Elena Dementieva capped off her very successful summer hard court season by winning the Rogers Cup in Toronto with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Maria Sharapova.
Dementieva, the most consistent women’s player this summer, will win the U.S. Open Olympus Series Race unless Flavia Pennetta, currently third in the race, wins New Haven next week.
Dementieva will be a heavy favorite going into the U.S. Open. Hard courts are her favorite surface and she has always played well at the Open with her best result being a finalist in 2004.
And credit should also go to Sharapova for reaching the Roger Cup finals. Her strong showing will put in the top 32 just in time for the Open seeding next week. Despite her serving problems, Sharapova will be a a true darkhorse at the Grand Slam so long as she gets a good draw.
Watch highlights of the match here.
Ok, the U.K. will not have a bank holiday to celebrate Andy Murray winning the Rogers Cup in Montreal. (Although I’m sure if Murrary wins Wimbledon some kind of national holiday would be declared.) Murray defeated Juan Martin Del Potro 6-7(4), 7-6(3), 6-1.
The match itself wasn’t the most scintillating thing I’ve ever seen. Murray played defense while JMDP kept unleashing atomic powered forehands whenever he could. Murray lost the first set in a breaker and things cruised along in the second until JMDP started having serving problems at the 4-5 game. He got up 40-love then figured out a way to get it to deuce before finally holding serve. Murray got it into a tiebreaker again and the serving woes continued for Del Potro.
JMDP then took a medical timeout to have treatment on his back, though I’m not sure what the exact problem was. But whether it was injury or fatigue, JMDP simply went away as Murray jumped out to 4-0 lead and then closed it out 6-1.
I thought JMDP had a good chance to win it and he really did overpower Murray with his ground game, especially the forehand. But Murray makes everyone hit one extra shot and players get so fed up that they go for that big winner — and miss.
Murray will move up to number two in the world whereas Del Potro should move up a spot to number five. Next week is Cincinnati and according to the draw Murray and Del Potro could meet in the quarters if they hold up. Hopefully Del Potro’s injury isn’t too severe as his play this summer gives him a great chance going into the U.S. Open which, unbelievably, is two weeks away.