WTA Insider Courtney Nguyen | Recapping Belinda Bencic's dream week in Toronto, Vicky Duval's inspirational return to tennis and Mattek-Sands/Safarova's qualification for Singapore.
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- Belinda Bencic's incredible Rogers Cup debut: The 18-year-old, playing for the first time in Toronto, beat six consecutive Grand Slam finalists -- including two Slam champions -- to win the biggest title of her career. Bencic defeated Eugenie Bouchard, Caroline Wozniacki, Sabine Lisicki, Ana Ivanovic, Serena Williams, and Simona Halep in succession to win her second career title and vault up both the WTA Rankings and Road To Singapore leaderboard to No.12.

- Simona Halep's confidence-boosting week: With no expectations after a four-week break, Halep ground out wins over Jelena Jankovic, Angelique Kerber, Agnieszka Radwanska and Sara Errani before succumbing to heat illness in the final, retiring down 3-0 in the third set to Bencic. Still, this was an incredibly positive result for the World No.3, who goes into the rest of the hardcourt season knowing her game is still intact.

- Serena Williams' sub-par performance: Serena admitted in Toronto that she never felt quite right during the week, either on the practice or match courts. She pocketed three wins over Flavia Pennetta, Andrea Petkovic and Roberta Vinci before taking just her second loss of the season to Bencic in the semifinals. The biggest concerns are health-related, as she sprained fingers on her left hand against Vinci and is still taking things day-to-day with the right elbow that has been plaguing her since the French Open. But it's very possible the loss in Toronto will alleviate some of the pressure as she makes her way to the US Open. It's better to have a bad day now than in a few weeks, right?

- Bencic takes the lead in the Emirates Airline US Open Series: By winning the biggest title of the US Open Series so far, Bencic takes the lead in the US Open Series, with Stanford champion Angelique Kerber at No.2 and Toronto runner-up Simona Halep at No.3. Here's Bencic's reaction when she found out she could be eligible for a $1 million bonus down the road if she can hold on to the top spot:

- Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova won their fourth title of the season at the Rogers Cup and became the second team to qualify for the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global.

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- From The Guardian: Vicky Duval started her comeback last week at an ITF in Landisville, Pennsylvania, where she made the quarterfinals.

- Nicole Pratt, coach to Daria Gavrilova, offers some interesting insight into the new SAP Tennis Analytics program. More from WTA Insider.

-  From SI.com: A great read by former WTA player Neha Uberoi, about her difficult, but ultimately triumphant transition after retiring in 2008.

- One final salute to Belinda Bencic: