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2014 Rogers Cup Montreal

Montreal Cup Women’s Singles Final Sunday Aug 10

3-Agnieszka Radwanska beat Venus Williams 6-4 6-2

 

Montreal Cup Women’s Doubles Final Sunday Aug 10

S.Errani/R.Vinci beat C.Black/S.Mirza 7-6(4) 6-3

Day Seven

Radwanska Halts Venus Williams Run, Captures First Rogers Cup

wtatennis.com: August 8 2014 Montreal, Canada - A day after the Williams sisters stole headlines around the world with a classic match-up in the semifinals, Agnieszka Radwanska snuck through the other half of the draw and snuck out the Rogers Cup title, beating Venus Williams in straight sets to conquer the Premier-level event.

 

Williams had wowed the crowds all week with some vintage play, pulling off come-from-behind wins against No.6 seed Angelique Kerber, No.14 seed Carla Suárez Navarro and - as mentioned above - No.1 seed Serena Williams, her first win over a World No.1 in more than five years. She had never won a match in Canada before, and the former No.1 was busting out north of the border in a big way.

 

But the No.3-seeded Radwanska was quietly beating a slew of big names herself this week, players who had given her big trouble in the past - Sabine Lisicki, Victoria Azarenka, Ekaterina Makarova - and though she trailed Williams in their head-to-head, 5-3, she had won their last two quite handily.

 

This one went in that same direction. From the start Radwanska had Williams on edge with her court craft and tireless retrieving, forcing Williams into error after error. There were times Williams looked like she would creep back into the match - she cut a 4-1 deficit in the first set to 4-3 and had points to make it 4-all, and after Radwanska went up 2-0 in the second set Williams did catch up to 2-all.

 

But at the end of the day Radwanska was just too steady point to point and game to game, and after just an hour and 21 minutes the World No.5 had her first WTA title of the 2014 season, 6-4, 6-2.

 

The numbers for the match tell the story. While Williams' game went somewhat awry, 25 winners to 41 unforced errors, Radwanska was as tidy as could be with 12 winners to just eight unforced errors.

Day Six

Venus Upsets Sis Serena Williams, Faces Radwanska for Rogers Cup Title

wtatennis.com: August 8 2014 Montreal, Canada - After letting a first set lead slip away Venus Williams went right back to work, kept on firing her big serve and swinging away on her massive groundstrokes, and eventually pulled off the kind of upset that will make everyone a believer again, taking out sister Serena Williams.

 

It had been a while since Venus had beaten a player of this caliber - her last win over a reigning World No.1 was against Dinara Safina in the Wimbledon semifinals in 2009, and her last win over Serena was at Dubai earlier that year. 

 

Venus came out of the blocks fast, breaking in the first game of the match and building a 3-1 lead off of it - but Serena broke back for 3-all, and after the two traded hold after hold it was Serena who swung more freely in the tie-break, winning the first five points and eventually closing it out, 7-2.

 

But Venus wasn't done by any means - she broke Serena right away in the second set and eventually snuck another break out to take the second set, 6-2, and snuck one more break out for a 4-2 lead in the third set, eventually closing out the match after two hours and one minute, 6-7(2), 6-2, 6-3.

 

Agnieszka Radwanska got some good old fashioned revenge on Ekaterina Makarova 7-6(1), 7-6(3) on Saturday night to follow Venus Williams into the Rogers Cup final in Montréal. Makarova was playing in the biggest WTA semifinal of her career - she had never been to the semifinals of a Premier 5-level event or higher before. And she pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the tournament to get there, stunning No.2 seed and reigning Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova.

 

Makarova had beaten Radwanska in straight sets in their last two meetings, and on some very big stages too, in the fourth round of last year's US Open and the same round of Wimbledon earlier this season. But this time Radwanska was ready. She threatened throughout the first set - she held two set points at 5-4 and another at 6-5, though Makarova swatted them all away with big winners.

