Rogers Cup Preview

August 10, 2015

Ask a redundant question... WTA Rogers Cup

I saw a pre-Toronto headline somewhere over the weekend, asking “How good is Serena Williams?” It seemed a bit of pointless, redundant question given all that she has achieved in her career and having won three Grand Slams so far this season alone. Like a fine wine, she’s getting better with age perhaps, so why bother asking the question?

Then I realized that the headline was posing the question of how good Serena Williams is in Toronto at the Rogers Cup which gets underway this week. Then I realized that the question was still frankly redundant in that respect as well. Serena Williams has won the two previous editions of the Roger Cup in Toronto, which means that she is undefeated in eleven matches at the event.

The last defeat for Williams in Toronto was in 2009 by Elena Dementieva (the only player on the WTA incidentally to have beaten both Williams and Maria Sharapova at the same event). It’s another one of those draws where Williams should run through to the latter stages unopposed. Her first real tough game frankly (on paper at least) won’t come until the final, because Lucie Safarova is the top seed she could face in her quarter, while it is potentially either Caroline Wozniacki are Ana Ivanovic in the semi’s.

Yes, more predictable outcomes to come. Adding to that is the fact that Simona Halep, Agnieszka Radwanska, Petra Kvitova, Victoria Azarenka and Wimbledon finalist Garbine Muguruza are all crammed into the bottom half of the draw. Kvitova could face Azarenka in the second round, Halep could meet Stanford winner Angelique Kerber in the third round, Radwanska’s flaky on the hard court which leaves Muguruza having the easiest run to the quarters of all those.

ATP Rogers Cup

Over on the men’s side of the Rogers Cup in Montreal, there is more predictability, insomuch as Novak Djokovic is going off as favourite. This is his first outing since winning Wimbledon, and he has lifted the Roger Cup three times before in his career. Two of his three wins came in Montreal (2007, 2011) and he holds a 15-2 match record in Montreal, winning fourteen of his sixteen previous Rogers Cup matches there. Djokovic holds a 25-2 hard court match record this season heading into Montreal.

As with Serena Williams dominating the women’s draw, it’s all about Djokovic in the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events. He has won all four Masters 1000 events that he has entered this season, posting a 21-0 match record (Indian Wells, Miami, Monte-Carlo, Rome). He has blistered offer incredibly 18-2 record against top ten players this season as well.

One of those defeats came against Stan Wawrinka in the final of this season’s French Open of course, and Djokovic could face a rematch against Stan Wawrinka in the semifinals. Two former winners in Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal contest the opposite half of the draw to Djokovic.

Sadly (from any excitement angle) looking at the draws for both tournaments, who would oppose a Djokovic/Williams double?

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