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Defending Champ Halep Rolls In Toronto QFs; Pliskova v Wozniacki Friday

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Karolina Pliskova speaks to the media before the tournament

Romanian second seed Simona Halep and sixth-seeded former-world No 1 Caroline Wozniacki needed no help reaching the last eight as they steamrollered past overwhelmed opponents.

Pliskova, playing in her first tournament since a shock second round defeat at Wimbledon, had shown some signs of rust in a ragged 6-3 6-3 win over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in her Rogers Cup opener, but looked more like a world number one as she swept four straight games to take the first set from Osaka.

"She played so well, so competitive", Williams said afterwards.

Konta, playing her first match since losing in the Wimbledon semi-finals last month, was beaten 5-7, 7-6 (7/4), 6-3.

It wasn't immediately clear when Osaka suffered the injury.

Osaka did just that, calling for the trainer after dropping serve to open the third set.

'I was just trying to stay in the game, the first game of the third set was very tough I didn't even know she was injured'.

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"I had a little bit [of nerves] before the match, but during the match I felt much better especially at the end", Pliskova said.

"I think some moments (of the match) were OK, but otherwise the serve was not great and overall I was not real happy with my game today". Halep, the current No. 2-ranked player in the world and defending Rogers Cup champion, defeated Slovakia's Magdalena Rybarikova 6-3, 6-4 on Wednesday.

Ninth-seeded American Venus Williams posted a 7-5, 7-5 victory over Czech Katerina Siniakova, and 10th-seeded Pole Agnieszka Radwanska had an easy time of it in a 6-0, 6-1 win over Timea Babos of Hungary.

The slip, however, only delayed the inevitable, the Dane closing out the match at the next opportunity with a stinging forehand victor.

Garcia ended the run of 18-year-old American CiCi Bellis with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over the American.

Fourth seed Garbine Muguruza dispatched Ashleigh Barty of Australia 6-0 3-6 6-2 at their centre court meeting. Two-time champion Agnieszka Radwanska will be returning to the Japanese capital, with Wimbledon semifinalist Johanna Konta and reigning US Open champion and former world number one Angelique Kerber also set to be in action, alongside two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova and WTA Finals champion Dominika Cibulkova.

Halep will now play France's Caroline Garcia, who ended the run of Catherine Bellis, beating the American 6-4 6-2, while Czech Lucie Safrova overcame Johanna Konta's second-round conqueror Ekaterina Makarova of Russian Federation 6-3 6-7 (3/7) 6-2.

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