Posts Tagged ‘2010 Rogers Cup

23
Aug
10

Wozniacki carries her winning form into the US Open as the #1 seed

Caroline Wozniacki cruised to victory in the Rogers Cup final with an assured 6-3 6-2 win over Russia’s Vera Zvonareva in Montreal.

Both players dropped serve early on, before Wozniacki edged decisively ahead with a break in the fourth game.

The second seed was equally clinical in the second set, converting break points in third and seventh games while Zvonareva wasted four of her own.

Earlier Wozniacki beat Svetlana Kuznetsova in a rain-delayed semi.

The 20-year-old, who lost to Kim Clijsters in last year’s US Open final, will immediately head to New Haven for her final warm-up tournament ahead of a return to Flushing Meadows.

Her hopes of lifting her first Grand Slam title in the absence of world number one Serena Williams will have been buoyed by her continued good form on a busy day’s play.

Only hours before disposing of Wimbledon finalist Zvonareva in 74 minutes, she had crushed her compatriot Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-2 6-3 in the semi-final.

The number two seed resumed the match, which she began on Saturday, at 2-0 up in the first set and made short work of the encounter.

Zvonareva made her way into the final after Victoria Azarenka retired at 7-6 (8-6) 1-0 down.

The Belarussian, who squandered two points t take the first set, was forced to concede the match as he suffered with a blister on her left foot.

“It is just one of those things you can’t do anything about,” said Azarenka.

“I tried to deal with it, but I could not continue.”

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23
Aug
10

Wozniacki will meet Zvonareva today in the Rogers Cup final.

Caroline Wozniacki became the first player into the Rogers Cup final in unconventional second Monday play, beating Svetlana Kuznetsova handily on Court Central at Uniprix Stadium, 62 63.

Wozniacki, the No.2 seed, had won the first two games of their semifinal on Saturday when rain started to fall, and when it stopped Monday morning the pair took the court again. Wozniacki remained sharp, never losing her serve and breaking the No.11-seeded Kuznetsova once more in each set.

“It was tough for both of us, waiting two days, but I just hung in there and played one point at a time,” Wozniacki said on court afterwards. “Now I’m just going to relax, eat something and get as much energy as possible for the final.”

In the other semifinal on Banque Nationale, No.8 seed Vera Zvonareva was leading No.10 seed Victoria Azarenka, 76(6) 10, when Azarenka retired from the match due to a left foot blister. Azarenka had two set points, one at 6-5 in the first set and another at 6-5 in the ensuing tie-break, but couldn’t convert.

The final is scheduled for Monday afternoon on Court Central.

22
Aug
10

No play on Sunday at 2010 Rogers Cup.

Rain has delayed Sunday’s planned resumption of the semifinals of the $2-million WTA Montreal Rogers Cup, the last major women’s hardcourt tune-up event before the U.S. Open begins in eight days.

Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki led former U.S. Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia 2-0 when rain halted their semifinal match on Saturday.

Russia’s Vera Zvonareva will play Victoria Azarenka of Belarus to decide the other player in the championship match.

Matches were set to begin Sunday morning with the final in the afternoon, but organizers have said they will move matches to Monday if necessary.

And a bleak Monday forecast has left the possibility of a Tuesday finish.

If the tournament is not completed on Monday, the WTA said it would reassess the situation consulting with Rogers Cup officials, the players and television about extending it another day.

If the tournament is abandoned, all the remaining players will split the prize money and ranking points.

The last time the WTA was forced to abandon an event was 10 years ago in Scottsdale when Lindsay Davenport and Martina Hingis were unable to play the final because of rain.

World No. 2 Wozniacki is the top women’s seed in the WTA-ATP event at New Haven where main draw matches began on Sunday.

21
Aug
10

Rogers Cup semifinals have no ‘superstars’.

Kim Clijsters left with a heavily bandaged left leg following a 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 quarter-final loss to Vera Zvonareva.

After dominating the opening set, Clijsters felt her hip tighten in the second. She took a medical break to have her upper left leg taped before the third set, but her movement was clearly restricted as Zvonareva advanced to the semifinals with an easy win.

Some wondered why Clijsters didn’t retire from the match and go for full treatment, but the former world No. 1 from Belgium said that was out of the question.

“I don’t like to give up,” she said. “(Maybe) if something really bad happens, if you twist your ankle, but I was still able to move, still able to hit the ball, so I don’t believe in giving up.”

