Sixteen will become eight at the Rogers Cup on Thursday, with five of the top six seeds still going strong in Canada.
WTA Staff
August 8, 2019

ORDER OF PLAY (Play begins at 11am unless otherwise stated)

CENTRE COURT

Karolina PLISKOVA (CZE) [3] v Anett KONTAVEIT (EST) [16]

Not before 12:30pm
Bianca ANDREESCU (CAN) v Kiki BERTENS (NED) [5]

[WC] Svetlana KUZNETSOVA (RUS) v Simona HALEP (ROU) [4]

Not before 7pm
Serena WILLIAMS (USA) [8] v [Q] Ekaterina ALEXANDROVA (RUS)

[Q] Iga SWIATEK (POL) v Naomi OSAKA (JPN) [2]

GRANDSTAND

Sofia KENIN (USA) v Dayana YASTREMSKA (UKR)

Belina BENCIC (SUI) [11] v Elina SVITOLINA (UKR) [6]

Barbora KREJCIKOVA (CZE) / Katerina SINIAKOVA (CE) [1] v Nadia KICHENOK (UKR) / Abigail SPEARS (USA)

Nicole MELICHAR (USA) / Kveta PESCHKE (CZE) [7] v Anna-Lena GROENEFELD (GER) / Demi SCHUURS (NED) [3]

Not before 7pm
[Q] Marie BOUZKOVA (CZE) v Jelena OSTAPENKO (LAT)

COURT 1
Play starts at 12:30pm

After suitable rest
Julia GOERGES (GER) / Karolina PLISKOVA (CZE) v Victoria AZARENKA (BLR) / Ashleigh BARTY (AUS) [6]

After suitable rest
Timea BABOS (HUN) / Anett KONTAVEIT (EST) v Darija JURAK (CRO) / María José MARTÍNEZ SÁNCHEZ (ESP)
 

MATCH POINTS

WTA World No.3 Karolina Pliskova has picked up vicotries in both her previous meetings with Anett Kontaveit but did not have it all her own way when the pair met in Indian Wells earlier this year, coming out on top, 7-6(0), 4-6, 6-2.

Coming into this tournament, Kiki Bertens had won an impressive 73% of her matches on Tour this year, picking up 40 wins and suffering just 15 defeats.

Bianca Andreescu is playing in her first tournament since the French Open, having suffered shoulder problems. The teenager is enjoying a stunning breakthrough year, which has already seen her win on the hard courts of Indian Wells.

Canadian Andreescu has a 23-4 record for 2019.

Simona Halep has a 4-3 winning record in her career against Svetlana Kuznetsova, though it is 2-2 on hard courts. Both of those Halep wins came at the Rogers Cup, including the most recent match between the pair back in 2016.

Serena Williams is chasing her fourth Rogers Cup title, the first of which came back in 2001. The American has since taken the 2011 and 2013 crowns. She has never faced Ekaterina Alexandrova before.

By defeating Caroline Wozniacki, Iga Swiatek claimed her first victory over a Top 15 player in her career. Her only previous experience against a player of that calibre was a 6-1, 6-0 loss to Simona Halep at the French Open, and she faces another former WTA World No.1 in Naomi Osaka on Thursday.

Sofia Kenin has had a week to remember, with her victory over WTA World No.1 Ashleigh Barty her first win over a Top 5 player.

Kenin has won back-to-back matches for the first time since she picked up the title in Mallorca.

Dayana Yastremska is, like opponent Kenin, aiming for her seventh WTA quarterfinal. She has scored notable wins over Johanna Konta and Victoria Azarenka this week.

The pair have met once before, at Wimbledon last month. Yastremska won, 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 in a two-hour spectacular. 

Belinda Bencic has won both her previous matches against Elina Svitolina, including in Dubai earlier this year. Both have been on hard courts but both have been hard-fought three setters.