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Serena Williams advances in Rogers Cup

Serena Williams advances in Rogers Cup
Serena Williams serves against Andrea Petkovic during Day 4 of the Rogers Cup in Toronto. (Vaughn Ridley / Getty Images)

Top-ranked Serena Williams advanced to the Rogers Cup quarterfinals in Toronto on Thursday night, beating 16th-seeded Andrea Petkovic of Germany, 6-3, 6-2.

The 21-time Grand Slam singles champion will face Italy's Roberta Vinci, a 6-4, 6-3 winner over Russia's Daria Gavrilova.

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Williams won titles in Toronto titles in 2001, 2011 and 2013.

Second-seeded Simona Halep of Romania advanced, outlasting 13th-seeded Angelique Kerber of Germany, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4.

Halep will face sixth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland, a 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 winner over Alize Cornet of France.

In Rogers Cup play in Montreal, top-ranked Novak Djokovic beat American Jack Sock, 6-2, 6-1. The Serb, the tournament champion in 2007, 2011 and 2012, has won 50 of 53 matches this year.

Second-seed Andy Murray advanced, beating Luxembourg's Gilles Muller, 6-3, 6-2, and seventh-seeded Rafael Nadal of Spain beat Russia's Mikhail Youzhny, 6-3, 6-3.

Nick Kyrgios lost to American John Isner a day after insulting French Open champion Stan Wawrinka during a match.

The 16th-seeded Isner beat Kyrgios, 7-5, 6-3, in a third-round match marred by Kyrgios' shouting match with a fan.

On Wednesday night, Kyrgios was heard making an insulting comment involving Wawrinka and Wawrinka's girlfriend. The ATP fined Kyrgios $10,000 Thursday for the comment.

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