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n1 Serena Williams USA
n4 Agnieszka Radwanska POL
n5 Na Li CHN
n6 Sara Errani ITA
n7 Petra Kvitova CZE
n8 Marion Bartoli FRA
n9 Angelique Kerber GER
n10 Caroline Wozniacki DEN
n11 Roberta Vinci ITA
n12 Maria Kirilenko RUS
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Toronto:

#28 Sorana Cirstea
5' 9" 130lb RH 2H-BH
Toronto:

#1 Serena Williams
5'9" 150lb RH 2H-BH


    On Sunday at Toronto, in the final of the Rogers Cup, the 2013 champ at Roland Garros, Rome, Madrid, Charleston, Miami, Brisbane & Bastad, 31 year old top seeded #1 Serena Williams from Palm Beach Gardens, FL, defeated the 2008 Tashkent champion (and a 2009 French Open quarterfinalist), 23 year old #28 (career high: #23) Sorana Cirstea from Targoviste, Romania, 6-2, 6-0 (Sorana is shown during the match; Serena is shown holding the transparent racket afterward).

    Serena's prize is $426,000; Sorana's prize is $213,000.

    Serena won 78% of her 1st serve points and 54% of her 2nd serve points while scoring on 6 of the 9 break points she reached against Sorana and totaling 56 points in the match.

    Sorana won 56% of her 1st serve points, but only 17% of her 2nd serve points, while converting 1 of her 2 break points against Serena and totaling 31 points in the match.

    At the award ceremony, Serena hugged and consoled a visibly unhappy Sorana. Serena said: "You're so young, I wish I was 23, don't be sad! You've beaten so many top players this week and you're really such a good player. [To the crowd] Sorana's one of the nicest girls on tour and has such a bright future." WTA story

    At her postmatch press interview, Serena said: "I knew [Sorana] had had a lot of big wins and a lot of momentum going into this match... I knew it wasn't going to be an easy match for me today. I knew I had to play better today than last night. With that in mind, I just tried to do that."

    Sorana said: "I actually had really good chances in all of the first three games. Sadly I found myself down 3-0 a little bit too quick. I managed to get back to 3-2, but 4-2 was an important game, and I had kind of an easy ball to get to 4-3 but missed it. [Serena] got better as the match went along. And I wasn't able to pick up my game as I was in the past few matches."

    Serena now leads Sorana 3-0 in career matches. Their previous meeting was earlier this year on red clay in the 3rd round at Roland Garros, when Serena defeated Sorana 6-0, 6-2.

    Serena is now 54-16 in WTA singles finals; Toronto is her 8th title this year. She has a 56-3 singles match record in 2013, losing only to Sabine Lisicki, Victoria Azarenka, and Sloane Stephens.

    Sorana is now 1-2 in WTA singles finals. She has a 29-20 singles match record this season.

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    Toronto: The 56-player main draw for the Rogers 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. Centre Court in Montreal, "Uniprix Stadium," has seating for 11,437 people.

2012: On Sunday, August 5 in Montreal, good looking young ladies at the player party included
Daniela Hantuchova, Sorana Cirstea, Stephanie Dubois, Genie Bouchard, Jelena Jankovic, and Ana Ivanovic...
Toronto, 1st Rd, Mon-Tue 11am
loser's prize: $6,400 US; points: 1
n11 s10 Roberta Vinci ITA d n42 Julia Goerges GER 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 Mon

    Roberta said: "[Julia is] a great player and she played a good first set. I was 3-0 down in the third set. It was difficult. There was a lot of wind, especially on one side. In the third I tried to play aggressive and also put a lot of balls in the court because sometimes she plays an unbelievable game, then sometimes not so good. She has a lot of ups and downs. The most important thing is I won the match, though." WTA story

n12 s11 Maria Kirilenko RUS d n95 q Petra Martic CRO 6-2, 6-1 Tue

Maria driving a backhand

n13 s12 Samantha Stosur AUS d n123 q Julia Glushko ISR 5-7, 6-2, 6-3 Tue
n14 s13 Kirsten Flipkens BEL d n36 Venus Williams USA 0-6, 6-4, 6-2 Tue

 
Venus launching a forehand on the run, and Kirsten volleying a backhand

    Venus had not played since Roland Garros due to nagging back trouble. Venus said: "I wasn't expecting to play that well in the first set, so in the second set I just didn't handle it well. I was pretty close to closing that match out there. Then I got down in the third. I think I just sprayed a few balls and got a little tentative. I definitely didn't make the best choices out there, but in general it was really fun to be back out there again, and I'm getting ready for Cincinnati next week."

