WTA Diary: Serena's Solid Showing
Published August 12, 2013 12:00
Every week there's a lot happening on the WTA - on the court, off the court, by the numbers, even a few tweets... catch up on it all in this week's WTA Diary.
The Decent Season Continues
Serena Williams is rapidly developing into the queen of understatement. Last week she was describing her season as 'decent', and on Sunday she was tweeting about her 'solid' showing in Toronto.
Solid week this week #rogerscup champ I love Toronto! Thanks to all my fans here. I love you all!!
For the record, Serena won her eighth title of 2013 in Toronto, and with three months until the season-ending champs in Istanbul she has already equaled the career-best number she posted in 2002.
While Serena left with the glassware, Cirstea's run was the talk of the town in Toronto, knocking out Caroline Wozniacki, Jelena Jankovic, Petra Kvitova and Li Na en route to her first Premier final.
Surprise Package Mark II
Jankovic may have exited the singles draw a tad prematurely, but she found solace in the doubles, teaming up with Katarina Srebotnik to pip a number of the tour's more established pairings to the title.
Katarina now has 34 career doubles titles. Only four active players have more.
Serena was not the only Williams enjoying herself in Toronto. Sister Venus, appearing in her first tournament since the French Open, was surprisingly chipper after an entertaining first round loss and even hung around to wipe the floor with tournament rent-a-character 'Spandy Andy' in a dance-off.
Marion Bartoli's Wimbledon triumph earlier this summer not only fulfilled her own childhood dream but helped inspire the next generation of French tennis stars. Among them was World No.28, Alizé Cornet.
"It was an amazing win. We were all very emotional about it," Cornet said when asked in Toronto about Bartoli's breakthrough. "I think it was a great motivation for all the French players. She showed the example that everything is possible in tennis, and if you really want it you can do it.
"Now we all want to do the same. The next generation of players coming up, we now all want to do the same. It's our dream to have this emotion. Marion showed us the way and I hope we will follow it."
Live All Access Hour
Want to ask the WTA's newest Grand Slam champion a question? Well, now is your chance, Marion (along with Serena, Maria Sharapova, Victoria Azarenka, Li Na and Agnieszka Radwanska) will be starring in the latest edition of the WTA Live All Access Hour presented by Xerox. Click here to find out more.