Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Bencic Continues Strong Run, Halep Tested in Third-Round Play at Rogers Cup

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Bencic Continues Strong Run, Halep Tested in Third-Round Play at Rogers Cup

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Bencic, Halep and Vinci advance at Rogers Cup

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TORONTO - Belinda Bencic leaned against the back wall on the grandstand court at Aviva Centre on Thursday afternoon and tried to forget about her frustration from the previous two hours.

Needing to hold serve to force a tiebreaker and keep her strong run at the Rogers Cup alive, she held a steely gaze as Sabine Lisicki had her wrist taped on the other side of the net. Bencic had already knocked off Caroline Wozniacki and Canada's Eugenie Bouchard this week and wanted her German opponent to be next.

The medical timeout gave Bencic a chance to collect her thoughts. When play resumed, there was no stopping her.

She held serve at love -- capping the game with an ace -- before giving up just three points in the tiebreaker for a 6-1, 1-6, 7-6 (3) victory.

"In that moment actually I really tried to go for it," she said. "I served better and I'm happy that I could play my best in the important moments."

The two players were evenly matched and employed similar styles. Strong ground strokes often set up aggressive winner attempts but both players had their struggles with unforced errors.

Bencic was relentless in the opener before Lisicki returned the favour in the second set.

The rising Swiss star didn't hide her frustration when things didn't go her way. The fiery 20-year-old tossed her racket to the ground on several occasions and at one point, launched a spare ball way up in the air after her serve was broken.

However, Bencic managed to keep her emotions in check when it mattered. She'll next face either fifth-seeded Ana Ivanovic of Serbia or Slovenian qualifier Polona Hercog in the quarter-finals.

"I am like that -- I get frustrated really fast, but I also calm down really fast," Bencic said.

At the same time, second-seeded Simona Halep survived a stiff test against Germany's Angelique Kerber. …

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