Li wins opener in Toronto

Updated: August 7, 2013

Toronto, ON (Sports Network) – Last year’s runner-up Li Na was an easy
second-round winner Wednesday at the $2.369 million Rogers Cup.

The fourth-seeded Chinese star handled Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-1,
6-4 on the hardcourts at Rexall Centre. The former French Open champion and
two-time Australian Open runner-up won following a lengthy rain delay on Day

Li lost to Czech slugger Petra Kvitova in last year’s Rogers Cup finale in
Montreal, as this tournament shifts between Toronto and Montreal each year.

Meanwhile, seventh-seeded Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli landed in the win
column Wednesday by drilling American qualifier Lauren Davis, 6-0, 6-3. The
French star will face Slovak Magdalena Rybarikova on Thursday.

In other action involving seeds, No. 10 Roberta Vinci of Italy erased Russian
Ekaterina Makarova 6-0, 6-4, France’s Alize Cornet upended No. 11 Russian
Maria Kirilenko 7-5, 7-5, and No. 14 American Sloane Stephens held off German
Mona Barthel 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.

Also on Day 3, a hot Rybarikova dismissed American Varvara Lepchenko 6-4, 6-2.
Rybarikova captured her second straight Washington, D.C., title last week.

The newest Rogers Cup titlist will claim $426,000.