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Serena Williams Stupendous in Rogers Cup Final

Following her semifinal win, Serena Williams admitted that Samantha Stosur, the tenth seed, would be a tough task in the final. While Williams’ words were proven true early on, she still found the means to neutralize her adversary. Williams prevailed 6-4, 6-2 over Stosur for her second Rogers Cup Trophy.

For Stosur, the 2010 French Open finalist Stosur, it’s been a difficult year. Finally though, in Toronto, Stosur has been able to string together good performances putting down Na Li in the third round and Agniezska Radwanska, the titlist last week in Carlsbad, in the semifinals.

Although at their ultimate meeting, the 2010 French Open, Stosur saved match point in defeating Williams in the quarterfinals. With a record of 2-8 in finals, Stosur would have to come up with something special to beat Williams who has a mark 38-14 at this stage of tournaments.

In her third round match, Williams overcame dropping the first set against Jie Zheng and did the same in the quarterfinals in battling lefty Lucie Safarova. Yet, in the semifinals, Williams dominated world number four, Victoria Azarenka.

At first, Williams had no answer for Stosur’s hugest weapon, the kick serve. With an ace, Stosur sealed her second love game for 3-2. Later, by utilizing her second big asset, the forehand, Stosur connected on a down the line winner for game point. When Williams netted the return, Stosur went ahead 4-3.

Williams was also coasting on her service games and forcing a myriad of errors from Stosur. With no indication of an upcoming break point, the tide suddenly shifted with Stosur serving at 4 all and 40-15.

Williams pulverized a second serve forehand return winner which stunned Stosur. The Aussie’s subsequent first serve was hit with less power resulting ultimately in a backhand mistake by Stosur and deuce.

With Williams’ return more effective, she manufactured a second break point in the game by finding a backhand down the line winner. By connecting on a forehand volley winner, Williams captured the break for 5-4. Then, with an outstanding service game, Williams pocketed the first set.

From that point on, Williams raced to the finish, trying to finish prior to the projected storm. By pushing Stosur into a backhand miscue, Williams had double break point to begin the second set.

Although Stosur got to deuce, Williams fabricated a third break point. With a forehand crosscourt winner, Williams had the break and easily consolidated.

Her next time out, Stosur fought off break point but held for 1-2. Yet, with another love game, Williams stretched her lead to 3-1.

Because of bevy of mistakes by Stosur, Williams had again double break point. When Stosur’s forehand failed her, Williams had a near insurmountable advantage of 4-1.

Serving for the match, Williams committed a forehand error to face her first break point of the day. Still, she quickly recovered with an ace.

Next, with Stosur’s forehand traveling long, Williams had match point. By thumping an ace, Williams placed an exclamation mark on her performance and claimed the championship.

Williams last hoisted this trophy ten years ago, and last collected back to back titles in 2008. Williams is thrilled that she has been doing so well after her medical issues stating “I am happy to be here. . .I keep having fun”.

When asked whether she expected to be at such a level so soon, Williams responded “I like to do the impossible”. With the victory today, Williams’ ranking will move from 80 into the top 30.

Williams also conceded that her objective is to be seeded at the U.S. Open. In a couple of days, Williams will compete in Cincinnati. With good results there, she will meet her goal of being in the top 32 in New York.

Nathalie Narcisse

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