Serena Williams makes big statement by winning the Rogers Cup

Serena Williams made a big statement in Toronto as she easily defeated Samantha Stosur to claim the Rogers Cup 2011 by a score of 6-4, 6-2. Williams looked every bit the champion that we have come to know over the years and is without a doubt the favorite as the U.S. Open approaches.

Few gave Stosur much of a chance to realistically win the match. With a 2-8 record in WTA finals, the Australian seems to lack the composure to play her best game during these types of moments. Add to the fact that Williams has been gaining confidence with every victory over the past two weeks and it was going to be awfully tough for anyone to beat her. Between her title in Stanford and here in Toronto she has now won 11 matches in-a-row.

The two players managed to hold their serves through the opening eight games and for a short while it appeared we might have a competitive final on our hands. Instead, Serena managed to break thanks to a beautiful cross-court volley to take a 5-4 lead. She would close out the set in the following game.

While the tournament did not provide a comparison of winners to errors I noted a lack of clear-cut winners from both players. That does not mean there were not some impressive points between the two, but rather that with Serena making such high-quality groundstrokes, Stosur was often forced into making errors.

Stosur did crumple however as the second set got going and could not seem to find a way to counter Serena’s powerful attack. Williams quickly found herself up 2-0 and would break again a bit later to take a 4-1 lead.

With dark clouds looming overhead and thunder rattling nearby, it looked for sometime that rain might halt play and give Stosur a chance to re-group. Instead it held-off just long enough to complete the match, which Serena did in her final service game thanks to four aces including one on match point.

In the post-match interview on court Serena showed off a different side from the one she revealed to Stosur during their hard-hitting rallies.

“I always wanted to win this trophy ’cause it’s so cute,” Williams gushed to the adoring crowd.

Not exactly what you’d expect from the winner of 13 Grand Slam titles, but you never do know what to expect from the American tennis legend.

After the match Williams alternated between answers that were at times modest and at others incredibly confident, perhaps even cocky.

On the one hand she said that she never doubted she would be able to return to playing this quality of tennis. On the other she claimed that she felt like the underdog coming into the Rogers Cup. Take what you want from her comments, at the end of the day she is suddenly the one to beat after nearly a year absence from the tour.

While Kim Clijsters truly shocked the tennis world two years ago with her victory at the U.S. Open following her first retirement from the sport, I don’t think that anyone will be surprised if Williams can pull-off a similar result in her comeback from injury and illness.

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