Yesterday was finals day in both Stanford and Washington. I’ll try to catch up the finals with WTA TV but here’s a roundup also covering final qualifying action in Toronto.
Madison Keys is back in the winners circle after more than a year! After needing two wrist surgeries, one at the end of last year and one before Wimbledon, the American is back fit and healthy and that is probably what she wants the most. Keys defeated CoCo Vandeweghe in a high-quality encounter, 7-6(4) 6-4.
Great sportsmanship from Vandeweghe after a tough loss in her second Stanford final. She is yet to win a Premier title but it seems to be due soon.
This was going to be a hard-hitting encounter likely dominated by serve and it indeed was. The only break came in the second set at 4-4 when Vandeweghe hit a groundstroke wide. Both women had great serving days, serving at a decent 61% first serves. Keys won 76% of them, while Vandeweghe won 73%. Their serves with extra kick helped them on their second serves too as they won 62% and 65% of the second serve respectively. I can’t wait to watch it later on demand! 😀
In Washington DC, Ekaterina Makarova won her first singles title in three years, defeating three-time runner-up this year in finals, Julia Goerges, 3-6 7-6(2) 6-0. She was definitely pretty emotional and ecstatic!
Makarova has done well in doubles with Russian partner Elena Vesnina for the past three years but it means a lot to do well in singles as well. Here’s Makarova’s take on her win.
Here’s the final stats. It seemed like another awesome one!
The WTA tour now heads to Toronto for the third Premier 5 event of the year. Final qualifying action ended and the most notable qualifiers are Bucharest champion Irina-Camelia Begu, Naomi Osaka, Donna Vekic and Ashleigh Barty. Follow the Twitter account below from some awesome pictures for this week!
The qualifiers are now placed in the draw. The most exciting one of them all is probably Donna Vekic-Eugenie Bouchard. The worst thing is that the winner of that plays Angie Kerber ughhhhh.
Most of the players have already landed in Toronto including new World No.1 Karolina Pliskova, Simona Halep, Angelique Kerber and Agnieszka Radwanska. Go Aga! She plays Vandeweghe in the first round though which is ughhhhhh again.
Main draw action in Toronto will start tomorrow and you can find my draw preview and thoughts on Day 1 matches linked below. There will be loads of coverage from the Rogers Cup this week including previews, predictions, highlight videos and more! 🙂