Sick with a gastrointestinal disorder, top seed Serena Williams fought her way to the Rogers Cup final today by beating Agnieszka Radwanska 7-6, 6-4 in the semifinals. Williams was obviously not feeling too well, but feeling bad sometimes makes her fight even harder. In a strange way, it was even an entertaining match. The highlight occurred in the second set, when Radwanska appeared to make the shot of the match (if not the tournament), only her incredible get was then one-upped by a Williams shot, which gave Serena the point.
If you go to the trouble of taking out Caroline Wozniacki, Jelena Jankovic and Petra Kvitova, you might as well go ahead and take out Li Na, too, and that's what Sorana Cirstea did today. When Li goes off, she goes way off, and even though she's known for fighting her way out of the deepest holes, she was unable to come back against Cirstea, who beat her 6-1, 7-6. Li led 5-2 in the second set, by the way.
Tomorrow's match will be Cirstea's first premier-level final, and the first final of any kind that she's reached in five years.
The run of Canadians Gabriela Dabrowski and Sharon Fichman was ended today by Jelena Jankovic and Katarina Srebotnik, who beat them 7-5, 6-3 in the semifinals. In the other semifinal match, 3rd seeds Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Kveta Peschke defeated 2nd seeds Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina 6-2, 6-4.
Feliciano Lopez and Bernard Tomic were paid $20,000 apiece to travel from Montreal to Toronto to play an exhibition event this week. Both Lopez and Tomic lost in the first round of the ATP Rogers Cup. Crash out in the ATP--no worries, go play at a WTA event.
And speaking of these events, it would be professionally sound if someone would edit Andy Roddick out of the Emirates U.S. Open Series promo spots.
Shahar Peer won the 125-K Suzhou event, defeating Zheng Saisai 6-2, 2-6, 6-3. Peer was seeded third. The doubles title was won by Timea Babos and Michaella Krajicek. They defeated Han Xinyun and Eri Hozumi 6-2, 6-2 in the final.