23 year old and 27th ranked Sorana Cirstea was the surprise finalist in the Rogers Cup tournament in Toronto, but it was a well earned honour after she disposed of 9th seed Caroline Wozniacki, 15th seed Jelena Jankovic, 6th seed Petra Kvitova and 5th seed Na Li in successive matches. Facing her across the net was world number one, Serena Williams, who lost just 10 games in her four straight sets wins to the final. Williams led the head to head stat 2-0, losing only five games between the two matches played, one in 2012 on a hard court and this season on clay. Cirstea was into her third WTA final, having won one and lost one in lower level tournaments; Williams was going for her 54th title. “She’s definitely not an easy player to play, but she’s – wow!” Serena said of her opponent before the match and, taking the young Roumanian’s route to the final, an exciting match was anticipated.
Cirstea got the encounter underway. Serena got the break to go 3-2 ahead and ran away with the next three games to take the first set in forty minutes. Except for double faults, second serves won and second return points won stats, Cirstea’s numbers were better, especially her break points won and saved, which were way higher than the American’s. Williams broke in the first game of the second set and steamrolled her way to a 5-0 lead in just seventeen minutes, with her serve to come. Although Cirstea got to deuce twice when match point down, Williams served out the set to love in just twenty five minutes to continue her dominance of the women’s game.
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