2009 Toronto WTA Singles Results     Elena Dementieva, Champion

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#1 Dinara Safina
#2 Serena Williams
#3 Venus Williams
#4 Elena Dementieva
#5 Jelena Jankovic
#6 Svetlana Kuznetsova
#7 Vera Zvonareva
#8 Caroline Wozniacki
#9 Victoria Azarenka
#10 Nadia Petrova
#11 Ana Ivanovic
#12 Flavia Pennetta

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#49 Maria Sharapova
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    On Sunday in Toronto, in the final of the Rogers Cup (aka the Canadian Open), 27-year-old 4th-seeded #4 Elena Dementieva of Russia (residence: Monte Carlo, Monaco), defeated 22-year-old #49 (and former #1, working her way back up the rankings after a prolonged shoulder injury) Maria Sharapova of Russia (residences: Manhattan Beach, California and Bradenton, Florida), 6-4, 6-3 (both ladies are shown during the match, and Elena with the "transparent racket" trophy afterward).

    Elena's prize is $350,000; Maria's is $175,000—and her performance raised Maria's WTA ranking to #30, which means she will be seeded at this year's US Open (Aug 31).

    The two sets lasted over two hours. Both players served just one ace; Maria committed 10 double faults, Elena, 7. Maria converted only 3 of 7 break point opportunities against Elena; Elena scored on 5 of 15 break points against Maria.

    Elena said: "This kind of win gives you a lot of confidence, so right now it's all about recovering and getting ready for New York... I really like to play this tournament, but I've never done anything better than first or second round, which was very disappointing for me. Every time I come I have such great crowd support. I just feel so happy to finally win this title. It means a lot to me." AP story

    It was the first final Maria has reached since returning to play in May after a long injury layoff. Maria said: "I think it was a really great week for me. Playing six matches was great leading up to the U.S. Open. I think this was really good preparation."

    Maria leads still Elena 8-3 in career matches, and won their previous two meetings: on a hardcourt in the Los Angeles quarterfinals in 2007, 6-3, 6-4, and in the 4th round of the 2008 Australian Open, 6-2, 6-0. Elena's last win over Maria had been in 2006, in the semis in LA, 7-5, 6-2.

    2008 Olympic gold medalist Elena is now 14-14 in WTA singles finals; she won the Auckland and Sydney titles earlier this year. Elena has a 50-13 match record in 2009.

    2004 Wimbledon, 2006 US Open, and 2008 Australian Open champion Maria is now 19-8 in WTA singles finals. Due to right shoulder rotator cuff tendon tears, she played only one match (a doubles match) between August, 2008, and May, 2009. She says that her shoulder has now completely healed, and her results seem to indicate that it has. Maria has a 22-7 match record this season.

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    Toronto: The 56-player main draw for the Rogers AT&T Cup has 16 seeds, with 8 1st-round byes. There are 12 qualifiers and 5 wild cards in the main draw. Qualifying (2 rounds) starts on Saturday; qualifying finals are on Sunday.
    The Rogers Cup, also known as the Canadian Open, is played alternating years in Montreal and Toronto. When the WTA is in Montreal, the ATP plays their version a week earlier in Toronto, and vice versa.

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2009: On Sunday, August 16, in Toronto, Maria Sharapova practiced at York University... On Monday, retired former WTA #1 Monica Seles was inducted into the tourney's own hall of fame, and played an exhibition match, partnered with Aleksandra Wozniak, against Martina Navratilova and Serena Williams... row 2: Earlier on Monday, players doing the Meet the Press thing included Elena Dementieva, Jelena Jankovic (last week's champ in Cincinnati), Venus Williams, Vera Zvonareva, Serena Williams, Svetlana Kuznetsova, and last year's champ in Montreal, top-seeded #1 Dinara Safina...
Toronto, 1st Rd, Mon-Tue 11am
loser's prize: $5,400 US; points: 1
#9 s9 Victoria Azarenka BLR d #40 Shuai Peng CHN 6-3, 6-3 Tue
*#49 Maria Sharapova RUS d #10 s10 Nadia Petrova RUS 6-3, 6-4 Mon

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Maria serving, Nadia following a backhand, Maria driving one, and after winning a point

    Maria now has a 8-1 career record against Nadia. Maria also defeated Nadia three weeks ago at Stanford, and at this year's French Open; Nadia's sole win over Maria came in 2005.

