After a great week of tennis here in Toronto, the Rogers Cup Final was an anticlimactic finish to say the last. With that said, organizers and fans in Toronto can take solace knowing that the best player won.
Serena Williams entered this week’s tournament as the top seed and after her toughest test in Saturday’s semi-final, the American regrouped and dominated her opponent 6-2, 6-0 in a championship match that took a grand total of 65 minutes to complete.
The unseeded Sorana Cirstea of Romania certainly entered Sunday’s final with most of the fans on her side. Like her semi-final match, Romanian flags were flying all over centre court which may have helped the 23-year-old clinch a spot in the final. If Romanian fans were hoping for the same luck on Sunday, they were sorely mistaken as Cirstea just could not get going against the overpowering Serena who is now the winner of three Rogers Cup crowns.
Despite the loss, Cirstea certainly has plenty to be proud. Few thought she would make any type of push this week but the Bucharest native flew under everyone’s radar by eliminating some of the game’s biggest names en route to her berth in the final including Caroline Wozniacki, Jelena Jankovic, defending Rogers Cup champion Petra Kvitova and Li Na who she ousted in Saturday’s semi-final.
Following the match, an emotional Cirstea thanked her coach and family for their support as she accepted her runner-up prize for the tournament. Serena Williams was also appreciative of Cirstea’s game as the American admitted her interest in the Romanian’s game after the tough road she took to get to the championship round.
For those looking for the underdog to win this week’s tournament, today’s final certainly was a disappointing result. For those hoping to see the best player win the tournament, they were quite pleased with the tournament’s final outcome – especially when Serena spoke very highly of the city of Toronto following the match.
For Serena, while it’s too early to determine whether she will participate or not, she will enter next year’s Rogers Cup as the defending champion when the women’s draw shifts back to Montreal. For the short-term, the American will set to prepare to defend another championship: the US Open which will begin on August 26 in Flushing Meadows, New York.
As for Sorana Cirstea, it was a pleasure watching her make her fantastic run to the final round this week. With that said, I cannot wait to see her play again.
Congratulations to both women.