Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - World No. 1 star Serena Williams was a
straight-set victor in her semifinal matchup with Agnieszka Radwanska and will
play for her third Rogers Cup title against Sorana Cirstea.
Williams outlasted the third-seed Pole in a 1-hour, 51-minute affair, earning
a 7-6 (7-3), 6-4 triumph in a rematch of the 2012 Wimbledon final.
The top-seeded American is a two-time champion here, winning in both 2001 and
2011 while finishing as a runner-up in 2000. With a victory in the final,
Williams will claim her 54th singles title and move into solo possession of
ninth place on the all-time list. She's currently tied with Monica Seles.
Cirstea will be the challenger and will play in her first final in nearly five
years after knocking off a third Top-10 opponent in this tournament.
The Romanian clawed through a second-set tiebreaker on Saturday to finish off
2012 Rogers Cup runner-up Li Na, earning a 6-1, 7-6 (7-5) victory over the
World No. 5 player.
Cirstea defeated World No. 10 Caroline Wozniacki in the second round before
taking out last year's champion, No. 7 Petra Kvitova, in the quarterfinals. It
will be her first appearance in a final since winning Tashkent in 2008.
The newest Rogers Cup titlist will claim $426,000.
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