First of all, I hope you enjoyed our this week’s coverage straight from the 2015 Rogers Cup, thanks to our photographer Jimmie48 who was capturing the action day and night for us, on Tuesday even attending 12 out of 22 matches. Do enjoy his photos from the past five days once again:
- Thursday: The day we got the last 8 women standing
- Wednesday: Azarenka vs. Kvitova blockbuster encounter
- Tuesday: Bouchard’s first-round exit
- Monday: Rain shortens the day, but still we have a bunch of nice pics of Serena Williams, Ana Ivanovic, Simona Halep, etc.
- Sunday: WTA stars test their hockey skills in Toronto
Now our photographer is back home and the grand Toronto event is down to the strongest four women — Simona Halep, Sara Errani, Belinda Bencic and Serena Williams.
The second-seeded Halep could not move her legs in the first half of the match, opening her quarterfinal encounter with the fashion-story-of-the-tournament Agnieszka Radwanska with a loss of seven straight games. Then the Romanian gradually found her rhythm, worked her way to 3-all in the second set and raced through the next eight games to soon afterwards win the match 0-6 6-3 6-1, milestone 300th of her career. In the semis Halep will meet the 15th-seeded Errani, who ended the run of qualifier Lesia Tsurenko, 6-4 6-4.
Belinda Bencic increased her count of former world number one players beaten at the 2015 Rogers Cup to two by ousting fifth-seeded Ana Ivanovic 6-4 6-2, and will next face current number one Serena Williams, a three-time champion in Toronto, who defeated Roberta Vinci 6-4 6-3 in the quarterfinals.
We all know that Serena is so strong that she can’t even compare to others, but the American still feels that she’s far from reaching her maximum. Look what she said after her latest win:
I don’t feel like I’m at my best or anywhere near it. But I feel like I’m going in the right direction and I want to keep that up.