Serena Williams wins Rogers Cup in thrashing
APTORONTO -- Top-ranked Serena Williams breezed to her third Rogers Cup title Sunday with a 6-2, 6-0 victory over unseeded Romanian Sorana Cirstea.
August 13, 2013, 12:05 am TWN
It was her eighth WTA title of the year and the 54th of her career.
She didn't drop a set all week and lost only 22 games, almost half that total against third-seed Agnieszka Radwanska in a semifinal that proved her only real test in this U.S. Open tuneup.
With the absence of top-five players Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka, and the early exit of Wimbledon champ Marion Bartoli, all because of injury, Williams faced few obstacles in her path to the title.
“No tournament is ever easy, especially being in the position I am in,” she said. “The tournament starts and they expect you to win. And the tournament is like, 'You're going to be in the final and after your semifinal I want you to do this, and you have to do this and this press.' Who knows if I'll even make it to the semifinals? It's a lot of pressure. It's not easy.”
Williams plays this week in Cincinnati and will be the defending champion at the U.S. Open. Despite having lost only one match since March, a stunning early exit at Wimbledon, she says she can still improve.
“For me it's always about constantly improving and never saying 'I did great and I can be satisfied,'” she said. “I did great (today), but what can I do better? What can I improve on? That's what I always strive for. When I get satisfied, and for a lot of players, the (playing) level goes down.”
Cirstea was appearing in only her third WTA final and looking to build on her only title — in 2008 at Tashkent. This tournament proved a breakthrough. She ousted two former No. 1 players (Jelena Jankovic and Caroline Wozniacki) before defeating defending champion Petra Kvitova in the quarters and fourth-seeded Li Na in the semifinals.
“For me it's been a really positive week and I'm going to take everything that well to the next tournament,” she said.