Sorana Cirstea’s great run in the Rogers Cup tournament in Toronto just keeps getting better. In the first of Saturday’s semi final matches, she took on the 4th seed, Na Li, who led their head to head stat 4-1 – Li winning two on hard courts and two on clay, but the 27th ranked Roumanian beat her in the second round at Wimbledon in 2012 in straight sets. Cirstea came out with all guns blazing in the first set and allowed the Chinese just one game and twelve points in the twenty two minutes it took to wrap up a very one sided contest. The tables were turned in the second set, with Li racing to a 5-2 lead and seemingly a deciding set, but Cirstea had other ideas. She took the next four games to lead 6-5 and even had two set points at 40-15, but her nerves failed her and Li forced a breaker. Li had a good 4-1 lead in the breaker but Cirstea had one more gear up her sleeve and managed to take six out of the next seven points for a great victory and a place in her first Premier Level final. “I’m really excited, because these are the moments you’re working for” she told reporters after the match.
The second semi was the night match with top seed Serena Williams battling Agnieszka Radwanska, the 3rd seed, in a repeat of the 2012 Wimbledon final. This encounter was a thriller right from the off, with the Pole returning almost everything Williams fired at her, as well as using a great variety of shots to confuse the American. Williams was also playing top notch tennis, so the set – with two service breaks each – went to a breaker, which she took 7-3. The Pole took a 3-1 lead in the second set before Williams levelled and with one further break finished off the set with two spectacular winners at 6-4.