    Maria said: "[Nadia] had an opportunity to make the match 5-5 in the second and it was good that I finished it in two. I think we know each other's game very well; I have a pretty solid game plan when I play her and the main thing is execution. If I do what I have in mind, I'm going to win the match...
    "Coming back trying to get used to the situation again and the match, you just hope you move forward and get better and better every match. That's my goal right now. Obviously when I come into a tournament I want to win it, but the mind-set is to focus on every match." ESPN story

    Last year in Montreal, after she defeated then #58 Marta Domachowska 7-5, 5-7 6-2, in the 2nd round, Maria had MRI scans which revealed two right shoulder rotator cuff tendon tears. Scans from April, 2008, were then reexamined, and it was found that Maria had been playing with the injury since incurring it in March at Indian Wells. Maria took time off for the injury to heal, then had surgery in October when it was clear that it was not yet healing. Maria did not return to singles match play until May, 2009, in Warsaw.

    Maria said: "Coming back trying to get used to the situation again and the match, you just hope you move forward and get better and better every match. That's my goal right now. Obviously when I come into a tournament I want to win it, but the mind-set is to focus on every match."

#11 s11 Ana Ivanovic SRB d #47 q Magdalena Rybarikova SVK 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 Tue

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Ana following a backhand

    Ana said: "I felt my movement, my shots, everything was working well, but I was trying to play a little too safe, I think. [Magdalena is] a good player, and she was playing really aggressive and dominant." postmatch interview

#12 s12 Flavia Pennetta ITA d #52 q Maria Kirilenko RUS 6-3, 6-3 Tue
*#34 Alona Bondarenko UKR d #13 s13 Marion Bartoli FRA 6-4, 6-3 Mon
#14 s14 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d #31 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP 6-3, 6-3 Mon
*#26 Francesca Schiavone ITA d #15 s15 Amelie Mauresmo FRA 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 Mon

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Amelie driving a forehand, and Francesca ready to swat one

#16 s16 Dominika Cibulkova SVK d #41 Sara Errani ITA 6-4, 6-2 Tue
#17 Samantha Stosur AUS d #195 q Heidi El Tabakh CAN 7-6(2), 7-6(4) Mon
#19 Virginie Razzano FRA d #36 Ekaterina Makarova RUS 6(2)-7, 6-0, 6-2 Tue

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Virginie's backhand drive

#20 Patty Schnyder SUI d #21 Anabel Medina Garrigues ESP 6-2, 6-1 Mon
#22 Jie Zheng CHN d #32 Elena Vesnina RUS 6-3, 6-2 Tue
*#45 q Lucie Safarova CZE d #25 Kaia Kanepi EST 6-4, 7-6(3) Tue

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Lucie driving a backhand

*#61 q Yaroslava Shvedova KAZ d #27 Daniela Hantuchova SVK 7-6(1), 7-6(4) Tue
*#38 Aravane Rezai FRA d #28 Alize Cornet FRA 6-4, 7-5 Mon
#29 Sybille Bammer AUT d #51 Anna Chakvetadze RUS 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 Mon
*#71 Ai Sugiyama JPN d #30 Iveta Benesova CZE 6-3, 6-4 Mon
#33 Agnes Szavay HUN d #162 wc Valerie Tetreault CAN 6-2, 6-4 Mon
#37 Alisa Kleybanova RUS d #39 Aleksandra Wozniak CAN 6-4, 6-4 Tue

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Alisa after match point, and Aleksandra departing after the match