 

But Radwanska pounced again in the tie-break, reeling off the first six points in a row, eventually closing the breaker out and tucking away the first set, seven points to one. Radwanska broke and served for the match at 5-4, then Makarova broke back, and eventually the two found themselves in a tie-break again. But again it was the No.3-seeded Radwanska who came through at crunch time, rolling in the breaker to seal it, 7-6(1), 7-6(3).

Montreal Cup Women’s Singles Semifinals Saturday Aug 9

Venus Williams beat 1-Serena Williams 6-7(2) 6-2 6-3

3-Agnieszka Radwanska beat Ekaterina Makarova 7-6(1) 7-6(3)

Day Five

Venus Sets Semis Clash with Sis Serena; Radwanska, Makarova Join Semis Slate

wtatennis.com: August 8 2014 Montreal, Canada - Canada - Serena Williams came back from the brink of defeat in the second set - and then held off a late comeback in the third set - to get past good friend Caroline Wozniacki in a center court thriller in front of a packed crowd at the Rogers Cup in Montréal on Friday, 4-6, 7-5, 7-5.

 

Early on in the match Wozniacki was in vintage form, keeping her unforced errors down and hitting all her targets, while Williams was somewhat off of her game, throwing in some uncharacteristic errors - and not before long Wozniacki was sitting on top of a hefty 6-4, 4-2 lead, and that very nearly became 6-4, 5-2, as Williams fell behind 15-30 on her serve in that game. She was in the danger zone.

 

But a big ace brought her to 30-all and began a run of 10 points in a row that got her right back into it, as she won seven of the next eight games to sneak out the set, 7-5, and go up 2-0 in the third. Wozniacki kept creeping back, cutting that 2-0 lead to 2-all and then, after Williams won another two games, cutting her 4-2 lead to 4-all. But eventually the No.1-seeded Williams' fight was just too much, and she finally closed out the No.11-seeded Wozniacki after two hours and 41 minutes.

 

Venus Williams kept her Canadian breakthrough going on Friday, battling past Carla Suárez Navarro to make the semifinals of the Rogers Cup - and set up an absolute blockbuster semifinal clash with sister Serena Williams, the milestone 25th career meeting between the pair of WTA legends.

 

Less than 24 hours after an extremely high quality third round win over No.6 seed Angelique Kerber, which many have called the match of the tournament, Williams looked slightly off her game late in the first set against Suárez Navarro, dropping five straight games from 4-3 up to fall behind 6-4, 2-0.

 

But that's when the seven-time Grand Slam champion and former No.1 kicked into high gear, reeling off 10 of the next 11 games to take the second set, 6-2, and go up in the third, 4-1, and though Suárez Navarro caught back up to 4-3 and even had two points to even it at 4-all, Williams held on, winning the next two games to put the finishing touches on a two-hour-and-11-minute grinder, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3.

 

Ekaterina Makarova reached the biggest WTA semifinal of her career on Friday after winning a see-saw three-setter against CoCo Vandeweghe 6-1, 4-6, 6-1. Both players had been giant-killers throughout the week, Makarova taking out No.2 seed Petra Kvitova and Vandeweghe, who actually came through the qualies, defeating No.9 seed Ana Ivanovic and No.7 seed Jelena Jankovic, the first time she has ever beaten two Top 10 players at the same tournament.

Montreal Cup Women’s Singles Quarterfinals Friday Aug 8

1-Serena Williams beat 11-Caroline Wozniacki 4-6, 7-5, 7-5

Venus Williams beat 14-Carla Suarez Navarro 4-6 6-2 6-3

Ekaterina Makarova beat Coco Vandeweghe6-1 4-6 6-1

3-Agnieszka Radwanska beat 8-Victoria Azarenka 6-2 6-2

Day Four

Williams Sisters Reach Quarters; Kvitova, Sharapova Ousted; Azarenka Wins

wtatennis.com: August 7 2014 Montreal, Canada - They're two of the most accomplished players on the WTA, they're good friends, they're both in top form - and on Friday Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki will be staring each other down and going to battle in the quarterfinals of the Premier-level Rogers Cup in Montréal.

