2015 WTA Toronto Rogers Cup (Canadian Open) Women's Singles Tennis Results (Sports - WTA Tennis)    

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n1 Serena Williams USA
n4 Petra Kvitova CZE
n5 Caroline Wozniacki DEN
n6 Ana Ivanovic SRB
n7 Agnieszka Radwanska POL
n8 Lucie Safarova CZE
n9 Garbine Muguruza ESP
n10 Carla Suarez Navarro ESP
n11 Karolina Pliskova CZE
n12 Ekaterina Makarova RUS
n13 Timea Bacsinszky SUI
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Toronto:

#3 Simona Halep
5'6" 141lb RH 2H-BH
Toronto:

#22 Belinda Bencic
5'9" 139lb RH 2H-BH


    On Sunday at Toronto, Canada, in the final of the Rogers Cup, the 2015 champion at Eastbourne, 18 year old #22 (career high: #22) Belinda Bencic from Flawil, Switzerland, defeated the 2015 champion at Dubai and Shenzhen, 23 year old 2nd seeded #3 (career high: #2) Simona Halep from Constanta, Romania, 7-6(5), 6(4)-7, 3-0 retired when Simona could not continue due to a leg injury and heat illness (Simona is shown during the match; Belinda is shown holding the hardware afterward).

    Belinda's prize is $456,000; Simona's prize is $227,640.

    Belinda said: "I want to congratulate Simona on a great week, and my mom, my dad and my team. And my fitness coach. I really needed my fitness today! And also Melanie Molitor, my coach, a big 'thank you' to you too." WTA story

    Simona said: "I was thinking I needed a miracle to finish the match... [trailing 0-3 in the 3rd set] it didn't make sense to continue."

    Simona and Belinda had met only once before, last year on a chlorophyll court in the 3rd round of The Championships at Wimbledon, when Simona defeated Belinda 6-4, 6-1.

    Belinda is now 2-2 in WTA singles finals; she has a 31-17 singles match record this season.

    Simona is now 11-7 in WTA singles finals. Her singles match record in 2015 is 36-10.

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Rogers Cup,  Toronto, Canada

 
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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.
 

  Rexall Center, York University, Toronto Lat.: 43.770675 Long.: -79.511297

    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 noon
loser's prize: $6,845 US; points: 1
Monday: rain stopped play; 10 matches ppd-Tue
*n27 A Cornet FRA d n10 s9 C Suarez Navarro ESP 6-3, 6(2)-7, 6-4 Mon-rain-Tue
*n49 q M Lucic-Baroni CRO d n11 s10 Ka Pliskova CZE 2-6, 7-6(5), 6-2 Tue
n12 s11 Ekaterina Makarova RUS d n125 q Anna Tatishvili USA 6-3, 6-3 Tue
*n59 Alison Riske USA d n13 s12 Timea Bacsinszky SUI 3-6, 7-6(4), 7-6(3) ppd-Tue
n14 s13 Angelique Kerber GER d n104 q Misaki Doi JPN 6-0, 6-1 Tue
*n24 Sabine Lisicki GER d n15 s14 Venus Williams USA 6-0, 6-3 Mon

Sabine about to swat a backhand

    Sabine said: "It's always a pleasure to play [Venus] because you know you have to play well to beat her, so I'm happy with my performance today." WTA story

n16 s15 Sara Errani ITA d n38 Kristina Mladenovic FRA 5-7, 6-1, 6-0 Mon-rain-Tue
n17 s16 Andrea Petkovic GER d n324 wc Francoise Abanda CAN 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 ppd-Tue
n19 Victoria Azarenka BLR d n20 Elina Svitolina UKR 6-1, 6-4 Tue

Vika serving

    Vika said: "I think it was a good match overall, especially after not playing for a month. So I didn't know really what to expect. I've been feeling really good during practice, but when you step out on the court for an official match, it could be tricky. But I think I handled myself really well." WTA story

*n41 Daria Gavrilova RUS d n21 Samantha Stosur AUS 6-4, 6-4 Tue
n22 Belinda Bencic SUI d n25 Eugenie Bouchard CAN 6-0, 5-7, 6-2 Tue
n23 Jelena Jankovic SRB d n36 Caroline Garcia FRA 7-6(4), 6-2 Tue

JJ following a backhand

n26 Flavia Pennetta ITA d n230 wc Gabriela Dabrowski CAN 6-4, 6-1 Mon

Flavia's backhand drive

    Flavia said: "I was surprised by [Gabriela's] level in the first set. I'd played her in doubles, but never in singles, and she was moving unbelievably well. Good technique. And the serve is pretty impressive." WTA story

