Toronto | Pliskova eased into last eight
Pliskova advanced to the quarterfinals at the Rogers Cup when Japanese qualifier Naomi Osaka was forced to retire because of an injury.
The world’s top-ranked player moved on with a 6-2 6-7(4) 1-0 victory when Osaka had to retire with an abdominal injury.
It wasn’t immediately clear when Osaka suffered the injury. She was in form during the tiebreaker, firing a service winner to convert her second set point under the warm sun at the Aviva Centre.
Pliskova came out strong to open the third set and Osaka called for a trainer at the changeover. She briefly stretched out on the hardcourt before the decision was made.
The world’s No. 50 player received treatment after the match and did not speak to reporters.
Pliskova, meanwhile, will move on to play sixth-seeded Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark, who defeated 10th-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland 6-3 6-1.
Second-seeded Simona Halep of Romania needed only 59 minutes to beat Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic 6-1 6-0 while American Sloane Stephens upset third-seeded German Angelique Kerber 6-2 6-2.
Finally the fifth-seeded Ukrainian Elina Svitolina defeated American Venus Williams 6-2 6-1, and Spain’s Garbine Muguruza beat Australian qualifier Ashleigh Barty 6-0 3-6 6-2.
Also through are Caroline Garcia of France who advanced with a 6-4 6-2 win over American CiCi Bellis, and Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic who moved on with a 6-3 6-7(3) 6-2 victory over Ekaterina Makarova of Russia.