The Associated PressMONTREAL (AP) — Alize Cornet of France beat listless-looking Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber 6-4, 6-1 on Wednesday in the second round of the Rogers Cup.
The unseeded Cornet advanced to a third-round meeting with 15th-seeded Ashleigh Barty of Australia, a 7-6 (9-7) 6-2 winner over Belgium’s Alison Van Uytvanck.
Kerber, from Germany wilted in the sticky heat at IGA Stadium in her first match since Wimbledon.
“It is one match, I know I have to learn from it,” the fourth-seeded Kerber said. “I took a few weeks off after Wimbledon so I knew I had to come here, play a lot of matches, and also to get used to the hard courts again.
“Of course, it was not the plan to play just one match, but at the end, this is tennis. Every tournament starts from zero. Now I’ll try to get ready for the next tournament.”
U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens, seeded third, routed local favorite Francoise Abanda 6-0, 6-2.
Maria Sharapova continued her bid to climb back to the top of women’s tennis with a 6-0, 6-2 victory over 12th-seeded Daria Kasatkina.
Sharapova, the former world No. 1 who was ranked 149th a year ago after serving a 15-month doping ban, got a second one-sided win in a row.
“I’ve had all types of matches in my career,” said Sharapova, now No. 22 in the world.
“I’ll take what I can get as long as I’m the one getting a chance to play the next match.”
Unseeded Kiki Bertens is ranked 18th in the world, so it wasn’t much of an upset when she beat ninth-seeded Karolina Pliskova 6-2, 6-2 to advance to a matchup with eighth-seeded Petra Kvitova.
The top eight seeds had gotten a bye to the second round.
Defending champion Elina Svitolina of Ukraine, seeded fifth, led Mihaela Buzarnescu 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 4-3 when the Romanian retired with an ankle injury.
Djokovic, Nadal roll in Toronto
TORONTO (AP) — Four-time champion Novak Djokovic and top-seeded Rafael Nadal advanced to the third round of the rainy Rogers Cup.
Djokovic, coming off his fourth Wimbledon title, beat Canadian wild-card Peter Polansky 6-3, 6-4. The Serb had seven aces and never faced a break point in the 1-hour 25-minute match that just beat the afternoon rain.
Nadal, playing for the first time since a five-set loss to Djokovic in the Wimbledon semifinals, topped France’s Benoit Paire 6-2, 6-3 at night after a series of rain delays.
A former world No. 1, Djokovic is seeded ninth in the event he last won in 2016.
Second-seeded Alexander Zverev of Germany, the winner last week in Washington, beat American Bradley Klahn 6-4, 6-4, and fourth-seeded Kevin Anderson of South Africa edged Russia’s Evgeny Donskoy 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7-0).
Eighth-seeded John Isner, the American who won at Atlanta two weeks ago, beat France’s Pierre-Hugues Herbert 7-6 (7-3), 6-2.
Italy’s Fabio Fognini, the No. 14 seed coming off a victory at Los Cabos, fell out with a 6-3, 7-5 (16-14) loss to Canada’s Denis Shapovalov.