*n78 q Olga Govortsova BLR d n29 Irina-Camelia Begu ROU 6-3, 7-6(4) Tue
*n57 LL Julia Goerges GER d n32 Zarina Diyas KAZ 2-6, 6-1, 7-5 Tue
*n54 q C Witthoeft GER d n33 C Vandeweghe USA 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 Mon-rain-Tue
*n51 Roberta Vinci ITA d n34 Karin Knapp ITA 6-0, 6-0 Tue
*n61 sr Dominika Cibulkova SVK d n35 Sloane Stephens USA 6-3, 6-4 Tue
n37 Barbora Strycova CZE d n60 Varvara Lepchenko USA 6-2, 6-4 Tue
n44 Madison Brengle USA d n371 wc Carol Zhao CAN 6-1, 6-1 ppd-Tue
*n72 q Polona Hercog SLO d n50 Alison van Uytvanck BEL 6-4, 1-6, 6-3 ppd-Tue
n52 q Lesia Tsurenko UKR d n94 q Y Wickmayer BEL 6-3, 7-6(3) Mon-rain-Tue
n55 q Heather Watson GBR v n77 q Irina Falconi USA ppd-Tue cG m6 eve2
*n95 q Monica Puig PUR d n90 q Mariana Duque Marino COL 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 ppd-Tue

Toronto, 2nd Rd, Tue-Wed 11am
losers' prize: $13,050 US; points: 60
n1 s1 Serena Williams USA d n26 Flavia Pennetta ITA 2-6, 6-3, 6-0 Tue

Serena driving a backhand

    Serena said: "[In the 1st set] I had a lot of unforced errors. I just told myself to drop it, like drop the racquet low and get ready to do everything I could to get into the game and to try to do different things, and that's what I started doing out there. I was thinking, 'The last time I was here I won. I should at least try to get through this and give 200%, and I started playing better. I was still making errors, but I just started playing better and making less errors. But [Flavia] played really well today. She was hitting deep and doing a lot of things so well." WTA story

n3 s2 Simona Halep ROU d n23 Jelena Jankovic SRB 6-3, 6-4 Wed

Simona's backhand drive

    Simona said: "My serve was pretty good today. I tried to be aggressive and take the ball as soon as possible, because I know [Jelena] has good defense. And I tried to keep my first serves in because she returns well, too. And I also tried to play her forehand more, because she has a very strong backhand. I knew I had to make her run a lot, open the court and finish the points when I could." WTA story

*n19 Victoria Azarenka BLR d n4 s3 Petra Kvitova CZE 6-2, 6-3 Wed

Vika's forehand drive

*n22 Belinda Bencic SUI d n5 s4 Caroline Wozniacki DEN 7-5, 7-5 Wed

    Belinda said: "It's two great wins for me, of course, in two days. So I'm really happy about that I could win today. I really feel good here in Toronto. I like it very much. So I was hoping it could be a good tournament. And now I hope it can be even better!" WTA story

n6 s5 Ana Ivanovic SRB d n78 q Olga Govortsova BLR 6-4, 7-6(4) Wed

Ana serving

    Ana said: "It wasn't a great match out there today. The conditions made it especially tough as it was very windy. [Olga] had some matches under her belt so I was just happy to pull through. I just tried to hang in there and fight for each point. I was doing that in the second set and I managed to fight back and I was pleased with that." WTA story

n7 s6 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d n57 LL Julia Goerges GER 7-5, 6-3 Wed
*n41 Daria Gavrilova RUS d n8 s7 Lucie Safarova CZE 4-6, 7-5, 7-5 Wed
*n52 q Lesia Tsurenko UKR d n9 s8 Garbine Muguruza ESP 7-5, 6-1 Wed
*n72 q Polona Hercog SLO d n12 s11 Ekaterina Makarova RUS 6-2, 6(2)-7, 7-5 Wed
n14 s13 Angelique Kerber GER d n95 q Monica Puig PUR 6-2, 6-3 Wed

Angelique's backhand drive

n16 s15 Sara Errani ITA d n44 Madison Brengle USA 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 Wed
n17 s16 Andrea Petkovic GER d n55 q Heather Watson GBR 6-4, 6-3 Wed

Petko driving a forehand

n24 Sabine Lisicki GER d n37 Barbora Strycova CZE 7-6(3), 6-4 Wed
n27 Alize Cornet FRA d n61 sr Dominika Cibulkova SVK 6-3, 6-2 Wed
*n51 Roberta Vinci ITA d n49 q Mirjana Lucic-Baroni CRO 6-3, 6-3 Wed
n54 q Carina Witthoeft GER d n59 Alison Riske USA 6-4, 5-7, 6-3 Wed

Toronto, 3rd Rd, Thu noon
losers' prize: $25,380 US; points: 105
n1 s1 Serena Williams USA d n17 s16 Andrea Petkovic GER 6-3, 6-2

Serena driving a forehand

n3 s2 Simona Halep ROU d n14 s13 Angelique Kerber GER 6-3, 5-7, 6-4

Simona driving a backhand

    Simona said: "[Angelique] was amazing. She has a lot of confidence. Stanford was a good tournament for her... I think I played better than yesterday. I feel more confident now. My serve didn't work very well, but I returned well... I served well in the last game. And I finished the match with an ace. I remember the match before I did the same thing, knowing I had to finish the point very early, and I'm happy I did it again." WTA story

n6 s5 Ana Ivanovic SRB d n72 q Polona Hercog SLO 6-2, 6-3
n7 s6 Agnieszka Radwanska POL d n27 Alize Cornet FRA 6-2, 4-6, 6-4