    Aleksandra said: "In the first set I was really close. I had chances to win the first set, but it was always tight. [Alisa] plays really an aggressive ball, and it was hard for me to change the direction like I wanted. I should have mixed up more, change up the pace and everything. I think she just stepped up in the easy short balls that I was giving her sometimes. She was taking advantage, because the first one to control the first one would win the first point.
    "So definitely there was more crucial moments where one or the other had to take advantage of it, so she definitely took the advantage. It wasn't my best tennis today, but it's always good to play at home." postmatch interview

#46 q Roberta Vinci ITA d #104 wc Stephanie Dubois CAN 6-1, 6-2 Mon
*#67 q Kateryna Bondarenko UKR d #56 q Yanina Wickmayer BEL 7-6(4), 6-2 Mon
*#101 q Alla Kudryavtseva RUS d #64 q Julie Coin FRA 2-6, 6-1, 7-6(6) Tue
#66 Shahar Peer ISR d #73 q Monica Niculescu ROU 6-4, 4-6, 7-6(4) Tue

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Shahar's forehand drive

    Shahar said: "I think I could be more aggressive today, and there were a few points that if I would finish them better instead of making so many mistakes, I think which was the main thing today. I made a lot of errors, unforced errors, and I hope for next match, for tomorrow, I be able to do less, because this is the main key for today." postmatch interview

#NR wc Kim Clijsters BEL d #104 q Elena Baltacha GBR 6-3, 6-4 Tue

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Kim driving a backhand

    Kim said: "I felt heavy out there. The good thing was that my serve was going well. That's something that in Cincinnati wasn't going too well. That's the good thing, but then again, I just have to try and keep that consistency going. But I'm happy I won." postmatch interview

Toronto, 2nd Rd, Tue-Wed 11am
losers' prize: $10,275 US; points: 60
*#38 Aravane Rezai FRA d #1 s1 Dinara Safina RUS 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 Wed

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Aravane serving, Dinara and Aravane driving forehand and backhand, and Aravane after match point

    Aravane's previous best win was over then #2 Maria Sharapova in the semifinals at Istanbul in 2007, 6-2, 6-4.

    Dinara said: "It's my brain. I know exactly what I have to do, but if I'm not using my brain, I'm not doing the things my coach is telling me. ... [I'm] too disappointed with myself...
    "Ball toss disaster. I don't move my legs, I'm jumping backwards instead of jumping forwards, I'm kicking it too much instead of hitting it more, I drop my head, I don't hold the left arm. It's so much. I know this all, and I'm still so stupid that I'm continuing to do it...
    "How can [my coach, Zjelko Krajan] help me if I'm not doing anything? I have a game plan and I step on the court, and I do completely the opposite thing. He was just frustrated ... he left the court. He said, 'When I'm telling you one thing, and you do completely the opposite thing and you're losing, you're just moving backwards...'
    "I will take a few days off. I think this is the best ... you know, just to recover and rest. Not much you can do, you know." AP story - postmatch interview

    Aravane said: "I'm very sorry for [Dinara] because I don't like [defeating] a player who's not confident. I prefer to beat a player in good shape. I'm a player that feels when I lose, it's the worst moment in my life." postmatch interview

#2 s2 Serena Williams USA d #61 q Yaroslava Shvedova KAZ 6-3, 6-2 Wed

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Yaroslava driving a backhand, and Serena following a splits forehand

    Serena said: "I'm really flexible, and... I just love doing the splits off the court, and so I never really expect to do it on the court per se. On the hardcourts sometimes you can slide, and before you know it, you just do the splits. It was just total coincidental, but it was like a great G moment. I was like, 'Oh, my God.' I couldn't believe I hit the ball down the line and won the point. I was so shocked." postmatch interview

*#67 q Kateryna Bondarenko UKR d #3 s3 Venus Williams USA 1-6, 7-5, 6-4Tue

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Kateryna serving, Venus and Kateryna driving backhand and forehand, and Kateryna after match point

    It was the biggest victory of Kateryna's career (by rank). Her previous best win was over then #5 Ana Ivanovic in the 2nd round at Stuttgart in 2007, 6-2, 1-6, 6-3. The loss left Venus with an 0-3 career record at the Rogers Cup.

