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Result: Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova win sets up Li Na clash

Result: Pavlyuchenkova win sets up Li clash
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World number 31 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova survives a second-set fright to come through her first-round match at the Rogers Cup, defeating qualifier Carol Zhao in straight sets to set up a clash with Li Na in round two.

Russian starlet Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova has booked a second-round clash with Li Na at the Rogers Cup, after coming through her opening match in straight sets tonight.

Pavlyuchenkova quickly made an emphatic start against Canadian-based qualifier Carol Zhao, winning the first set in 29 minutes on Grandstand Court thanks to a double break of serve.

Zhao responded with aggression in the second set, breaking twice to take full advantage as Pavlyuchenkova was caught taking her foot off the accelerator.

The 18-year-old was unable to maintain that strong start, stuttering on serve as a pair of double faults allowed her Russian opponent to fight back.

In the blink of an eye Zhao's double break was cancelled out, with Pavlyuchenkova rattling off six straight games to claim the match 6-1 6-3.

The world number 31 will now meet former French Open winner Li in the next round, as both players use the hard-court event to build towards the US Open later this month.

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Saturday's key events

· After silvers in both the men's and women's events, Team GB will be fancied to get on the podium again in the mixed relay (11.30pm-1am)

· Touted as Michael Phelps's successor, Caeleb Dressel already has two gold medals from these Games and he will be going for a third in the men's 50m butterfly final (2.30am)
· It is Katie Ledecky vs. Ariarne Titmus III in the women's 800m freestyle final, with Ledecky entering as firm favourite (2.46am)
· Great Britain will be heavily fancied to add another gold medal to their swimming haul, having produced by far the fastest qualifying time for the mixed 4x100m medley relay final (3.43am)

· Dina Asher-Smith is one of three British women in the 100m semi-finals (3.01am-3.20am), and will hope to challenge for a medal in what is likely to be a star-studded final (1.50pm)
· The inaugural Olympic 4x400m mixed relay event concludes with Great Britain one of the eight finalists going for gold (1.35pm)

· Team GB's dreams of an unlikely gold are still alive in the women's event as they face France in their semi-final (3.30am). The winners will face either New Zealand or Fiji in the gold medal match later in the day (10am)

· Gold medals are up for grabs in the windsurfer - RS:X finals. Emma Wilson participates for Team GB in the women's final (6.33am), while Tom Squires is in action in the men's (7.33am)

· Following his shock semi-final defeat, ending his hopes of a Golden Slam in 2021, Novak Djokovic battles for bronze against Pablo Carreno Busta (7am)
· The women's singles event reaches its conclusion with the gold medal match between Belinda Bencic and Marketa Vondrousova

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