New No. 1 Pliskova opens with second-round win in Toronto

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Karolina Pliskova, of the Czech Republic, hits a return to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, of Russia, during the Rogers Cup women's tennis tournament in Toronto, Wednesday, Aug. 9. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)
Karolina Pliskova, of the Czech Republic, hits a return to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, of Russia, during the Rogers Cup women’s tennis tournament in Toronto, Wednesday, Aug. 9. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)

Toronto (AP) — Karolina Pliskova began her run as world No. 1 on a positive note, beating Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-3, 6-3 on Wednesday to reach the third round of the Rogers Cup.

The 25-year-old Czech, who had a first-round bye, extended her winning streak over the 19th-ranked player to five matches. She earned the No. 1 ranking when Johanna Konta beat Romania’s Simona Halep in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon.

Halep, now ranked second and the defending Rogers Cup champion, played the late match against Slovakia’s Magdalena Rybarikova.

In other second-round play, ninth seed Venus Williams earned her second career win in Toronto, a 7-5, 7-5 victory over Katerina Siniakova. Williams, the runner-up at the Australian Open and Wimbledon this year, hadn’t won in the Canadian city until she beat Irina-Camelia Begu in the first round on Monday.