n15 s14 Sloane Stephens USA d n38 Kristina Mladenovic FRA 6-2, 7-6(5) Mon

Sloane following a backhand

    Sloane said: "It was definitely tough. [Kristina] upped her game a lot in the second set. Sometimes it's going to be a little up and down, but I thought I stayed pretty solid and managed to get through it."

n16 s15 Jelena Jankovic SRB d n94 q Anna Tatishvili GEO 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-3 Tue
n17 s16 Ana Ivanovic SRB d n41 Su-Wei Hsieh TPE 6-1, 6-2 Tue

Ana about to slice a backhand

n19 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP d n24 Jamie Hampton USA 6-4, 6-4 Tue
n21 Dominika Cibulkova SVK d n71 q Jana Cepelova SVK 7-5, 6-4 Mon
*n31 Alize Cornet FRA d n22 Elena Vesnina RUS 6-3, 6-3 Tue
n25 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS d n697 q Carol Zhao CAN 6-1, 6-3 Mon
n27 Ekaterina Makarova RUS d n127 q Anastasia Rodionova AUS 6-1, 7-5 Tue
n28 Sorana Cirstea ROU d n180 q Olga Savchuk UKR 6-2, 6-3 Mon
*n84 q Lauren Davis USA d n29 LL Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS 3-6, 7-5, 7-5 Tue
*n35 Klara Zakopalova CZE d n30 Lucie Safarova CZE 5-7, 6-3, 6-1 Mon
n33 Mona Barthel GER d n54 Jie Zheng CHN 6(3)-7, 6-3, 7-6(1) Mon

Mona driving a backhand

n37 Varvara Lepchenko USA d n52 LL Ayumi Morita JPN 6-3, 6-1 Mon
n43 Magdalena Rybarikova SVK d n256 q Alexandra Dulgheru ROU 6-4, 6-3 Tue
*n85 sr Flavia Pennetta ITA d n39 Urszula Radwanska POL 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 Mon

Flavia about to swat a forehand

n55 Francesca Schiavone ITA d n70 q Chanelle Scheepers RSA 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 Tue
*n57 Yanina Wickmayer BEL d n56 LL B Mattek-Sands USA 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 Mon
n58 wc Eugenie Bouchard CAN d n602 sr Alisa Kleybanova RUS 6-3, 6-1 Tue

Genie after match point

    Alisa is returning to WTA play after being sidelined by Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Alisa said: "[Genie] played really well. There wasn't really much I could do at the moment, but it's always an experience for me. I'm not expecting it to be easy to come back and play unbelievable tennis after such a big break. So I'm just taking it one step at a time and I'm getting ready for my next tournaments right now. I'm just going to take the lessons out of this match but not think about it too much, and just look forward from here to the next matches." WTA story

    Eugenie said: "[Alisa] has been very good, and I'm sure she will get back to being really good. I wasn't too sure what to be prepared for, but I felt like I was ready for anything. I was able to play really solid today. I was happy with how the match went out there."

n68 q Kiki Bertens NED d n96 q Alison Riske USA 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 Mon
n119 wc Sharon Fichman CAN d n163 wc Stephanie Dubois CAN 5-7, 6-2, 6-2 Tue

Sharon driving a forehand

Toronto, 2nd Rd, Tue-Wed 11am
losers' prize: $12,200 US; points: 70
n1 s1 Serena Williams USA d n55 Francesca Schiavone ITA 6-3, 6-2 Wed

Serena launching a backhand

    Serena said: "I felt good. I felt solid. Obviously I made a few errors, but it's just my first match on hard in a really long time. I also played a really good player, so it was a good match. It took me a few games to adjust to [Francesca's] game, but it's good that she played like that because of my next opponent. Now I feel like I'm completely adjusted, and I feel good going into the next round." WTA story

n4 s3 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d n57 Yanina Wickmayer BEL 6-2, 6-3 Tue
n5 s4 Na Li CHN d n25 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova RUS 6-1, 6-4 Wed

Na driving a backhand

    Na said: "Of course the first match is always tough, especially here because I didn't play any tournaments for three or four weeks after Wimbledon, but I was feeling pretty good. I was still a little bit nervous out there, which is natural, but I was fighting a lot on the court and I'm happy to win today."

n6 s5 Sara Errani ITA d n35 Klara Zakopalova CZE 6-2, 7-6(2) Wed
n7 s6 Petra Kvitova CZE d n58 wc Eugenie Bouchard CAN 6-3, 6-2 Wed
n8 s7 wc Marion Bartoli FRA d n84 q Lauren Davis USA 6-0, 6-3 Wed

