BY TERRANCE GAVAN – EDITOR
TORONTO – ROGERS CUP – So this match was a bit of a la-la and a lot of the blah-blah.
Even the usually boorish Aussie fans in the sparsely laden Rexall Tennis Centre on the campus of York University were visibly null and audibly devoid of their usual rigor and wham-bam-thank-you-maam repartee.
Three cheers. That’s all they could muster for their suddenly soul-less sister Sammie Stosur, an Aussie with huge guns and a prepossessing serve.
And those “Auzie, Auzie, Ozzie, oi, oi, oi” came not until late in the match when Serena Williams looked as if she was about to run over her Aussie challenger with the equivalent of a fluorescent green steam roller.
As it turned out? Serena wasn’t pressed. Stosur matched up for the first four games of the Women’s Canadian Open Tennis Final. Then her ground strokes vamoosed. And her serve went to hell.
Williams won her second consecutive U.S. summer hardcourt title a defeating Stosur 6-4, 6-2.
In only her fourth tournament after a season marred by injuries and illnesses, Venus’s younger sibling slogged through three-setters earlier in the tournament against China’s Zheng Jie and Czech Lucie Safarova.
From Canadian Press: “I’m so excited. I never expected to do this well,” Williams said. “I’m just so happy to be playing again, let alone winning. It’s cool.”
Williams also had to weather the big play of Stosur. Until 4-4 in the first set the Aussie gave just as good as she got with a big forehand and kicking serve that gave Williams problems.
“For me to be able to win, I had to play close to my best tennis. I wasn’t quite at that mark,” Stosur said, via a CP post. “At four-all I had 40-15 up on serve. You never want to lose serve, but especially being up in the game and holding quite comfortably until that point, it’s very disappointing to lose that.”
Williams did not even need to bring her A-game to the final on the swift green macadam of the Rexall Centre.
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There is nothing mysterious about Serena.
She is unequivocally the most talented player to ever grace a court.
She would mince Goolagong, Billie Jean, Martina or Chrissie.
Can’t compare eras?
Of course we can. On the basis of sheer and outlandish audacity and physical gifts? Serena is on paper and in life the best. She’s better than her sis’ Venus. And it’s possible that Martina Navratilova could give her a run. That would be the match I’d love to see. That and McEnroe versus Borg. Again.
But we dirgress. Sammy Stosur is an up and comer.
Serena Williams is on the flush side of an unbelievably successful career.
At 30 or 28 or 32 or whatever Serena is giving herself these days – it’s complicated – the youngest Willaiams sister is still, when unhampered by injury the best tennis player in the women’s draw.
She was popping off serves last last Sunday that clocked in at 189-195 Clicks.
Stosur, no slouch in that department herself, started strong but her serve just disappeared at 4-4 in the first set.
There’s the difference. Serena just seems to get stronger as the matches flow on.
The US Open, with a healthy Serena?
Gonna be watchable peeps. Extraordinarily watchable.
Well, I watched Joker Djokovic dominate last weekend. While Nadal, Federer and Andy Murray wilted under the Montreal sun.
Now that US Open. Again. It’s a peanuts and ice cream draw.
Nicely set up by the Canadian Open.