    Kateryna said: "I don't know what to say. I just played my game." AP story - postmatch interview

    Venus said: "[Kateryna] played well. She really started playing consistently, and unfortunately I made too many errors. I would have liked to have played a cleaner match." postmatch interview

#4 s4 Elena Dementieva RUS d #71 Ai Sugiyama JPN 6-3, 6-2 Wed

    Elena said: "I know [Ai] very well. We used to play doubles together. So I knew exactly what to expect today in the match, so I was trying not to stand at crosscourt, because I know she's an incredible doubles player and this is her favorite shot to make. I was trying to move around the court, and [it] looks like I was able to do this." postmatch interview

#5 s5 Jelena Jankovic SRB d #20 Patty Schnyder SUI 7-5, 6-4 Wed
*#17 Samantha Stosur AUS d #6 s6 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS 6-4, 6-3 Tue
#7 s7 Vera Zvonareva RUS d #46 q Roberta Vinci ITA 6-3, 6-3 Wed
*#22 Jie Zheng CHN d #8 s8 Caroline Wozniacki DEN 7-5, 6-3 Wed

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Agnes and Jie driving forehands

*#NR wc Kim Clijsters BEL d #9 s9 Victoria Azarenka BLR 7-5, 4-6, 6-1 Wed

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Kim and Vika driving a forehands, and Kim after match point

    Kim said: "Yesterday after my match I didn't really—I was happy that I won—but I kind of had a different feeling out there. I think today that was a lot better.
    "I think I just fought really well and I felt like I was, you know, playing the level that I want to play. I'm still not consistent enough, but you know, most of the time, I think that's why I won.
    "Even after being up in that second set and losing it, I think I stayed really focused and just tried to focus on what got me there, what got me to be leading in the match and just try to refocus on that and just trying to keep doing that in the third set." postmatch interview

*#45 q Lucie Safarova CZE d #11 s11 Ana Ivanovic SRB 3-6, 7-5, 6-3 Wed

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Lucie and Ana driving forehand and backhand

*#19 Virginie Razzano FRA d #12 s12 Flavia Pennetta ITA 6-3, 6-1 Wed
#14 s14 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d #33 Agnes Szavay HUN 6-1, 6-1 Wed
*#37 Alisa Kleybanova RUS d #16 s16 Dominika Cibulkova SVK 6-1, 4-6, 7-6(4) Wed
*#66 Shahar Peer ISR d #26 Francesca Schiavone ITA 7-6(2), 6-4 Wed
*#49 Maria Sharapova RUS d #29 Sybille Bammer AUT 6-3, 7-6(5) Wed

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Maria slicing a serve, Sybille about to connect with a backhand and Maria a lefty forehand
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    Maria managed to win despite converting only 5 of 15 break points (Sybille: 4 of 4), and serving 17 double faults—the same number that #1 Dinara Safina had in losing to Aravane Rezai.

    Maria said: "I'm actually having a competition with myself to see how many errors and double faults I can make and still win the match in two sets. It's pretty interesting... I thought, for some reason, the more I was out there today the worse I was playing. I'm not sure if it was her game or something else, but I certainly need to step it up." postmatch interview

#34 Alona Bondarenko UKR d #101 q Alla Kudryavtseva RUS 6-3, 6-0 Wed

Toronto, 3rd Rd, Thu 11am
losers' prize: $20,000 US; points: 110
#2 s2 Serena Williams USA d #34 Alona Bondarenko UKR 6-1, 6-4

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Serena tossing the ball for her serve, and Alona and Serena driving backhands

    About the 2nd set, Serena said: "I just was trying to be perfect, and then I just couldn't get my serve in and got frustrated. I've been practicing a lot on my serve. It just hasn't been well. I think in any case that can be frustrating." postmatch interview

#4 s4 Elena Dementieva RUS d #66 Shahar Peer ISR 6-1, 1-6, 6-4

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Elena driving a forehand, Shahar following a backhand, and Elena following another forehand

