Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Caro shines after the Rain

She struggled early in the week but once the going got tough, Caroline Wozniacki got going. The No.2-ranked player in the world beat two of Russia's best back-to-back on Monday for her third Sony Ericsson WTA Tour title of the year, and the ninth of her career, at the Rogers Cup.

Wozniacki, the No.2 seed at the Premier-level stop, had close encounters with Patty Schnyder and Flavia Pennetta in her first two matches of the week, scoring 7-5 7-5 and 4-6 6-3 6-1 wins. From the quarterfinals on she had few problems though - at least not with anything match-related. She avenged a French Open quarterfinal loss to Francesca Schiavone, 6-3 6-2, to start.

On Saturday she won the first two games on Svetlana Kuznetsova when rain stopped play, and that rain would keep going for two days. On Monday the final four took Uniprix Stadium's courts and Wozniacki shone, completing a 6-2 6-3 win over Kuznetsova then easing past No.8 seed Vera Zvonareva, 6-3 6-2.

Wozniacki, who has also won titles this season from Ponte Vedra Beach and Copenhagen, is just the second player to win three Tour titles this year, alongside Kim Clijsters. Fittingly, Wozniacki and Clijsters also finished last year's summer hardcourt season on a high note, meeting in the US Open final; they will also be the Top 2 seeds at the final Grand Slam of the year this year.

Zvonareva beat an injury-hampered Clijsters en route to her 24th career final; she is now 10-14 in those. She beat Victoria Azarenka in the other semifinal.


Carlos said...

If I were the "The Big Stuffed Bunny" I would take this week off. Knowing her she will play right through New Heaven tournament making her vulnerable for the USO; but that's how "The Bunny" is, she loves to play a lot of tournaments. I been critical of her in the past for playing too many tournaments.

Carlos said...

I forgot, it was a nice tournament win for her. Considering the weather conditions "The Big Stuffed Bunny" didn't wilt nor she had the attitude "I just want to go home". She stuck it out and won, good she did that.

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