Reigning champion Giorgi leads the bottom half to the round of 16

The bottom half of the draw advanced to the round of 16 at the National Bank Open presented by Rogers on Wednesday. All eight second round games this side of the draw were scheduled for Day 3.

Here’s a breakdown of some key results as they come in:

Defeated Camila Giorgi. Elise Mertens 6-3, 7-5

Defending champion Camila Giorgi is presented by Rogers for up to eight straight wins at the National Bank Open.

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World No. 29 Giorgi, the defending champion, defeated Mertens in 1 hour and 32 minutes in 37th place, earning her eighth consecutive win of the tournament.

The first six wins of this Canadian winning streak came last year when Giorgi won her first WTA 1000 title when the tournament was held in Montreal. Giorgi Mertens also beat Mertens in the run to the title last year and is now 2-2 against Mertens.

Giorgi converted all three of her break points and won 60 percent of Mertens’ second serve points by saving her top 10 win over Emma Raducanu in the opening round. Giorgi was much more resilient defending her own second serve, winning 60 percent of those points.

(7) Jessica defeated Pegula. (F) Asia Muhammad 6-2, 7-5

Jessica Pegula is currently the highest ranked American player on tour.

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Giorgi next meets Jessica Pegula, number 7, in the back-to-back National Bank Open for a place in the quarterfinals. Pegula defeated her American compatriot, qualifier Asia Muhammad, 6-2, 7-5 on Wednesday.

Pegula, the top-ranked American, ousted Muhammad in 187th place in 1 hour and 41 minutes. Pegula fell to Giorgi in the Montreal semifinals last year.

Julia Putintseva defeated. (4) Paula Badosa 7-5, 1-0, final.

Yulia Putintseva passed a top 10 player for the tenth time in her career on Wednesday.

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World No. 46 Putintseva moved past Badosa when the Spaniard retired due to muscle cramps. Badosa led 3-1 with a break before Putintseva won five of their last six games in the opening set. Despite winning by elimination, this marks Putintseva’s tenth top 10 win.

Putintseva next meets Alison Riske-Amritraj in the round of 16. Riske-Amritraj leads their head-to-head game 3-2, but the two have not faced each other since 2018.

Defeated Alison Riske-Amritraj. (16) Yelena Ostapenko 7:6 (2), 0:6, 7:5

Alison Riske-Amritraj in action at the National Bank Open on Wednesday.

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World No. 35 Riske-Amritraj defeated a former Grand Slam winner in the second straight round as she defeated 2017 Roland Garros champion Ostapenko in 2 hours and 21 minutes.

Riske-Amritraj, who defeated two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in the first round, celebrated her first win against Ostapenko in her three encounters after previously falling to the Latvian at the 2019 US Open and this year’s Australian Open.

(6) Arina Sabalenka defeated. Sara Sorribes Tormo 6-4, 6-3

Aryna Sabalenka made it to the round of 16 in Toronto on Wednesday.

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Sabalenka is now unbeaten 3-0 against Sorribes Tormo after their 1-hour, 50-minute win on the Toronto hard courts. Sabalenka, semi-finalist in Montreal last year, meets Coco Gauff in the round of 16.

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Sabalenka struggled with 16 double faults today but when she got her first serve in play she was the stronger of the two. Sabalenka won 62 percent of their points on the first serve, while Sorribes Tormo won 45 percent of their points.

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