August 14, 2011
Serena Williams is the 2011 Rogers Cup presented by National Bank champion with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Samantha Stosur.
It was evenly-matched throughout the first eight games, until the American truly turned it up a notch. Williams was dominant in the second set, ripping seven aces while losing just one first service point. She clinched the match with an emphatic ace and immediately jumped and spun around in elation.
It is her second title in four tournaments since returning to tennis following a nearly year-long layoff, and her victory is clear evidence that she is ready to climb back to the No. 1 ranking.
Though Stosur's loss ended with a loss, her successful week should help her gain confidence heading into the final Slam of the season. Prior to coming to Toronto, she had lost in her opening round twice in a row, but she turned it around here.
Liezel Huber and Lisa Raymond have been crowned doubles champions after Victoria Azarenka and her partner Maria Kirilenko withdrew due to the Belarusian's hand injury.