Halep vaults past Venus for second straight win in Montreal

Fresh off a three-hour victory over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, top seed Simona Halep put on a ruthless display to edge past Venus Williams, also playing her second match of the day, 6-2, 6-2, to reach the quarterfinals of the Coupe Rogers.
"It was good that it was so short after that first long match," Halep said in press. "I saw that Venus was not feeling great, so we cannot talk about this match too much. But I'm happy even in this situation I could win the match."
Halep was initially scheduled to open Wednesday's night session, but was forced off court due to an unceasing storm.
Resuming on Thursday afternoon, the Romanian needed three grueling sets to outlast the Russian, but was far more emphatic against Williams, advancing after one hour and 11 minutes on court.
"I feel better. I feel more relaxed. That first match was really important. I got very tired. But then I had about four hours to recover. It was good. We will see tomorrow when I wake up because for sure I will be sore."
Halep raced through the opening two games but appeared on course for another long night when the skies briefly opened at 2-1.
"I can say very honestly when the rain started, I wanted it to stop because I felt that I'm a little bit fresher, more fresher than her. I just wanted to play tonight. I think it was an advantage for me to play tonight without injury, so I was able to run and to stay very well on court.
"I think for both of us was a little bit tough today. I just want to take, like, a great day. You don't have very often these days, winning two matches, with tough opponents. It's just been a good evening. I try just enjoy it."
Thankfully for the 26-year-old, the rain abated and she continued uninterrupted, taking the opening set and a 3-0 lead in the second.
A five-time Wimbledon champion, Venus showed off some of her fighting qualities to reduce the deficit and regain one of the two service breaks, but Halep continued to create opportunities and ultimately ran away with the final four games of the match.
Up next for the reigning Roland Garros champion is No.6 seed Caroline Garcia, who was similarly decisive against former World No.1 Maria Sharapova hours earlier.
Halep defeated the Frenchwoman last year at the Rogers Cup in Toronto and won their last two meetings at the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global and the Internazionali BNL d'Italia.
"I expect a tough one, as usual. We played many times, so we know each other pretty well. It's going to be a new day, a new match. Hopefully I will be close to 100% physically. If I feel good, I can just give my best, try to fight till the end, and believing that I can win."