Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : August 12th 2013 Contents Serena Williams of the US, right, poses for photographs after winning the women's singles championship at
the Rogers Cup tennis tournament by defeating Sorana Cirstea, left, of Romania, in Toronto, yesterday.
Williams won 6-2, 6-0. AP PHOTO
Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Monday, August 12, 2013
TORONTO---Serena Williams won
the Rogers Cup for the third time,
routing unseeded Romanian Sorana
Cirstea 6-2, 6-0 in yesterday s final.
The top-ranked woman captured her
eighth WTA title of the year and 54th
of her career. All three of her Rogers
Cup crowns have come in Toronto, the
others in 2001 and 2011. Williams has
lost only one match since March, a
stunning early exit at Wimbledon.
She did not drop a set this week.
The only time she was tested was in
her semifinal against third-seeded
Cirstea was appearing in her third
WTA final and looking to build on her
only title---in 2008 at Tashkent. But
despite this loss, the tournament proved
a breakthrough. She ousted two former
No 1 players in Jelena Jankovic and Car-
oline Wozniacki. She also defeated
defending champion Petra Kvitova in
the quarterfinals and fourth-seeded Li
Na in the semis.
Cirstea was unsteady from the open-
ing game, double-faulting the first point
and again at 30-40 to give Williams
an early break. Williams broke again
for 3-0 after Cirstea sent a backhand
wide. That prompted a visit from her
Australian coach, Darren Cahill.
The pep talk appeared to work
momentarily. Cirstea won four straight
points to break back and held serve at
3-2. But Williams quickly removed any
chance of an upset, winning two
straight games and acing a set point
winner to make it 6-2.
With shouts of "Sorana" and "Ser-
ena" volleying around the stadium,
splashes of Romania s blue, yellow and
red could be seen dotting the Rexall
Centre stands on a warm, sunny after-
But Cirstea s contingent had even
less to cheer for in the second set.
Williams used her trademark power
strokes to keep Cirstea running and
ripped an ace to hold serve at 2-0.
Cirstea, her head hanging low, again
called for Cahill for motivation. But it
didn t do much good. Williams eased
through the final four games and
wrapped up the match in just more
Serena romps to
third Rogers Cup
Andy Murray saw his hopes of a
third career doubles title dashed as
he and playing partner Colin Fleming
were beaten by Alexander Peya and
Bruno Soares at the Rogers Cup in
Murray teamed up with Fleming after
his singles defeat to Ernests Gulbis with
Fleming s usual partner Jonny Marray
unable to compete due to his world
The Wimbledon champion had pre-
viously won doubles titles in Valencia
and Tokyo with brother Jamie and
looked on course for an unlikely third
after defeating the fourth, fifth and
sixth-seeded pairs en route to the final.
But Austrian Peya and and Brazilian
Soares had too much for them in the
final and claimed a 6-4 7-6 (7/4) vic-
The third seeds won the opening set
without conceding a single break point
although they only managed one break
of their own from six opportunities.
Murray and Fleming then quickly
found themselves 2-0 down in the sec-
ond and, despite battling back to take
it to a tie-break, Peya and Soares closed
out the victory.
Dereck Chisora s knockout win
over Malik Scott will stand after the
American s appeal against the stop-
page was rejected by the British Box-
ing Board of Control.
Chisora faced Scott in a crucial
heavyweight clash last month and
the fight ended in bizarre fashion
with the Philadelphia man appearing
to misjudge the referee s count after
being caught by a right hand.
Scott did not seem badly hurt
when he dropped to one knee, but
he failed to rise to his feet until referee
Phil Edwards had reached nine and
the official waved off the contest.
A protest lodged by Scott s camp
after the bout has since been dis-
missed by the BBBoC and general
secretary Robert Smith insists the
fighter was not in a position to defend
Sarah Elliott was unbeaten on 95
as Australia made a commanding start
to the Ashes Test against England at
The Victorian Spirit player came to
the crease with Australia 17 for one in
this one-off Test and by the close the
visitors had reached 243 for three.
Australia won the toss and elected
to bat, but a fine bowling spell by
Katherine Brunt and Anya Shrubsole
restricted the visitors to just one run
in the first five overs.
However, Rachael Haynes appeared
to be getting into her rhythm with con-
secutive boundaries off Shrubsole before
the Englishwoman bowled her for just
10, Australia 17 for one.
Elliott came to the crease to join Meg
Lanning and the pair had moved the
score on to 87, only for the latter to be
run out having made 48, including eight
boundaries. Elliott was then joined by
Jess Cameron and although there was
some tight bowling from England, there
was no sign of a breakthrough.
Murray and Fleming beaten
British Board backs Chisora's victory
Elliot puts Aussies women in strong spot
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