 

The No.11-seeded Wozniacki was the first of the pair to advance, rolling past American qualifier Shelby Rogers - the player who took out No.5 seed Eugenie Bouchard earlier in the week - in just 56 minutes, 6-1, 6-0. Wozniacki has only lost a total of six games through three matches so far this week.

 

The former World No.1 will have to be on her game in the next round as she faces the current World No.1, Williams. The No.1-seeded Williams had a tougher day at the office but still managed to get through in straight sets, edging No.15 seed Lucie Safarova in a close two-setter, 7-5, 6-4.

 

Carla Suárez Navarro pulled off the biggest surprise so far at this year's Rogers Cup, taking out the No.4 seed Maria Sharapova. Suárez Navarro looked the sharper of the two from the outset, cruising through the first set, 6-2, and jumping out to a 4-2 lead in the second set. At that moment it looked like Sharapova was going to start building a comeback - she toughed out four games in a row to sneak out the second set, 6-4. But the No.14-seeded Suárez Navarro got right back on the winning track, storming through the third set to finish it off, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, winning on one last Sharapova backhand unforced error.

 

No.8 seed Victoria Azarenka reached her first quarterfinal since the Australian Open with a straight set triumph over qualifier Heather Watson 6-2 6-4 on Thursday. Next up for Azarenka is third-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska, who down a break at 2-1 in the third set against Sabine Lisicki won five of the next six games for a 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 victory in which she converted on five of six break points.

 

Ekaterina Makarova reached the Rogers Cup quarterfinals for the first time with a rain-interrupted upset of No.2 seed Petra Kvitova 6-4, 1-6, 6-2, and qualifier CoCo Vandeweghe also pulled out a surprise victory over No.7 seed Jelena Jankovic 7-6(8), 2-6, 7-5.

Montreal Cup Women's Singles Third Round Thursday Aug 7

1-Serena Williams beat 15-Lucie Safarova 7-5 6-4     

Ekaterina Makarova beat 2-Petra Kvitova 6-4 1-6 6-2

14-Carla Suarez Navarro beat 4-Maria Sharapova 6-2 4-6 6-2  

11-Caroline Wozniacki beat Shelby Rogers 6-1 6-0

8-Victoria Azarenka beat Heather Watson 6-2, 6-4

Venus Williams beat 6-Angelique Kerber 6-3 3-6 6-4

3-Agnieszka Radwanska vs. Sabine Lisicki 6-1 3-6 6-3

Coco Vandeweghe beat 7-Jelena Jankovic 7-6(6) 2-6 7-5

Day Three

Serena, Kvitova, Sharapova Advance; Vandeweghe Upsets Ivanovic

wtatennis.com: August 6 2014 Montreal, Canada - Serena Williams was ruthless in her first match in Montréal in 14 years, beating one of her toughest rivals - Sam Stosur - to set up a third round clash against Lucie Safarova. Williams has only played the Rogers Cup in Montréal once before, making the final back in 2000, but on Wednesday night it looked like she had never left, storming past Stosur - a player who had beaten her three times before, including in the 2011 US Open final - handily in straight sets, 6-0, 6-2.

 

Next up is No.15 seed Lucie Safarova, who beat Magdalena Rybarikova earlier on, 6-4, 6-2. Williams has beaten Safarova in all six of their previous meetings, though some have been very competitive.

 

It was mostly an upset-free day session on Wednesday, with No.4 seed Maria Sharapova, No.6 seed Angelique Kerber, No.7 seed Jelena Jankovic and No.11 seed Caroline Wozniacki all winning through, with Jankovic having an especially tough day, edging Sloane Stephens, 6-7(7), 6-4. 7-6(4). Jankovic won just two more points than Stephens in the three-hour-and-15-minute marathon - 136 to 134.