    Elena said: "Shahar is such a fighter. I play her couple of times, and I know she never gives up. She play till the end. She fight for every point. She's this kind of a player that you really have to work it out on the court. Today she was not starting very well, but somehow she was able to be more aggressive in the second set, you know, and just play some good tennis, a lot of winners. I knew it was going to be tough match." postmatch interview

    About her quarterfinal opponent, Elena said: "Samantha Stosur? Well, I play her in Australia and I lost to her in French Open. But I think she has such a big weapon, like a kick serve and the forehand is very powerful. So she's a very solid player with big weapons in her game. I think she improved a lot, so it's going to be tough match. I was watching her against Svetlana in the first round. I think she was very impressive. I'm just looking forward to this challenge."

    About the Rogers Cup, Elena said: "I think this tournament is one of the best organized. They have done such great work for the players. We just feel overwhelmed when we're here."

#5 s5 Jelena Jankovic SRB d #NR wc Kim Clijsters BEL 1-6, 6-3, 7-5

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Kim and Jelena driving backhands

*#49 Maria Sharapova RUS d #7 s7 Vera Zvonareva RUS 6-2, 7-6(3)

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Maria serving, Vera driving a forehand, and Maria's backhand drive

    The match started late due to a tornado warning. Maria played a much better match than she had in the 3rd round, putting 74% of her 1st serves in the box, winning 70% of her 1st serve points, firing 4 aces with 5 double faults, and converting 5 of 7 break point opportunities (Vera: 56% of 1st serves in, 54% of 1st serve points won, 1 ace, 8 DFs, converted 3 of 7 break points).

    Although Maria now leads Vera 6-3 in career matches; Vera has always been a tough opponent for Maria.

    Maria said: "I thought it was a step up, definitely, and I had to against somebody that I've had trouble against in the past who I usually play three sets against. It was good to finish the match in two, but I really had no choice. I had to pick it up... The number [of unforced erros] was a lot lower than it was in my previous match. That was very important against [Vera]." postmatch interview

#14 s14 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d #67 q Kateryna Bondarenko UKR 7-5, 6-3
#17 Samantha Stosur AUS d #19 Virginie Razzano FRA 6-3, 6-1

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Samantha watching her serve fly

    Samantha said: "Well this is the second time I have written this blog tonight. I got it all finished and managed to delete it before sending it. Hate it when that happens!

    "Today was a great day for me at the tennis. I won both my singles and doubles matches in straight sets and played well, so I'm happy with that. I was able to get back to the hotel before the rain came too, which is even better. There was tons of thunder and lightning, they even had tornado warnings on the TV, but I think the weather people got a bit excited as the rain cleared pretty soon after. This week I'm on the 20th floor so I felt even closer to all the action going on up in the sky... can't say I really enjoyed it though.

    "I have been told I will go to No.15 in the rankings by making it to the quarters this week. I'm very excited about that. Alicia [Molik, former #8] was the last Aussie to make it there and higher so I'm happy to be there now too. Speaking of her, she is making her comeback next week in New Haven in doubles. It will be great to see Mol back on the court and have another friendly face around the Tour. I hope she does well in her return to tennis." Toronto player's blog by Samantha Stosur

*#45 q Lucie Safarova CZE d #22 Jie Zheng CHN 7-6(3), 6-4

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Jie about to slice a backhand, and Lucie after match point

    Lucie said: "It's very tough condition outside, because the wind is changing and it was very tough to get used to it and get the rhythm on the court. But I think that I did it pretty well, and it was of course tough match. Zheng is playing very well, and I'm very happy that I won...
    "I'm trying to play aggressive from both sides, and today [my 1st serve] percentage was so high [80%] of course because I wasn't going so much on first serve. I wasn't trying to serve so flat and fast as I do usually because it was so windy. It's very tough to serve flat and fast. So I was more using my rotation than that." postmatch interview

