Maria Sakkari 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(2) in a war.
Azarenka came from 2-0 down in the first and 4-2 down in the third.
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