 
Lauren about to swat a backhand, and Marion driving a forehand

    Marion said: "I was surprised I started so well, honestly. I hadn't played on hardcourt for a while, and also the last two times I played in Toronto I lost first round. So I just wanted to enjoy myself on the court and try my hardest, and being able to win 60 63 was obviously pretty good for me. I think I played well, and I'm very pleased with the way I handled everything on the court today." WTA story

n21 Dominika Cibulkova SVK d n9 s8 Angelique Kerber GER 6(0)-7, 6-2, 7-5 Tue

 
Domi and Angelique driving forehands

    Domi said: "Angelique was putting everything back. Her defensive game is really good, and I just had to be patient and aggressive at the same time today. You have to go for it. When you make some mistakes you get a little nervous - in a match it's a little bit different than in practice. But you just have to keep going for it, and in the end I made it today, so I was really happy." WTA story

*n28 Sorana Cirstea ROU d n10 s9 Caroline Wozniacki DEN 5-7, 7-6(0), 6-4 Wed

    Sorana said: "We always have tough matches, and [that] was probably one of the toughest. I was two match points down and from there on actually I feel like I kind of won the match, because from there I won 15 straight points. I started to take charge and be in control of the points."

n11 s10 Roberta Vinci ITA d n27 Ekaterina Makarova RUS 6-0, 6-4 Wed
*n31 Alize Cornet FRA d n12 s11 Maria Kirilenko RUS 7-5, 7-5 Wed
n13 s12 Samantha Stosur AUS d n19 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP 1-6, 6-2, 6-3 Wed
n14 s13 Kirsten Flipkens BEL d n68 q Kiki Bertens NED 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 Wed
n15 s14 Sloane Stephens USA d n33 Mona Barthel GER 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 Wed
n16 s15 Jelena Jankovic SRB d n119 wc Sharon Fichman CAN 6-4, 7-6(6) Wed

Jelena following a backhand

n17 s16 Ana Ivanovic SRB d n85 sr Flavia Pennetta ITA 6-4, 6-4 Wed
*n43 Magdalena Rybarikova SVK d n37 Varvara Lepchenko USA 6-4, 6-2 Wed

Toronto, 3rd Rd, Thu 11am
losers' prize: $23,730 US; points: 125
n1 s1 Serena Williams USA d n14 s13 Kirsten Flipkens BEL 6-0, 6-3

Serena driving a backhand

    Kirsten had also lost the 1st set 0-6 nefore recovering to defeat Serena's sister Venus in the 1st round on Tuesday.

    Serena said: "After I won the first set I definitely thought about Venus, and I thought about what a good comeback Kirsten had, so I thought, 'I'm not going to get overconfident.' [Kirsten is] obviously a really good player, so I was just trying to stay really focused as well as really intense at that moment." WTA story

n4 s3 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d n15 s14 Sloane Stephens USA 6-1, 7-6(2)

    Agnieszka said: "I played Sloane a few times before and it was always long and tough three set matches. I knew it was going to be tough. She's a very solid player, very consistent. She's not giving any free points. So we had lots of good rallies. It was a quick first set, but I think she started playing much better in the second set. Suddenly it was 1-4. I knew I had to start playing much more aggressively there, and especially in the end of the second set, and in the tie-break, as well. I had a couple of good shots in the important moments and was able to come back in that set." WTA story

n5 s4 Na Li CHN d n17 s16 Ana Ivanovic SRB 3-6, 6-1, 7-6(5)

 
Ana and Na driving forehand and backhand

    Na said: "I was surprised because [Ana] was playing so aggressive... At the start of the second set I began hitting the ball into the court more, though I was still hitting the ball [hard], because if I played a little bit soft, she was attacking a lot. I was just trying to see if I could turn it around, and I'm happy I was able to. I was happy with how I played today. Sometimes you can't play your best, but you just hang in there until the end."

n6 s5 Sara Errani ITA d n31 Alize Cornet FRA 7-5, 7-6(3)
n7 s6 Petra Kvitova CZE d n13 s12 Samantha Stosur AUS 6-3, 6-3
*n43 Magdalena Rybarikova SVK d n8 s7 wc Marion Bartoli FRA 7-6(5) retired—abdominal strain
*n21 Dominika Cibulkova SVK d n11 s10 Roberta Vinci ITA 6-3, 7-6(4)
*n28 Sorana Cirstea ROU d n16 s15 Jelena Jankovic SRB 6-3, 6-4

Toronto, QFs, Fri 11am
losers' prize: $49,040 US; points: 225
n1 s1 Serena Williams USA d n43 Magdalena Rybarikova SVK 6-1, 6-1