Clijsters was quick to assert that the injury will not prevent her from defending her U.S. Open title in New York beginning Aug. 31, but said she will need a more clear diagnosis and some therapy to get it under control. She hopes to be back hitting balls in practice by Wednesday.

“It’s the hip,” she said. “I was trying to get an MRI this weekend but the hospitals here are full, so I’m going to get it done at the beginning of the next week in New Jersey.

“I saw the doctor and he did the test but I need an MRI or a scan.”

The US$2-million tournament was already thin on star power with the absence of world No. 1 Serena Williams and Justine Henin due to long-term injuries, and with Maria Sharapova and Venus Williams pulling out at the last minute.

Then top-seeded Jelena Jankovic, also nursing a minor injury, lost her first match.

Organizers say ticket sales are down only slightly from previous years, but there are some empty seats and scalpers outside the stadium are asking half price for good seats.

Zvonareva will be joined in the semifinals on Saturday by fellow Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova, a 6-1, 6-3 winner over unseeded Zheng Jie of China.

Second-seeded Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark downed French Open champion Francesca Schiavone of Italy 6-3, 6-2.

Wozniacki will face Kuznetsova in the semifinals. They have played one another four times and each won twice, with Wozniacki taking their most recent encounter at last year’s U.S. Open.

Zvonareva will be up against Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, who defeated Marion Bartoli 6-2, 7-6 late Friday night.

19
Aug
10

Clijsters pulls off another dramatic victory.

Kim Clijsters dug herself out of a deep hole to post a 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 victory over American Bethanie Mattek-Sands on Wednesday night at the US$2 million Rogers Cup.

After dropping the first set, the fifth-seeded Clijsters was down 4-1 in the second and had to fight off two break points to keep her match alive against the aggressive Mattek-Sands, a qualifer ranked 101st in the world.

Mattek-Sands continued to attack the net in the third and got a service break, only to give it back to the 27-year-old Clijsters, a two-time U.S. Open champion, is gunning for a second straight title after winning her 38th career tournament last week in Cincinnati.

18
Aug
10

“I didn’t really feel like a top-five player” says JJ a she loses in the 2nd round.

Jelena Jankovic of Serbia lost her second-round matchup with qualifier Iveta Benesova of the Czech Republic 7-6 (3), 6-3 on Tuesday night.

Jankovic has played only four matches in three tournaments this month after missing two weeks with an ankle injury she says is completely recovered.

“I didn’t really feel like a top-five player out there,” said Jankovic, who has never won the Rogers Cup. “My game hasn’t been at the top level for the last couple of tournaments.”

The U.S. Open is the only Grand Slam where Jankovic has reached the final, losing to Serena Williams in 2008.

Jankovic is hoping she can find her game in the short time that remains before the start of the final Grand Slam of the year on Aug. 30.

“I really wanted to play matches here, and at the last tournament, but I didn’t do that and now I haven’t played many matches before the U.S. Open,” Jankovic said. “So I’ll just try my best over there, and hopefully I’ll be better.”

Benesova, ranked No. 75 in the world, won her sixth match in the past five days, winning three on the weekend in qualifying plus her first-round singles and doubles matches on Monday.

“I think it was good for me because I haven’t had a very good season this year,” said Benesova, who improved her 2010 singles record to 17-18. “It was good for my confidence.”

17
Aug
10

Azarenka, Pennetta, Kuznetsova all win 1st round matches.

Three seeds were all victorious in first round singles action of the Rogers Cup presented by National Bank Tuesday afternoon at Montreal’s Uniprix Stadium.

Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova (11), Flavia Pennetta of Italy (15) and Belarusian Victoria Azarenka (16) have all advanced to the second round.

While Kuznetsova’s victory over her compatriot Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova needed three sets (7-5, 4-6, 6-1), those of Pennetta over Slovak Daniela Hantuchova (6-0, 7-5), and Azarenka against Kateryna Bondarenko of the Ukraine (6-1, 6-2) didn’t cause any problems.

Canadian Heiki El Tabakh, the lone player from Canada to advance through the qualifying draw, had a tough time against Russia’s Alisa Kleybanova. The Russian broke her four times en route to a decisive 6-1, 6-2 victory in 68 minutes.

American Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Kimiko Date Krumm of Japan, Hungary’s Agnes Szavay and Russian Ekaterina Makarova also advanced to the next round after the day’s matinee session.

17
Aug
10

Canada’s home-grown players exit 2010 Rogers Cup.

