Toronto Masters: How to watch Coco Gauff vs Simona Halep
Coco Gauff gets the National Bank Open (Toronto Masters) quarter-finals underway against former World No 1 Simona Halep.
Gauff has been on an incredible run in Toronto, ousting Madison Brengle, Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina and top ten player Aryna Sabalenka en route to the last eight.
Halep has won all three previous meetings against Gauff including two meetings this year which also came in WTA 1000 events.
Gauff has won eight of her last ten matches puting her fractionally ahead of Halep who has three losses among her last ten outings on the tour.
Gauff’s clash with Halep starts off the quarter-final programme on Friday with the match getting underway at 18:00 BST.
American No 1 Jessica Pegula will look to keep the Star Spangled Banner waving north of the border when she meets transplanted Kazakh Yulia Putintseva.
These two have not met previously on the tour which makes this a tough one to call.
Putintseva has the edge of having played two additional tournaments between Wimbledon and the Toronto Masters while Pegula took a break.
The second of the last four encounters is scheduled for no earlier than 19:15 BST.
After picking up the biggest win of her career in the previous round Beatriz Haddad Maia faces dreamcrusher Belinda Bencic in the last eight.
While Maia defeated World No 1 Iga Swiatek, Bencic ended Serena Williams’ hopes of deep run to say farewell to Toronto.
Bencic won the only previous meeting between the two which came in Sydney earlier this year, where the Swiss earned a straight sets win.
Maia has clearly had the tougher path to the last eight but you can only tread the path ordained for you and she cannot afford to underestimate Bencic.
Third of the order of play for the women’s singles the match between Swiss and Brazilian stars will not commence before 00:00 BST.
Rounding off the quarter-final programme, former rankings queen Karolína Plíšková takes on rising Chinese star Qinwen Zheng.
The clash between Pliskova and Zheng is another first-time meeting and an intriguing clash of styles.
Pliskova has seen off compatriot Barbora Krejcikova, Amanda Anisimova and top ten star Maria Sakkari.
Zheng got through the Round of 32 after retirement from Ons Jabeur before downing home hope Bianca Andreescu in the last 16.
It’s a long and late night for tennis fans who want to take in all the last four meetings with Pliskova and Zheng meeting in a match that won’t start until at least 01:15 BST.
How to watch the Toronto Masters
The National Bank Open (Toronto Masters) will be broadcast live in the United Kingdom through the Amazon Prime over-the-top streaming service.
Viewers in the United States can stream the event on the Tennis Channel while TSN, Sportsnet and TVA Sports are the Canadian broadcast partners.
Fans in Australia can watch through WTA Tour partner Bein Sports.
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