Naomi Osaka’s quarterfinal meeting with Serena Williams highlights a packed Friday schedule at the Rogers Cup.
WTA Staff
August 9, 2019

ORDER OF PLAY

CENTRE COURT
Play starts at 12:30pm

Sofia KENIN (USA) v Elina SVITOLINA (UKR) [6]

Not before 2pm
Karolina PLISKOVA (CZE) [3] v Bianca ANDREESCU (CAN)

Not before 7pm
Serena WILLIAMS (USA) [8] v Naomi OSAKA (JPN) [2]

[Q] Marie BOUZKOVA (CZE) v Simona HALEP (ROU) [4]

GRANDSTAND
Play starts at 2pm

Kirsten FLIPKENS (BEL) / HSIEH Su-Wei (TPE) [4] v Victoria AZARENKA (BLR) / Ashleigh BARTY (AUS) [6]

Not before 3:30pm
Timea BABOS (HUN) / Anett KONTAVEIT (EST) v Gabriela DABROWSKI (CAN) / XU YIfan (CHN) [2]

MATCH POINTS

No.6 seed Elina Svitolina holds a 1-0 career head-to-head advantage over Sofia Kenin. That was tough three-set victory at Indian Wells earlier this year, when she came from behind to win, 3-6, 7-6(5), 6-4.

The Ukrainian has won all three of her matches against American opponents this year.

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Kenin has a perfect 3-0 record in WTA Tour quarterfinals in 2019. She went on to win the titles in Hobart and Mallorca.

Karolina Pliskova, the WTA World No.3, could potentially reach the top ranking if she were to beat Andreescu. She would also need Naomi Osaka to lose to Serena Williams.

No Canadian woman has ever reached the semifinals of the Rogers Cup. Andreescu, who shocked Kiki Bertens in an epic on Thursday, can change that with a victory over Pliskova.

Having spent eight hours and 16 minutes on court so far this week, Andreescu has played twice as much tennis as any of the other quarterfinalists. Next in that regard is Svitolina, who has played four hours and eight minutes.

Serena’s win over Ekaterina Alexandrova on Thursday saw her tie Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario for the most Rogers Cup wins (32).

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She has lost both of her previous meetings against Osaka, including the 2018 US Open final, but boasts the best career hardcourt match win percentage of any active player on Tour, with 85.8%.

Osaka is seeking her first Top 10 win since she secured three back-to-back to win the Australian Open earlier this year.

Qualifier Marie Bouzkova, the WTA World No.91, is searching for a third straight victory over a Grand Slam champion, having defeated Sloane Stephens and Jelena Ostapenko already this week.

Simona Halep, however, has a perfect 3-0 record against qualifiers in 2019.