Tuesday, November 27, 2007

The Rogers Cup in Toronto last August

In response to a request for more tennis material, I'll report, rather late, on our pleasant day at the Rogers Cup WTA tournament in Toronto this summer. As usual, we attended the afternoon session Friday, which usually features three quarter-final matches, and almost did this time.

Overall, this was a fairly easy tournament for Henin, but featured some interesting elements. A Chinese player, Zi Yan, known up to this tournament only for doubles, made some great upsets, and finally reached the semi-finals, losing there to Henin.

The first match we saw featured Svetlana Kuznetsova

and Tatiana Golovina

which was the highlight of the day, with Kuznetsova dominating the first set, Golovina hanging on to win the second closely, and then dominating the third set.

In the second match Jelena Jankovic

against Virgina Razzano

with Jankovic winning easily.

Unfortunately, in the final match, Marion Bartoli was forced to retire early, before I had decided to take any pictures. Yan went on from this match to lose to Henin, while Jankovic beat Golovina.

It was a beautiful sunny warm day, unlike the last women's tournament we attended two years ago, which featured, after a couple of matches were played, the fiercest rainstorm to hit Toronto in years. You just never know when you commit to going to one of these tournaments.



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