#37 Alisa Kleybanova RUS d #38 Aravane Rezai FRA 6-3, 6-4

Toronto, QFs, Fri 11am
losers' prize: $40,000 US; points: 200
#2 s2 Serena Williams USA d #45 q Lucie Safarova CZE 6-3, 6-2

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Serena twisting a serve, Lucie firing a cannonball, Serena running down a forehand, and after match point

    Serena said: "I actually felt really good out there. I felt like I was really consistent. I felt like I was moving really well." postmatch interview

    Serena will play Elena Dementieva in the semifinals on Saturday. Serena leads Elena in 6-3 career matches, and Serena won the last two times they played, on a cholorphyll court in the semifinals this year at Wimbledon, 6(4)-7, 7-5, 8-6, and on a Plexipave hardcourt in the semis of this year's Australian Open, 6-3, 6-4. In both cases Serena went on to win the title two days later.

    Serena said: "I think it will be a great match. I feel like, you know, she is obviously a great player. Our last match [in the Wimbledon semifinals] was really insane. So it will be another good match. I love playing her. We've been playing each other a lot this year. It will be good."

#4 s4 Elena Dementieva RUS d #17 Samantha Stosur AUS 6(3)-7, 6-1, 6-3

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Elena serving, Samantha and Elena driving forehand and backhand, and Elena after match point

    Elena said: "It was quite windy out there. It was not easy to play, but in this kind of day, you just try to be very aggressive with your footwork, trying to get very close to the balls and just to get good control on the racquet head; go for the shots, because if you're going to wait, the wind is going come with the ball and it's going to be very difficult to control it...
    "[Eight breaks of serve in the 1st set] was really unusual. Especially for [Samantha]—she has one of the biggest serves on the tour, and it's not easy to break her. I was able to do this, but my own serve was not aggressive enough. It was very slow and I couldn't really put the first serve in. I felt like 'I just need to focus on my service game and then I'm going to break her.'" postmatch interview

*#37 Alisa Kleybanova RUS d #5 s5 Jelena Jankovic SRB 6(6)-7, 7-6(7), 6-2

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Alisa twisting a serve, Jelena and Alisa driving backhands, and Alisa after match point

    Alisa said: "I had a win against Venus in Madrid and she was I think No. 3 at that time. For me today it's not as much about the ranking. It's about my game. I think so far as I've beaten already a few players this level. I think today was the best match that I've done for myself...
    "I think I did a good job really playing fast and low without letting [Jelena] having too much time to prepare, because she's a really smart player. I think also physically she's maybe one of the best players on tour, running around the court and placing the balls out there. She's doing amazing job. So for me, it was very important to play fast so she doesn't have time to do all the tactical things. I'm happy about what I did." postmatch interview

    Jelena said: "I had a match point in the second set in the tiebreaker, but she hit that really slow second serve, and I didn't expect it. I was too far back. I didn't use that chance. I had one chance. I had a match point, and I didn't take it. In the third, I was exhausted. My energy and everything went down, and she took advantage of that...
    "The way [Alisa] plays was tough, because she hits those shots so low and so flat. It gave me a lot of difficulties to play my game. I wasn't able to attack, and she found some angles which I wasn't expecting. I would pull her out of the court, and all of a sudden she would hit the line and I don't know how she came up with some of the shots. I never played against her. I didn't know her game that well, and it took me some time to see how she's playing, what she's doing." postmatch interview

*#49 Maria Sharapova RUS d #14 s14 Agnieszka Radwanska POL 6-2, 7-6(5)

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Maria about to serve, Agnieszka waiting to slice a backhand, Maria driving one, and after winning a point

Toronto, SFs, Sat 3pm & 7pm
loser's prize: $87,500 US; points: 350
*#4 s4 Elena Dementieva RUS d #2 s2 Serena Williams USA 7-6(2), 6-1

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Elena driving a forehand, Serena and Elena driving backhands, and Elena after match point

    Both players served just one ace with only two double faults. But Elena put 73% of her 1st serves in the box, and scored on 64% of her 1st serve points (Serena: 60% and 54%). Elena also converted 5 of 10 break point opportunities against Serena (Serena: 3 of 7).

