Rogers Cup: Toronto (2)

Coverage of the 2011 Rogers Cup in Toronto, Canada, August 18 - August 27, 2011

Monday, 15 August 2011 06:47

The Final Rundown: Sunday

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Sunday's Anniversary
Back in 2001, a teenage Serena Williams won the title in Toronto, her tenth singles crown, beating Jennifer Capriati in the Final. With Capriati long retired, Williams, through ups and downs, health scares and attitude flares, continues to be one of the most dominant forces in women's tennis, and, a decade later, has taken back the Toronto title.

Asked whether it surprises her to realize her longevity on Tour, Williams, who will turn 30 in September, jokingly refused to admit her age, "Oh My God, 10 years. Am I really 26 now?"

Sunday's In the Moment
There seemed to be little difference between Samantha Stosur and Williams, as both played aggressive tennis, powered by their services, until 4-4 in the first set of Sunday's Singles Final. Williams played a strong game to take Stosur's service game then, and, as the Australian admitted, the break gave Williams the kick she needed to run away with the match. While Stosur continued to compete and there were plenty of great points, Williams' serve was not in any danger until the last game of the match, when she momentarily gave in to nerves and played a loose game that allowed Stosur a break chance.
Sunday, 14 August 2011 12:29

The Rundown: Saturday

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Saturday's You Cannot Be Serious
Exhibition tennis, particularly among long-retired top players, tends to be a comedy outlet as much as a showcase for the sport, with players joking among themselves and with the crowd. Thus, when John McEnroe fell to the ground and clutched his groin during a point in his match with Michael Chang Saturday, the entire stadium roared with laughter. They continued laughing as Chang ran over to his opponent and called for a trainer, when the trainer came out and when ballboys joined the scene, providing shade with an umbrella.

Yet, several minutes in, the skit was becoming overdone, and the crowd was becoming restless. It was when the trainer began stretching out McEnroe's leg that the spectators realized his injury was in no way fake. McEnroe was forced to retire and limped off court with the help of tournament staff.

Saturday's It's Not You, It's Me
Recently, Chang commented on Andre Agassi's remarks about him in Agassi's autobiography, Open. Chang was unhappy that Agassi would speak out against Chang's devout Christianity when the two were friends and had even attended Bible study together.