 

The only upset saw British qualifier and WTA Rising Star Heather Watson win a thriller against No.10 seed Dominika Cibulkova, 6-2, 6-7(3), 7-6(5), originally leading 6-2, 4-0 with a point for 6-2, 5-0, and almost letting a 5-2 lead go in the third set as well before finally closing it out in a third set breaker.

 

The night session saw No.2 seed Petra Kvitova beat Casey Dellacqua, 6-3, 6-2, and Venus Williams beat Kazakhstani qualifier Yulia Putintseva, 6-3, 6-2, but No.9 seed Ana Ivanovic go out in a match that finished after 12:30 at night to CoCo Vandeweghe, 6-7(7), 7-6(7), 6-4. Ivanovic led 3-0 in the third set before falling to the American qualifier - and WTA Rising Star - after two hours and 54 minutes.

Montreal Cup Women's Singles Second Round Wed Aug 6

1-Serena Williams beat Samantha Stosur 6-0 6-2

2-Petra Kvitova beat Casey Dellacqua 6-3 6-2

11-Caroline Wozniacki beat Klara Zakopalova 6-1 6-2

4-Maria Sharapova vs. Garbine Muguruza

Ekaterina Makarova beat Elena Vesnina 6-3 6-2

Coco Vandeweghe beat 9-Ana Ivanovic 6-7(7) 7-6(7) 6-4

Venus Williams beat Yulia Putintseva 6-3 6-2

6-Angelique Kerber beat Caroline Garcia 6-4- 6-1

15-Lucie Safarova beat Magdalena Rybarikova 6-4 6-2

Heatther Watson beat 10-Dominika Cibulkova 6-2 6-7(3) 7-6(5)

7-Jelena Jankovic beat Sloane Stephens 6-7(7) 6-4 7-6(4)

Sabine Lisicki beat Madison Keys 4-6 6-1 6-4

14-Carla Suarez Navarro beat Karolina Pliskova 6-1 3-6 6-2

Day Two

Rogers Stuns Bouchard in Second Round; Radwanska Advances; Venus Wins 1st Match on Canadian Soil; Azarenka Edges Cornet

wtatennis.com: August 4 2014 Montreal, Canada - No.3 seed Agnieszka Radwanska beat Barbora Zahlavova Strycova in a tight two-setter on Tuesday to reach the third round of the Rogers Cup. Though Radwanska came into Montréal having never lost her opener in five appearances at this event, she did fall in her opener in Stanford last week to Varvara Lepchenko.

 

And Zahlavova Strycova was a dangerous opponent for Radwanska to kick off her Rogers Cup campaign against. The Czech was playing her first summer hardcourt event after a grass court season that included a run to the final at 's-Hertogenbosch and her best outing at a Grand Slam - a quarterfinal showing at Wimbledon featuring a win over World No.2 Li Na that ranked as the best of her career. Radwanska turned a one-break advantage in each set into a 6-4, 6-4 victory.

 

Venus Williams got past Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the first round to win her first career match in Canada. Williams' four previous matches in Canada had occurred in Toronto, and she had lost each of them. But against Pavlyuchenkova, she overcame a second set lapse and went on to a 6-1, 3-6, 6-2 triumph, setting up a second round encounter with Kazakhstani qualifier Yulia Putintseva.

 

American qualifier Shelby Rogers defeated Eugenie Bouchard 6-0 2-6 6-0 in an absolute stunner at the Rogers Cup on Tuesday night, coming out firing and, after losing her way in the second set, finding that firepower again to win the third set and score the first Top 10 win of her career.

 

Rogers' momentum started to build a few weeks ago at a smaller clay court event in Bad Gastein - she made it all the way to her first WTA final there, and recorded her first two Top 20 wins along the way, against Carla Suárez Navarro and Sara Errani. She didn't lose a set in the qualies here, either.

