August 12, 2015 / 9:10 PM / 4 years ago

Happy Halep eases into third round of Rogers Cup

TORONTO (Reuters) - Second seed Simona Halep shook off the rust and her Wimbledon disappointment, storming into the third round of the Rogers Cup on Wednesday with a commanding 6-3 6-4 win over former world number one Jelena Jankovic.

Simona Halep of Romania in London, June 30, 2015. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth -

Following a month off since her last competitive match, Halep looked sharp as she opened the North American hardcourt swing by reaching the third round in Canada for the first time.

The 23-year-old Romanian was in complete control on a blustery day, not allowing Jankovic a break chance in the opening set and then saving all three break points in the second.

Halep, winner of three tournaments this season including Indian Wells, broke her veteran Serb opponent to open the second set and that was all she needed to clinch a well-deserved win.

“I’m really happy I could win this match because I expected a tough match,” said Halep, who has reached quarter-finals or better at eight of 11 tournaments this season. “I did a great game today.

“I didn’t play a match since Wimbledon so I am really happy that I can say I played my best game.”

Halep was joined in the third round by fifth seed Ana Ivanovic, a 6-4 7-6(4) winner over Belarusian qualifier Olga Govortsova, but it was otherwise a tough morning for seeds at the Aviva Tennis Centre.

Seventh seeded Czech Lucie Safarova was the big casualty, falling 4-6 7-5 7-5 to Russia’s Daria Gavrilova.

After three consecutive first round exits, Gavrilova has enjoyed a superb run of form on the Canadian hard courts, beating former U.S. Open champion Sam Stosur in the first round before battling past French Open finalist Safarova.

Following Safarova to the exit were eighth seeded Spaniard Garbine Muguruza and Russian Ekaterina Makarova, the 11th seed.

Muguruza, playing her first event since reaching the Wimbledon final, slumped to a 7-5 6-1 loss against Ukrainian qualifier Lesia Tsurenko while Makarova, coming off a run to the semi-final in Washington last week, was tripped up by Slovenian qualifier Polona Hercog 6-2 6-7 (2) 7-5.

Italian 15th seed Sara Errani avoided adding her name to the list of surprises but only saw off American Madison Brengle in three tought sets 6-3 2-6 6-3.

Reporting by Steve Keating in Toronto. Editing by Ian Chadband

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