The Rogers Cup in Toronto, Canada is one of the most prestigious tournaments on the WTA Tour (a Premier FIVE event). The 2 million US dollar event is the last major tournament before the US Open.
As we consistently mention here on this tennis website that chances of all of the top seeds winning through to the round of 16 are quite slim.
Only 4 of the top ranked players won through to the quarter finals in Toronto, with Alisa Kleybanova against No.5 seed (5) Jelena Jankovic, Maria Sharapova against (14) Agnieszka Radwanksa, Samantha Stosur up against (4) Elena Dementieva and Lucie Safarova meeting (2) Serena Williams.
In the biggest tug of war of the tournament, Kleybanova d. Jankovic 6-7, 7-6, 6-2 in a 3 hour and 16 minute match. The result could have gone either way in the 1st two sets. The 20 year-old Russian had 5 set points to win the 1st set but the 24 year-old Serbian prevailed 8 points to 6 in the tie-break.
In the 2nd set Kleybanova had another 5 set points but Jankovic fought back to earn a match point of her own. Kleybanova then went on the attack with her favourite backhand and took the tie break 9-7. In the final set, Alisa strung 4 games in a row from 2 games all to upset last year’s US Open finalist.
In another quarter final, Dementieva fought past Stosur after losing the 1st set tie-break 3-7 to take the next 2 sets 6-1 6-3. Stosur’s impressive results, beginning with her semi-final appearance at the French Open, see her with a career best ranking (No.15). Stosur is the first Australian woman to achieve a top 15 ranking since Alicia Molik.
Serena beat the unseeded Safarova of the Czech Republic 6-3 6-2 to press through to the semi-finals. Former World No.1 Sharapova defeated A. Radwanska 6-2 7-6 (7-5).
Pictured above is Dementieva in the forward swing phase of her forehand ground stroke just prior to impact with the ball. One of the best movers in the game is beautifully positioned to strike.
Dementieva reversed the result of “the match of the year” at Wimbledon by handing out a 7-6 (7-2) 6-1 defeat to Serena to book her spot in another WTA Tour final.
In the Wimbledon semi-finals, Elena had a match point at 5-4 in the final set only to see the American prevail 8 games to 6. Dementieva has now beaten Serena in 5 of their past 7 matches.
In the semi-finals Sharapova defeated fellow Russian Kleybanova 6-2 4-6 6-4 to earn herself a spot in her 1st final since coming back from a 9 month break due to injury.
Dementieva has built a strong platform from which to make a run for her 1st Grand Slam singles title at the US Open after defeating Sharapova 6-4 6-3 in the final. The 27 year old collected $350,000 US dollars and 800 ranking points in Toronto at the Canadian Open.
Sharapova timed her return to form well as this result sees her climb from No.49 to No.30, which allows her to sneak in as a seed at the US Open. The 22 year old won $175,000 US dollars and 550 ranking points.
Today’s POST is dedicated to Nancy Richey. Richey was born on 23 August in 1942. The American won 2 Grand Slam singles titles; the Australian Open in 1967 and the French Open in 1968. She achieved her highest career ranking of No.2 in 1969.
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