Saturday, August 13, 2011

Stosur and Williams to compete for Rogers Cup championship

10th seed Sam Stosur, who recently dropped out of the top 10, has certainly been in form in Toronto, and today, she made her way to the final. Stosur defeated 13th seed Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2, 5-7, 6-2. She hit 43 winners, most of which came from her forehand. Her victory, by the way, puts her back into the top 10 (as a victory would have done for Radwanska, also).

The match had some twists and turns. Both players held at love in their first service games; Radwanska would not hold her serve again until she was down 1-5, but at that point, she had another love hold. The opponents traded breaks at the beginning of the second set. Radwanska had opportunities to break when Stosur served at 2-3, but the 10th seed held. Both players then held at love again. Stosur held at love at 4-all, but was broken at love at 5-6; she double-faulted on the last point.

At 2-all in the final set, Stosur broke, and Radwanska would not win another game.

In the other semifinal, 4th seed Victoria Azarenka couldn't handle the serve of her opponent, Serena Williams. It wasn't that Azarenka played badly; rather, she seldom was able to get control of the match, which Williams won 6-3, 6-3. The 4th seed had only two break opportunities, and she was able to convert just one of them.

Defending champions Gisela Dulko and Flavia Pennetta are out. They were defeated 3-6, 6-1, 10-6 by 3rd seeds Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond. Dulko and Pennetta were seeded number 2 in Toronto. In the final, Huber and Raymond will play 4th seeds Victoria Azarenka and Maria Kirilenko, who defeated Nuria Llagostera Vives and Arantxa Parra Santonja 6-3, 6-3.

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