Thursday at the Rogers Cup in Pictures
By Mike McIntyre
Eight women made their way into the quarter-finals of the Rogers Cup in Toronto today. Here's a look at some of the highlights as we head into the final three days of action.
3rd seed Agnieszka Radwanska was up against 14th seed Sloane Stephens in the opening match of the day
Check out the intensity in those eyes!
Radwanska was more consistent however and would prevail 6-1, 7-6.
Kristina Mladenovic was on the practice courts with Jamie Hampton despite being knocked out of the event in the first round. Mladenovic won the mixed doubles at Wimbledon this year with Canadian Daniel Nestor.
Cooling off was key for players today as it was the hottest day of the event so far.
The Williams sisters practicing side-by-side. Venus was ousted by Kirsten Flipkens while Serena was set to play the Belgian later today to try and exact some family revenge.
Venus checking her text messages (?) on a break.
Serena working on her serve.
Serena's long time hitting partner Aleksandar "Sascha" Bajin
Stretching is key, especially when you've been off the tour for over two months with a back injury.
Venus' hitting partner wasn't quite as jacked as Serena's, but he got the job done.
Poor Daniel Nestor. Two hours before the end of the auction and still no bids to hit with one of the greatest doubles players of all time.
Looks like Milos Raonic's big win over Juan Martin Del Potro went straight to his head!
5th seed Sara Errani of Italy does whatever she can to win her match against Alize Cornet, which she does 7-5, 7-6.
I hate when this happens!
Errani freaked out on Cornet at 5-5 in the 2nd set asking, "You always say 'allez', but now you say 'vamos'. Why you say 'vamos'?" Cornet replied, "I always say 'vamos'!"
Dominika Cibulkova stretching after her morning hit.
After Vasek Pospisil, the 2nd best smile of the day.
Daniela Hantuchova practicing ahead of her doubles match
Martina Hingis working on her overhead smash
Potentially the professional tennis player with the most amount of fans. Li Na is absolutely huge in China. She took on Ana Ivanovic on Thursday.
Ivanovic would let a 5-2 third set lead slip and fall to her opponent 3-6, 6-1, 7-6(5).
Wimbledon champ Marion Bartoli did not bring enough racquets to her match. Had to actually ask her opponent Magdalena Rybarikova if she could borrow hers for a game! Rybarikova was all class and allowed it. She also won the match when Bartoli withdrew due to an ab injury.
Mladenovic is good friends with Bartoli and this was her reaction courtside after she encouraged Bartoli to challenge one of her opponent's shots that was called in. The replay showed that it was in fact out. Nice to have friends, eh?
Serena Williams destroyed Kirsten Flipkens 6-0, 6-3 avenging her sister Venus' loss to the Belgian from earlier in the week. Williams hit the practice court after the match as she said she was not happy with her own return game.
Jelena Jankovic sarcastically reacts to a fan's comments (in Serbian) after losing a point to Sorana Cirstea of Romania.
Cirstea, who beat Caroline Wozniacki in 2hrs 56 minutes the night before, gets another huge win. This time 6-3, 6-4 over Jankovic.
Serena Williams in press. The black purse at her feet is actually carrying her dog Chip. No joke.
Dominika Cibulkova celebrates defeating higher ranked Roberta Vinci for a spot in the quarter-finals.
Hingis and Hantuchova would lose their second round doubles match for the second tournament in a row of Hingis' comeback. The pair is gearing up for the U.S. Open.
In the final match of the night, vet Samantha Stosur (one of the fittest players on tour) fell to Petra Kvitova 6-3, 6-3.
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