Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Lepchenko Downs Top Qualifier Rybarikova to Reach Main Draw at Rogers Cup

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Lepchenko Downs Top Qualifier Rybarikova to Reach Main Draw at Rogers Cup

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Lepchenko reaches Rogers Cup main draw

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TORONTO - American Varvara Lepchenko downed top-seeded qualifier Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia 7-5, 6-0 on Sunday to advance to the main draw of the Rogers Cup.

Lepchenko, who defeated Canadian Gabriela Dabrowki in the first round of qualifiers Saturday, won 78 per cent of her break points against Rybarikova.

Lepchenko, ranked 70th in the world, needed one hour 20 minutes to dispatch her 33rd-ranked opponent.

Canadian Carol Zhao lost her second-round qualifier later Sunday. The Richmond Hill, Ont., native was overpowered by opponent Ekaterina Alexandrova's serve in a 6-2, 6-3 defeat.

The 90th ranked Russian fired 10 aces to Zhao's one while breaking the Canadian three times in the first set and once more in the second.

Zhao is ranked 414th in the world. …

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