Caroline Tops Vera For Rogers Cup

Rogers Cup
By Hiland Doolittle, August 24th, 2010
Caroline Tops Vera For Rogers Cup

Caroline Tops Vera For Rogers Cup

On Monday, Caroline Wozniacki finally got to finish the semifinal match that was rained out Sauturday and Sunday. When Caroline and Svetlana Kuznetsova resumed play, Wozniacki had a 2-0 lead. The Dane added one more service break and cruised through the first set on the way to a 6-2, 6-3 semifinal win.

Vera Zvonareva won her semifinal match when Victoria Azarenka retired due to a blister on her left foot. At the time, Vera led 7-6 (6) 1-0. The Russian had to survive two set points in what would have been an exciting battle. Zvonareva had defeated Kim Clijsters, the tournament favorite, in the quarterfinals.

The young Dane had plenty left in the tank after ousting Kuznetsova as she made fast work of Zvonareva in the 6-3, 6-2 final. For Wozniacki, the title is her third of the year including her wins at Ponte Vedra Beach and Copenhagen.

Last year Caroline led the tour in wins, amassing 67 victories. She has worked hard this season to beef up a soft serve, which was keeping her from the top five. The demise of the Williams sisters has certainly helped Caroline reach her lofty ranking but the pretty Dane can now play with anybody.

With the win, Wozniacki will now be the top seed for the U.S. Open with defending champion Kim Clijsters right behind her at number two. Clijsters is the only other tour player to have won three times this season and was nursing a sore thigh when she departed Montreal.

Zvonareva was pleased with her semifinal win but said that preparing for Azarenka and Wozniacki in successive matches was difficult. Azarenka is a power player while Caroline wins with solid all curt play. The Dane will begin her quest for her first Grand Slam title a week from today.


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