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Sharapova can't hang on against Suarez Navarro in Montreal

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It was a tough day in Montreal for the WTA's reigning Slam champions, as Maria Sharapova and Petra Kvitova were ousted in the third round of the Rogers Cup. No. 16 Carla Suarez Navarro scored a career win, defeating No. 5 Maria Sharapova 6-2, 4-6, 6-2. The Spaniard is in the midst of the best season of her career after winning her first title in Portugal this spring and making the quarterfinals of the French Open. She will play either Venus Williams or Angelique Kerber. 

This was not a pretty match. On a day when Sharapova struggled to find any consistency, Suarez Navarro almost let the match slip away. She led 6-2, 4-2 before Sharapova reeled off four straight games to force a third set.

Sharapova had her chances late in the third set to break Suarez Navarro and get back on serve, but her groundstrokes failed when she needed them. She finished with 30 winners to 49 unforced errors. Suarez Navarro didn't fare much better, hitting 16 winners to 31 unforced errors. The two struggled to hold serve all day, seeing 40 break points between them. Suarez Navarro broke nine times and Sharapova broke six times, with neither player hitting an ace. 

For Sharapova, the Rogers Cup continues to be a tournament that eludes her. She has yet to win the tournament in six tries and has never made it past the third round when it's been hosted in Montreal. Her next tournament is the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati next week, where she's made the final two of the three times she's played, winning the title in 2011. 

Kvitova was playing her first tournament since winning her second Wimbledon title last month. The No. 2 seed won the title in Montreal two years ago but Makarova was just too solid off the ground as she hit with pace and depth to keep Kvitova behind the baseline. The rust on Kvitova's game showed, as she served at 53 percent and threw in eight double faults. Makarova has been on a tear lately, advancing to her fourth straight quarterfinal after making the Citi Open semifinals last week. She will play either Jelena Jankovic or CoCo Vandeweghe.

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