Hello all, too busy to keep up with the tennis events of this past week? No worries, We have you covered. Here is our Tennis Stage Weekly Wrap Up for Sunday, August 13th
Tennis took center stage in Canada this week with major tournaments taking place in both Toronto (Rogers Cup WTA) and Montreal (Rogers Cup ATP).
In the women's final Caroline Wozniacki met Elina Svitolina. Both had played well all week and the crowd was looking forward to a hard fought match. The crowd was not disappointed. There were long, drawn out rallies that showcased the movement and the consistency of both players. However, in the first set, Svitolina moved a little better, served a little better and was able to pull the trigger and switch from defense to offense more easily than Wozniacki. Svitolina took the first set 6-4.
In the second set, Elina played more freely and aggressively. She continued to serve well and she stepped up her ground game by taking the ball even earlier than in the first set. Wozniacki fought valiantly but Svitolina was too tough and won the match 6-4, 6-0.
Svitolina played very well today. She deserved this match and this tournament. At the moment Svitolina is moving and counter punching better than anyone on tour. It will be interesting to see how she does at the US Open. At this moment she is definitely one of our top 3 picks. We will see what happens.
In the men's final Roger Federer took on Alexander Zverev. The last time these two played was in Halle, Germany a couple of months ago and Federer made quick work of the youngster.
In today's final Zverev had other plans. With lights out serving and explosive groundstrokes, Zverev was able to keep Roger on his back foot for most of the first set. Tactically, Zverev would stand far behind the baseline and fire groundstrokes as hard as he could in an attempt to get a defensive ball from Federer. This strategy seemed to work and Zverev would pounce and hit winners off of Roger's short replies. Zverev won the first set 6-3.
Early in the second set Federer's serve speed and footwork dropped drastically. It became apparent that Federer was slightly injured. Most likely his back was the culprit. In spite of the injury, Roger did the best he could. Zverev quickly closed out the match against an injured Federer 6-3, 6-4.
Great play by Zverev. He is a real contender for the US Open if he keeps up this level of play. As for Roger, our fingers are crossed that his back injury is not too severe and he will be to play the US Open starting in two weeks.
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