Toronto | Svitolina denies Wozniacki again
Elina Svitolina inflicted a crushing defeat on Caroline Wozniacki in what was the Dane’s sixth unsuccessful final of the year as the Ukranian claimed her fifth title of the season when won the WTA’s Premiere Event in Toronto, the Rogers Cup.
It was an incredible week. Played against great players, I beat them, and it’s just something really amazing and I am very, very tiredElina Svitolina
Svitolina thumped Wozniacki 6-4 6-0 in just 77-minutes to become the first player win three Premier 5 titles in a season adding to her victories in Dubai – also against Wozniacki – and Rome.
It completed a hugely impressive weekend’s work from the 22-year-old, who on Saturday had secured a quarter-finals win against Wimbledon champion and world No 4 Garbine Muguruza, then thrashed world No 2 Simona Halep, the 2016 Rogers Cup winner, 6-1 6-1.
Svitolina had a clear edge from the baseline, thanks to her impressive retrieving ability forcing Wozniacki to go for more winners and consequently making more unforced errors as a result.
“It was an incredible week. Played against great players, I beat them, and it’s just something really amazing and I am very, very tired,” said Svitolina, who was playing her third match in two days after rain pushed her quarter-final to Saturday.
“I left everything out there. It’s been incredible that I could go through this. I didn’t even think that I could.”
Meanwhile Maria Sharapova has withdrawn from the Cincinnati Open with a nagging left arm injury she picked up at the Stanford Classic. The Russian, who suffered the injury during her first-round match, said her decision was more precautionary in view of the US Open which starts in two weeks.
The Russian’s decision to withdraw marks the latest setback in her comeback this year after a 15-month doping ban. Ranked in the 140’s she currently needs wildcards in order to compete in the main draw and she still does not know whether she will be granted one of for Flushing Meadows so could well be playing in the Qualifying event the week before the main draw gets under way,