Published: Mon, August 14, 2017
Sport | By Scott Davis

Elina Svitolina overpowers Caroline Wozniacki to win Rogers Cup

Elina Svitolina overpowers Caroline Wozniacki to win Rogers Cup

Pliskova somehow managed to overcome that demoralizing loss in the first set, and regrouped to play some good tennis, and won 7-6 (3) in the second.

These two have played twice and Svitolina has won both meetings.

Spots in the Rogers Cup finals were up for grabs Saturday, with Roger Federer and Caroline Wozniacki headlining the action in the men's and women's draws, respectively.

The trend continued in the third set as each player broke in turn before Svitolina eventually held at 3-2.

Simona Halep dropped just one game in a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Barbora Strycova to reach the Toronto quarterfinals.

No.5 seed Elina Svitolina won her WTA-leading fifth title of 2017 on Sunday, knocking out former WTA World No.1 Caroline Wozniacki, 6-4, 6-0, to win the Rogers Cup.

She completed a 6-2, 6-3 victory over American Sloane Stephens in a tidy 83 minutes at Aviva Centre. Svitolina hopes to win her fifth title of the season and her ninth title of her career. "So it was tough for me to close it and I think it's tough to play someone like (that)".

She had a straight-sets demolition of 37-year-old Venus Williams and wins over fourth seeded Garbine Muguruza and second seed Simona Halep. She had 41 unforced errors to 11 for Wozniacki. That sent Pliskova through to the quarterfinals in Toronto where she will face Wozniacki.

The delays, which all came during the first set, appeared to boost the sixth-seeded Dane, who was trailing 3-0 when the match was interrupted.

Wozniacki had lost her opening matches in all four previous appearances on the WTA Tour's Toronto stop. "Yeah, I'm very happy".

"That's really the way I think". In seesaw games that often went to deuce after long rallies on either player's serve, it was Svitolina's ability to better rebound from the ebbs and flows of the match (as well as Wozniacki's troubles at the net) that proved pivotal. "To be in this final once again, it really feels awesome and I feel like I have been playing really good tennis".

Anna-Lena Groenefeld (GER) / Kveta Peschke (CZE) d.

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