Montreal Cup Women's Singles Tuesday August 5

R2: Shelby Rogers beat 5-Eugenie Bouchard 6-0 2-6 6-0

R2: 8-Victoria Azarenka beat Alize Cornet 6-4 2-6 6-4

R2: 3-Agnieszka Radwanska vs. Barbora Strycova 6-4, 6-4

R1: 14-Carla Suarez Navarro beat Bojana Jovanovski 6-4 6-3   

R1: 11-Caroline Wozniacki beat Daniela Hantuchova 6-1 6-1

R1: Caroline Garcia beat Karin Knapp 6-2 6-7(6) 6-1          

R1: Karolina Pliskova beat Yanina Wickmayer 6-2 6-1

R1: Elena Vesnina beat Camila Giorgi 6-4 1-6 7-6(1)          

R1: Venus Williams beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-1 3-6 6-2  

R1: Casey Dellacqua beat Kirsten Flipkens 6-0 4-6 6-2   

R1: Coco Vandeweghe beat Zhang Shuai 6-2 6-4                   

R1: Samantha Stosur beat Monica Puig 6-2 6-2        

R1: Ekaterina Makarova beat Romina Oprandi 6-4 6-0

R1: Madison Keys beat Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-1 3-2 ret.

R1: 16-Elina Vesnina beat Camila Giorgi 6-4 1-6 7-6(1)

Lisicki Upsets Errani; Safarova Ousts 2103 Finalist Cirstea; Vinci Exits; Cibulkova Wins

wtatennis.com: August 4 2014 Montreal, Canada - Sabine Lisicki made an impressive start to her Rogers Cup campaign, overcoming No.13 seed Sara Errani in straight sets 6-1 7-5 on Monday.

 

Errani’s doubles partnet Roberta Vinci was also eliminated in the opening round falling to Barbora Strycova 7-5 7-5. Advancing to the second round is Wimbledon semi-finalist Lucie Safarova who defeated last year’s finalist Sorana Cirstea 6-4 6-2.

 

Also advancing is Magdalena Rybarikova winner over American Alison Riske 6-1 6-4; Shelby Rogers beating Ajla Tomljanovic 6-4 7-6(5); France’s Alize Cornet ousting Lauren Davis 6-3, 7-5; and Klara Zakopalova edging Kiki Bertens in two tight sets7-5, 7-6(5).

Montreal Cup Women's Singles First Round Monday August 4

Barbora Strycova beat Roberta Vinci 7-5 7-5

Sabine Lisicki beat 13-Sara Errani 6-1 7-5

15-Lucie Safarova beat Sorana Cirstea 6-4, 6-2

Magdalena Rybarikova beat Alison Riske 6-1 6-4

Shelby Rogers beat Ajla Tomljanovic 6-4 7-6(5)

Alize Cornet beat Lauren Davis 6-3, 7-5

Klara Zakopalova beat Kiki Bertens 7-5, 7-6(5)

10-Dominika Cibulkova beat Francoise Abanda 6-1 3-6 6-0

Yulia Putintseva beat 12-Flavia Pennetta 7-6(5) 6-3

Sloane Stephens beat Aleksandra Wozniak 6-3 6-0

Heather Watson beat Tereza Smitkova 6-4, 5-7, 6-4

2013 Rogers Cup Toronto Final

Serena Williams Halts Sorana Cirstea Run, Claims 54th Career Title

Serena lifts 3rd title at Rogers Cup. Photo rogerscup.com

rogerscup.com/ITS Staff: August 11 2013 Toronto – Serena Williams has been crowned champion of the 2013 Rogers Cup presented by National Bank in Toronto, as fans at Rexall Centre saw the 16-time Slam winner exert her dominance over Romanian Sorana Cirstea 6-2, 6-0 in the final on Sunday. The win has earned Williams her third Rogers Cup championship, the first two coming in 2011 and 2001, also in Toronto.

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