    Serena said: "I don't think I had too many service problems. I think I served better than I did my first two rounds." AP story - postmatch interview

    Serena still leads Elena in 6-4 career matches, and Serena won their previous two meetings, on a cholorphyll court in the semifinals this year at Wimbledon, 6(4)-7, 7-5, 8-6, and on a Plexipave hardcourt in the semis of this year's Australian Open, 6-3, 6-4. In both cases Serena went on to win the title two days later.

    Elena said: "I was really waiting for this match after Wimbledon. It's always very interesting to play against Serena, and I was looking for revenge after Wimbledon. I was very positive on the court, and very satisfied with the way I was playing." postmatch interview

    Elena's previous win over Serena was also this year, on Plexipave in the semis at Sydney, 6-3. 6-1. Elena won the Sydney title the next day.

*#49 Maria Sharapova RUS d #37 Alisa Kleybanova RUS 6-2, 4-6, 6-4

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Maria twisting a serve, Alisa driving a forehand, Maria following one, and after match point

    Alisa took a 3-1 lead in the 3rd set, but Maria then broke Alisa's serve twice. Serving for the match at 5-4, Maria finished with two aces.

    Maria will play Elena Dementieva in the Toronto final on Sunday. Maria leads Elena 8-2 in career matches, and won their last two meetings: on a hardcourt in the Los Angeles quarterfinals in 2007, 6-3, 6-4, and in the 4th round of the 2008 Australian Open, 6-2, 6-0. Elena's last win over Maria was in 2006 in the semis in LA, 7-5, 6-2.

    Maria said: "[Elena is] a grinder. She makes you hit a lot of balls. You really have to be steady with her, and take your opportunities when you get them." postmatch interview

Toronto, Final, Sun 1:30pm
loser's prize: $175,000 US; points: 550
winner's prize: $350,000 US; points: 800
#4 s4 Elena Dementieva RUS d #49 Maria Sharapova RUS 6-4, 6-3

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Elena driving a forehand, Maria following one, Elena driving a backhand, and after match point

Toronto, Doubles Final, Sun after singles
losers' prize: $50,000 US
winners' prize: $100,000 US
cdr35 s6 Nuria Llagostera Vives & Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez d cdr13 s3 Samantha Stosur & Rennae Stubbs 2-6, 7-5, (11-9)

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Maria Jose & Nuria


Toronto, Qual Finals, Sun Aug 16 10am
losers' prizes: q1 $1,500 1pt; q2 $2,900 20pts; qualifier 30 points
*#73 Monica Niculescu ROU d #42 Gisela Dulko ARG 2-6, 6-1, 6-3
#45 Lucie Safarova CZE d #62 Urszula Radwanska POL 6-2, 2-6, 7-6(2)
#46 Roberta Vinci ITA d #57 Lucie Hradecka CZE 6-4, 6-2
#47 Magdalena Rybarikova SVK d #140 Anastasia Rodionova AUS/RUS 6-3, 6-1
#52 Maria Kirilenko RUS d #69 Petra Kvitova CZE 6-1, 6-0
*#64 Julie Coin FRA d #53 Andrea Petkovic GER 7-6(8), 3-6, 7-6(5)
#56 Yanina Wickmayer BEL d #182 Sharon Fichman CAN 6-3, 6-2
*#101 Alla Kudryavtseva RUS d #58 Tathiana Garbin ITA 6-2, 6-2
#61 Yaroslava Shvedova KAZ d #115 Ekaterina Bychkova RUS 6-1, 6-4
#67 Kateryna Bondarenko UKR d #86 Alberta Brianti ITA 7-6(4), 6-1
*#104 Elena Baltacha GBR d #72 Kristina Barrois GER 7-6(7), 6-2
*#195 Heidi El Tabakh CAN d #74 Sania Mirza IND 6-1, 3-6, 6-3


Toronto, Withdrawals
#18 Na Li CHN right knee injury
#23 Sabine Lisicki GER
#55 Anne Keothavong GBR out for the year

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