National Bank Open 2021: Coco Gauff Advances; Full Wednesday Scores and Results

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVAugust 12, 2021

MONTREAL, QC - AUGUST 10:  Cori Gauff of the United States prepares to hit a return during her Women's Singles match against Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia on Day Two of the National Bank Open presented by Rogers at IGA Stadium on August 10, 2021 in Montreal, Canada.  (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)
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The National Bank Open held its second day of Round of 32 action Wednesday, with some of the top seeds in the tournament taking the court. 

Below, we'll break down the scores and top highlights from the day in Toronto and Montreal.

Men's Scores

No. 4 Andrey Rublev def. Fabio Fognini, 7-6 (4), 6-3

Frances Tiafoe def. No. 5 Denis Shapovalov, 6-1, 6-4

No. 7 Hubert Hurkacz def. Kei Nishikori (walkover)

No. 8 Diego Schwartzman def. Benoit Paire, 7-5, 6-1

Dusan Lajovic def. No. 9 Felix Auger-Aliassime, 7-5, 6-4

No. 10 Roberto Bautista Agut def. Tommy Paul, 6-3, 6-4

No. 11 Gael Monfils def. John Millman, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4

Nikoloz Basilashvili def. No. 12 Alex de Minaur, 6-1, 6-1

John Isner def. No. 13 Cristian Garin, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4

Karen Khachanov def. No. 15 Aslan Karatsev, 7-6 (7), 6-4

James Duckworth def. No. 16 Jannik Sinner, 6-3, 6-4

Lloyd Harris def. Feliciano Lopez, 6-2, 6-3

Women's Scores

No. 1 Aryna Sabalenka def. Sloane Stephens, 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-4

Johanna Konta def. No. 3 Elina Svitolina, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2

No. 4 Karolina Pliskova def. Donna Vekic, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (2)

Danielle Collins def. No. 6 Simona Halep, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4

Jessica Pegula def. No. 10 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, 1-6, 6-3, 6-2

No. 11 Maria Sakkari def. Veronika Kudermetova, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4

No. 13 Ons Jabeur def. Daria Kasatkina, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4

No. 15 Coco Gauff def. Anastasia Potapova (walkover)

Camila Giorgi def. Nadia Podoroska, 6-2, 6-4

Amanda Anisimova def. Oceane Dodin, 6-3, 6-3

Sara Sorribes Tormo def. Ludmilla Samsonova, 6-4, 6-3

Rebecca Marino def. Paula Badosa, 1-6, 7-5, 6-4


The top story of the day was Svitolina, fresh off of winning a bronze medal in the Tokyo Olympics, falling in the second round of play on Wednesday to Konta. 

wta @WTA

Konta Komeback πŸ‘Š<a href="https://twitter.com/JohannaKonta?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@JohannaKonta</a> takes out the No.3 seed Svitolina and grabs her first win over her as well!<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/OBN21?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#OBN21</a> <a href="https://t.co/SBHWLBZYiE">pic.twitter.com/SBHWLBZYiE</a>

Konta, who had never beaten Svitolina, missed Wimbledon after a member of her team tested positive for COVID-19, and the Olympics after she tested positive herself.  But she returned with a bang, knocking out one of the tournament's favorites. 

As for the American women in action Wednesday, Gauff advanced with a walkover, while Stephens wasn't able to get past the top-seed Sabalenka. The win didn't come easy for Sabalenka, who had to overcome a 4-1 deficit in the third set to pull off the comeback victory. 

wta @WTA

Perseverance πŸ’ͺ <br><br>A topsy-turvy match point to close out a thrilling match already! <a href="https://twitter.com/SabalenkaA?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@SabalenkaA</a> takes it in three πŸ‘ <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/OBN21?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#OBN21</a> <a href="https://t.co/auXq84QUbO">pic.twitter.com/auXq84QUbO</a>

Sabalenka's strategic choice to rush the net paid dividends:

wta @WTA

A popcorn exchange at the net 🍿<a href="https://twitter.com/SabalenkaA?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@SabalenkaA</a> | <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/OBN21?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#OBN21</a> <a href="https://t.co/iLHeLwurHe">pic.twitter.com/iLHeLwurHe</a>

On the men's side, Shapovalov's loss made him one of two top-10 seeds to fall on the day. 

It was an impressive win from Tiafoe, snapping a losing streak against Shapovalov:

Tennis TV @TennisTV

Tiafoe's time ⏰<a href="https://twitter.com/FTiafoe?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@FTiafoe</a> snaps his four-match losing streak against Denis Shapovalov with a 6-1 6-4 victory in Toronto. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NBO21?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NBO21</a> <a href="https://t.co/cBDXBokYgV">pic.twitter.com/cBDXBokYgV</a>

JosΓ© Morgado @josemorgado

Lucky loser Frances Tiafoe doesn't face a break point all match and easily beats #10 and top Canadian Denis Shapovalov 6-1, 6-4 to reach the last 16 in Toronto.<br><br>Home players won a total of zero singles matches in Canada this year...

Lukas Weese @Weesesports

TENNIS: Frances Tiafoe wins in straight sets 6-1, 6-4 against πŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦Denis Shapovalov. <br><br>A tough, disappointing loss for the Canadian, who had big hopes for advancing deep into the <a href="https://twitter.com/NBOtoronto?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@NBOtoronto</a>. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NBO21?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NBO21</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ATPToronto?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ATPToronto</a>

Aliassime was the other surprise upset on the day, dropping straight sets to Lajovic.

This year's tournament is missing some serious star power, especially on the men's side, where none of Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Dominic Thiem, David Goffin and Stan Wawrinka are participating. The woman's draw is devoid of Serena Williams, Naomi Osaka, Sofia Kenin and Iga Swiatek.


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