The Rogers Cup has lost its top-ranked Canadian as local favourite Aleksandra Wozniak of Blainville, Que., fell in straight sets 6-3, 6-2 to Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland in front of a strong centre-court crowd at Uniprix Stadium on Monday night.

It was the first time Wozniak, ranked 53rd in the world, had faced the 49th ranked Bacsinszky in her career.

Bacsinszky’s serve was extremely erratic with a first serve percentage of only 39 per cent, but Wozniak was unable to take advantage and ultimately fell in the first round of her home tournament for a second straight year.

Wozniak began the match well with three service winners and an ace in the opening game, but her game began to go downhill when Bacsinszky broke her serve to go ahead 2-1 in the first set.

Wozniak wasted a break point opportunity in the subsequent game and then double faulted twice to hand Bacsinszky another break for a 4-1 lead.

It was the same pattern in the second set as Bacsinszky got a break to go ahead 3-1 and never looked back, winning in straight sets in a swift 64 minutes.

It was only Wozniak’s second tournament since losing to Jelena Jankovic in the second round at Wimbledon in June as she has battled tendinitis in her right forearm.

There was some question as to whether Wozniak would be able to play in Montreal, and she was wearing tape on the damaged forearm during Monday evening’s match.

The tournament also lost all of its Canadian content in the doubles portion on day one.

Marie-Eve Pelletier of Repentigny, Que., and Toronto’s Sharon Fichman fell 6-3, 7-5 to the team of Daniela Hantuchova and Caroline Wozniacki. Heidi El Tabakh of Oakville, Ont., and Vancouver’s Rebecca Marino also dropped their first round match 6-2, 6-1 to the sixth-seeded team of Yung-Jan Chan and Jie Zheng.

17
Aug
10

Safina wins in Montreal as she starts her climb back up the rankings.

Dinara Safina claimed just a third win in her past 11 matches after beating first-round opponent Andrea Petkovic at the Rogers Cup in Montreal.

Safina, ranked 70 in the world, showed glimpses of her best as she took one hour and 40 minutes to overcome Germany’s Petkovic 6-3 6-3.

Injury and poor form this year has resulted in Safina’s slide down the rankings with the 24-year-old having failed to win twice at a tournament since the Australian Open in January – when she withdrew in the fourth round with a back complaint.

The Russian will face either compatriot and 18th seed Nadia Petrova or Lucie Safarova in the next round.

Israel’s Shahar Peer was the only seed to fall on the opening day of the hard-court tournament after the 14th seed lost 6-3 6-3 against Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi.

Fellow seeds Yanina Wickmayer (13) and Aravane Rezai (16) both progressed.

Qualifier Iveta Benesova booked a second-round meeting with top seed Jelena Jankovic after the Czech brushed aside Sara Errani 6-3 6-2.

Benesova was joined in the round-of-32 by fellow qualifiers Jarmilla Groth and Vania King while veteran Patty Schnyder, a lucky loser, battled from a set down to beat Virginie Razzano 6-7 (7/4) 7-5 6-3 and set up a meeting with second seed Caroline Wozniacki.

Local hopeful Stephanie Dubois lost to Klara Zakopalova in three sets in the final match of the day while Sybille Bammer, Yaroslava Shvedova and Timea Bacsiznsky also won through.

16
Aug
10

Montreal loses another star attraction as Sharapova withdraws.

Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from the Rogers Cup a day before the event is set to begin in Montreal.

Sharapova was injured Sunday in the final of a WTA event in Cincinnati, losing to Kim Clijsters. She required treatment on her heel in the 2-6, 7-6, 6-2 loss.

“Another tough final for me today, I had my chances and did not take them,” Sharapova wrote on a statement posted on her website. “Kim is such a great champion and really showed it after the rain delay. I felt some pain in my foot late in the second set which kind of scared me so I have been forced to pull out of Montreal. I am hoping I just need a few days of rest.”

Jelena Jankovic is the top seed and was quoted as saying “I’ve been No. 1 two years ago, and finished 2008 as the No. 1 player in the world. I have achieved that, a dream come true for me,” said Jankovic.  “In this moment I’m not thinking about that. Playing my tennis, working hard and improving, and doing well in the big events, that is my goal.

“I had injuries, just came back from an ankle injury, so I really don’t have high expectations of myself,” Jankovic added. “I just want to go on the court and play the best that I can, and hopefully get as many matches as possible.”

Sharapova had been seeded 12th at the Rogers Cup and was to play Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic in the first round.




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