Aga about to swat a forehand

n16 s15 Sara Errani ITA d n19 Victoria Azarenka BLR 7-5, 6-3

    Sara said: "I played a really good match, I'm really happy. She's an unbelievably good player so it was not easy. I was a bit nervous in that final game when I had one, two, three match points, but in the end I got there." WTA story

n22 Belinda Bencic SUI d n24 Sabine Lisicki GER 6-1, 1-6, 7-6(3)

Belinda's backhand drive

*n51 Roberta Vinci ITA d n41 Daria Gavrilova RUS 6-4, 6-3
n52 q Lesia Tsurenko UKR d n54 q Carina Witthoeft GER 6-3, 6-4

Toronto, QFs, Fri 11am
losers' prize: $52,430 US; points: 190
n1 s1 Serena Williams USA d n51 Roberta Vinci ITA 6-4, 6-3

Serena's forehand drive

n3 s2 Simona Halep ROU d n7 s6 Agnieszka Radwanska POL 0-6, 6-3, 6-1

 
Aga and Simona driving forehands

    It was Simona's 300th career match victory. Simona said: "At the beginning I couldn't move my legs. I just felt very tired. And [Agnieszka] was playing amazing. I couldn't do anything. But I just kept focusing on what I had to do on the court. I knew I had to change my tactics, so I just kept the ball inside the court more and made more rallies out there. The fans kept cheering for me even when I was down 5-0, and it helped me keep fighting." WTA story

*n22 Belinda Bencic SUI d n6 s5 Ana Ivanovic SRB 6-4, 6-2
n16 s15 Sara Errani ITA d n52 q Lesia Tsurenko UKR 6-4, 6-4

Toronto, SFs, Sat 1pm & 6:30pm
loser's prize: $111,940 US; points: 350
*n22 Belinda Bencic SUI d n1 s1 Serena Williams USA 3-6, 7-5, 6-4

 
Serena and Belinda driving forehand and backhand

    Belinda said: "I was very overwhelmed from the situation on the court, but I'm just so happy the forehand landed in and [Serena] couldn't reach it anymore. It was an incredible feeling. I have no words." WTA story

    It was Serena's second loss of this season; she had won her previous 18 consecutive three-set matches.

    Serena said: "I thought [Belinda] did really well at everything tonight. She really reads the ball well, and she really fought well. I knew that about her already, that she never gives up and she fights hard. I felt pretty much in control until I lost the match."

n3 s2 Simona Halep ROU d n16 s15 Sara Errani ITA 6-4, 6-4

Simona driving a forehand

    Simona said: "It was a very tough match today. Sara played amazing. She was running everywhere, and she was putting so many balls back in the court, so it was very difficult for me to finish the points. But I did everything I could to finish the match in two sets because I didn't know how I would do in the third! I'm very happy to make it through this match and play the finals here in Toronto now." WTA story

Toronto, Final, Sun 1pm
loser's prize: $227,640 US; points: 585
winner's prize: $456,000 US; points: 900
*n22 Belinda Bencic SUI d n3 s2 Simona Halep ROU 7-6(5), 6(4)-7, 3-0 retired

 
Simona and Belinda driving forehand and backhand

Toronto, Doubles Final, Sun
losers' prize: $67,530 US
winners' prize: $133,700 US
s3 Lucie Safarova & B Mattek-Sands d s4 Caroline Garcia & Katarina Srebotnik 6-1, 6-2

Toronto, Qual Finals, Sun Aug 9 10am
losers' prizes: q1 $1,675 1pt; q2 $2,770 20pts; qualifier 30 points
n49 Mirjana Lucic-Baroni CRO v n121 Aliaksandra Sasnovich BLR 6-2, 4-6, 7-6(4)
n52 Lesia Tsurenko UKR d n73 Lara Arruabarrena ESP 6-1, 6-4
n54 Carina Witthoeft GER d n93 Magda Linette POL 6-4, 6-3
n55 Heather Watson GBR d n76 Jarmila Gajdosova AUS 6-1, 3-6, 6-2
*n94 Yanina Wickmayer BEL d n57 Julia Goerges GER 0-6, 6-3, 7-6(4)
*n104 Misaki Doi JPN d n58 Casey Dellacqua AUS 6-3, 6-4
*n125 Anna Tatishvili USA d n63 Mona Barthel GER 6-3, 6-3
*n77 Irina Falconi USA d n69 Ajla Tomljanovic CRO 6-1, 6-2
n72 Polona Hercog SLO d n99 Tereza Smitkova CZE 6-2, 6-4
n78 Olga Govortsova BLR v n172 Julia Glushko ISR 6-0, 2-6, 6-3
n90 Mariana Duque Marino COL d n132 Alla Kudryavtseva RUS 6-2, 6-3
n95 Monica Puig PUR d n108 Yaroslava Shvedova KAZ 6-4, 6-4

Toronto, Withdrawals
n2 Maria Sharapova RUS right leg strain
n18 Madison Keys USA left wrist injury
n28 Svetlana Kuznetsova RUS left leg injury
n30 Camila Giorgi ITA illness


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