Serena Williams won the WTA Rogers Cup title on Sunday, beating Samantha Stosur 6-4, 6-2 to hammer home her credentials as a US Open favourite when the last Grand Slam event of the season starts in two weeks’ time.
Williams hammered nine aces and won 89% of her first-serve points in beating the Australian in straight sets at the $2.05 million hardcourt tournament, two weeks after winning the Stanford title.
It is her first back-to-back title in three years, the 39th of her career and 11th win in 11 matches on the US hardcourt swing this summer. Williams, who turns 30 next month, is ranked 80th in the world and was competing in just her fourth tournament since being sidelined for a year by injuries and illness.
Djokovic wins Montreal crown for year’s 9th title
Novak Djokovic says a small shoulder niggle which bothered him en route to a 6-2, 3-6, 6-4 defeat of Mardy Fish to win the Montreal Masters will not be a problem in next week’s final tune-up before the US Open.
“Throughout this tournament I carried little problems with the shoulder,” he said. “But it’s okay, nothing major.”
The Serb confirmed the world number one ranking which he claimed after winning Wimbledon as he beat Fish for the seventh time without a loss. Djokovic has now won nine titles in 2011 in nine attempts. He stands a phenomenal 53-1 this season.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 16th, 2011.