Super Svitolina Secures Rogers Cup as Wozniacki Final Hoodoo Continues

Posted August 14, 2017

"I had one year where I went to six finals and I won all of them", Wozniacki said in a post-match television interview.

Pliskova, meanwhile, will move on to play sixth-seeded Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark, who ousted 10th-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland 6-3, 6-1.

Inclement weather wreaked havoc on the match, as the start was delayed for more than two hours because of rain while three more interruptions ensued once play began.

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Wozniacki used an ace to win her sixth straight game and the first set. Svitolina is coming off quite a semifinal match in which she won 59 percent of her return points and managed to beat two top-10 players in the same day. This will make the Rogers Cup the second final they have contested, and Wozniacki will be desperate to get her revenge.

"Today, I was very focused and I learned a lot from that experience, which of course was very painful". Pliskova will likely enter the match as the favorite due to her beating Wozniacki two out of three times this season. "And I think it was closer than what the scoreline showed".

Interestingly, Svitolina is 4-0 in WTA finals this season - the most championships on the tour.

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That proved to be the turning point as Svitolina held served to take the set then cruised through the second set in just 31 minutes.

Simona Halep of Romania serves to Elina Svitolina of Ukraine during the semi-finals of the Rogers Cup Women's Tennis tournament in Toronto, Canada, 12 August 2017. The Polish player was playing her first tournament since Wimbledon, where she lost in the fourth round. Pliskova faced a test in the round of sixteen as her opponent, Naomi Osaka, extended the World No. 1 to a third set.

American Sloane Stephens also needed three sets before posting a 6-2, 1-6, 7-5 victory over Czech Lucie Safarova. "She's strong there and she played her game".

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The pair played twice in the day after rain disrupted the schedule. The top-seeded doubles team of Makarova and Russia's Elena Vesnina beat Bianca Andreescu of Mississauga, Ontario, and Montreal-based Carson Branstine 6-1, 6-1.