Elina Svitolina blasted past Caroline Wozniacki 6-4 6-0 in the Rogers Cup final, extending the Dane’s losing record in the 2017 WTA finals to 0-6, having previously also beaten her in the concluding match of this year’s Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.
In the first set, the fifth-seeded Svitolina twice failed to consolidate her lead after breaking Wozniacki’s serve, namely at 2-1 and 4-3, but the Ukrainian capitalized on her 5-4 advantage, holding serve in the following game to win the set in which both players committed more unforced errors than winners, with Svitolina’s negative differential being just two points better than her opponent’s.
The woes of the sixth-seeded Wozniacki only worsened in the second set, as Svitolina started piling up game wins, eventually bageling the Dane, whose only chance of a possible turnaround was in the fourth game when she earned a break point after being 40-0 down.
During the trophy ceremony, Wozniacki tried to stay positive and smile, but eventually she couldn’t hide tears in her eyes after yet again failing to win a WTA title this season. Svitolina, on the other hand, has a perfect 5-0 record in the 2017 finals, while this is her ninth career title.
Besides the former world No.1 Wozniacki, Svitolina’s list of victims this week in Toronto includes Daria Kasatkina, ninth seed Venus Williams, fourth seed Garbine Muguruza and second seed Simona Halep.
Svitolina’s winning apparel: the red Nike Fall Slam Dress and Nike Zoom Vapor 9.5 Tour shoes.
Our photographer Jimmie48 was at the Rogers Cup until the tournament’s third round, so have a look at his photo galleries, if you haven’t already:
- Thursday: Kerber, Venus crash out
- Wednesday: Bellis stuns Kuznetsova, Kvitova out
- Tuesday: Wozniacki records maiden win in Toronto