Published: Mon, August 14, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Svitolina thrashes Wozniacki to capture Rogers Cup title

Svitolina thrashes Wozniacki to capture Rogers Cup title

Ukraine's Elina Svitolina has captured the Rogers Cup women's title.

The trend continued in the third set as each player broke in turn before Svitolina eventually held at 3-2. Halep, who is the defending champion of the event, for its part, defeated the French Caroline Garcia in two sets of 6-4 and 6-2, before lowering the flag in front of Svitolina later in the evening.

Some may find it hard to bet against Svitolina with the way she played both matches Saturday and the fact Wozniacki has built a recent reputation of being a choker in final appearances.

Halep did not fail to give some credit to Svitolina, saying of her opponent's game, "I think I couldn't feel it. And I think it was closer than what the scoreline showed". The updated Rogers Cup schedule is available at the tournament's official website.

She'll get another chance on Sunday. But she had no answers against Wozniacki, whose defensive game undid her attacking all court play. She awaits the victor of Simona Halep and Barbora Strycova, a match that will be played later.

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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, a former world No. 1, is 0-5 in finals this season. "I'm just very happy that it's finished - and with a title, it's even more special".

It was a high-quality tennis match in which Wozniacki established that she is also in the running for the #US Open title which she has missed twice by losing in the finals to Kim Clijsters in 2009 and Serena Williams in 2014. "Today was very hot, so I've been really struggling".

Svitolina's resolute defence was key to her victory over Wozniacki, who was guilty of increasingly frequent unforced errors as she tried in vain to make an impact. I have just to move on and to look forward. Second-seeded Yung-Jan Chan of Taiwan and Switzerland's Martina Hingis dropped a 6-4, 6-4 decision to eighth-seeded Anna-Lena Groenefeld of Germany and Kveta Peschke of the Czech Republic.

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