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Raonic wins; Edmund ousted from Rogers Cup

Toronto, Aug 7 (Agencies): | Publish Date: 8/8/2018 4:28:21 AM IST

 Canadian Milos Raonic made good use of his booming serves to oust 10th seeded Belgian David Goffin in the first round of the Rogers Cup on Monday.

Playing in front of fellow Canadians in Toronto, Raonic topped Goffin 6-3, 6-4, winning all 27 of the points scored while he was on first serve.

The unseeded Raonic, who is coming off a run to the quarter-final at Wimbledon, will next face the winner between American Frances Tiafoe and Italian Marco Cecchinato.

Meanwhile, Kyle Edmund crashed out of the Rogers Cup in the opening round, suffering a bruising 6-1 6-2 loss to Diego Schwartzman.

Edmund appeared outgunned by Schwartzman from the off, losing his first service game as the world No 12 raced into a 3-0 lead.

The Briton, ranked 16th by the ATP, made it on to the scoreboard in the fourth game, but was broken again in the sixth and went on to lose the set.

Edmund, who after a bye was knocked out in the second round of the Citi Open by Andy Murray a week ago, appeared to have regained some composure as play resumed.

However, with the second set level at 2-2, Schwartzman broke the Briton’s serve then reeled off the next three games to close out the match.

Venus survives scare

Venus Williams avoided an upset at the hands of fellow American Caroline Dolehide, holding off the 19-year-old 7-5, 6-1 to claim her first round match at the Rogers Cup on Monday.

Williams, coming off a disappointing quarter-final loss at the Silicon Valley Classic last week, fell down a break early but recovered to turn back her dangerous opponent.

“I think she had a really great second serve,” Williams told reporters, of Dolehide. “I think I got a better feel for it in the second set. In the first set, I was still figuring it out.”

Dolehide displayed her full potential in March when she nearly took down world number one Simona Halep at Indian Wells. Against Williams, the young player lost momentum late as Williams claimed 12 of the final 14 games of the match.

The only two other seeds in action during the opening day were ninth seed Karolina Pliskova and 10th seed Julia Goerges who both won.

Pliskova beat Katerina Siniakova 6-4 6-4 while Goerges overcame Timea Babos 3-6 7-6(3) 6-4.

Among those yet to play are top-ranked Halep and number two Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark. The top eight seeds all received first-round byes.

 

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