Nothing can be said except absolute respect for Serena Williams who won her second straight Premier-level title with a convincing 6-4 6-2 victory over Samantha Stosur in the final of the Rogers Cup in Toronto. Serena doesn’t need months to get back in shape and warm up for big matches – after almost a year away from the courts Williams returned in style winning two of four tournaments she entered.
In the Rogers Cup final against tenth-seeded Stosur, Williams kept her serve throughout, faced just one break opportunity, won 89% of points on her first serve, and finished the match in style, firing four aces in the last game.
Ahead of the US Open, Serena is still cautious of calling herself a favorite: “I went through a lot of things physically, mentally and emotionally, and going through so much so I am just taking it one day at a time and kind of like one match at a time.”
The unseeded Williams, whose rankings dropped because of her long time away from the Tour, crushed Alona Bondarenko 6-0 6-3 in the first round, and then Julia Goerges, Zheng Jie, Lucie Safarova, Victoria Azarenka and finally Samantha Stosur. The victory saw Williams propel from No.80 to No.31 in the rankings. Before her injury layoff Williams was ranked No.1. (via Reuters, photos via WTA Tour)