Serena serving

    Serena said: "I'm definitely feeling pretty good, playing much better than I have in the past month, I'd say. I'm glad I'm getting back to the feeling and getting into a good rhythm out there again." WTA story

n4 s3 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d n6 s5 Sara Errani ITA 7-6(1), 7-5

Agnieszka driving a backhand

n5 s4 Na Li CHN d n21 Dominika Cibulkova SVK 7-6(1), 6-2

 
Na driving a forehand, and Domi serving

    Na said: "I've never lost to [Dominika], but every time is tough. She's running pretty fast on the court and she can hit everywhere on the court, so we never have an easy one. I really have to be ready for every second out there, otherwise I'll lose the point. So she's still a very tough opponent for me, for sure." WTA story

*n28 Sorana Cirstea ROU d n7 s6 Petra Kvitova CZE 4-6, 7-5, 6-2

Sorana driving a forehand

    Sorana said: "There were a few moments that were up and down but I'm happy with the way I played. I fought hard for the win and managed quite well in the most important moments today."

Toronto, SFs, Sat 1pm & 6:30pm
loser's prize: $104,700 US; points: 395
n1 s1 Serena Williams USA d n4 s3 Agnieszka Radwanska POL 7-6(3), 6-4
n28 Sorana Cirstea ROU d n5 s4 Na Li CHN 6-1, 7-6(5)

   
Na and Sorana driving forehands, and Sori after match point

    After Sorana failed to convert two match points while leading 6-5 in the 2nd, Na broke her to force the tiebreaker. Na had a 4-1 lead in the tiebreak, but Sori then won 6 of the next 7 points to take the match.

    Sorana said: "I was very focused from the start, and even when [Na] started to push me in the second set, I was still playing quite well, except those two match points at 6-5, of course, when I think I got a little bit tight. I'm happy with how I fought in the end and I'm really happy to finish the match in two sets." WTA story

    Na said: "I thought I could win the second set, but when I was up 5-2 in the set and 4-1 in the tie-break, I just didn't catch my chance. [Sorana] played a little bit differently today than she usually plays. Before she was always shoot, shoot—but today she was playing topspin sometimes."

Toronto, Final, Sun 1pm
loser's prize: $213,000 US; points: 620
winner's prize: $426,000 US; points: 900
n1 s1 Serena Williams d n28 Sorana Cirstea ROU 6-2, 6-0

   
Serena serving, and Sorana and Serena driving backhands

Toronto, Doubles Final, Sun
losers' prize: $61,600 US
winners' prize: $122,000 US
Jelena Jankovic & Katarina Srebotnik d s3 Kveta Peschke & Anna-Lena Groenefeld 5-7, 6-2, (10-6)

Toronto, Qual Finals, Sun Aug 4 10am
losers' prizes: q1 $1,620 1pt; q2 $2,670 20pts; qualifier 30 points
*n84 Lauren Davis USA d n29 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS 5-7, 6-4, 6-4
*n127 Anastasia Rodionova AUS d n40 Madison Keys USA walkover—right shoulder injury
*n95 Petra Martic CRO d n52 Ayumi Morita JPN 1-6, 6-4, 6-0
*n96 Alison Riske USA d n56 Bethanie Mattek-Sands USA 7-6(2), 6-4(7), 6-0
n68 Kiki Bertens NED d n79 Paula Ormaechea ARG 3-6, 6-1, 6-2
*n94 Anna Tatishvili GEO d n69 Johanna Larsson SWE 6-0, 6-2
n70 Chanelle Scheepers RSA d n83 Caroline Garcia FRA 6-1, 6-3
n71 Jana Cepelova SVK d n298 Oksana Kalashnikova GEO 3-6, 6-0, 7-6(4)
*n697 Carol Zhao CAN d n75 Irina-Camelia Begu ROU 6-4, 6-4
*n256 Alexandra Dulgheru ROU d n82 Galina Voskoboeva KAZ 7-6(5), 6-2
*n180 Olga Savchuk UKR d n90 Lara Arruabarrena ESP 6-4, 6-1
n123 Julia Glushko ISR d n214 Gabriela Dabrowski CAN 6-3, 6-4

Toronto, Withdrawals
n2 Maria Sharapova RUS left hip injury
n2 s2 wc Victoria Azarenka BLR low back injury
n18 Sabine Lisicki GER right wrist injury
n20 Nadia Petrova RUS left thigh injury
n23 Simona Halep ROU low back injury
n26 Kaia Kanepi EST low back injury
n32 Laura Robson GBR wrist injury
n34 Shuai Peng CHN
n50 Bojana Jovanovski SRB right wrist injury


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