Venus Williams on her love for Toronto and how she planned to celebrate her hard-fought first career win in the City.
“Yeah, it was looking shaky. I’ve got to figure out how to play my best tennis here. I enjoy the city. I’ve had a blast. I have just never won a match. So 22 years in, here I am finally raising up my hands as a winner in Toronto. You know, maybe I should celebrate tonight. I’m going to celebrate by going to bed.”
Caroline Wozniacki reveals her competition anxiety after also closing out her first win in the City.
“I’ve done really well in Montreal. I’ve won the tournament finals and semifinals but here this is my first match win so I was kind of nervous closing it out. Thankfully I gave myself enough of a lead so I said, Okay I can do this. Thanks to the crowd for helping me as well.”
Karolina Pliskova on life at the top of the rankings list.
“I’m definitely excited to be playing my first tournament as No. 1. ”
Genie Bouchard recalls how her surprise doubles partnership with Pliskova came about.
“Yeah, Karolina just texted me out of the blue last week and said, Do you want to play? And I said, Sure. I mean, you don’t say no to No. 1 in the world, right? But I’m super grateful she asked. And she’s a very chill person, and it’s cool.”
Bianca Adreescu talks being on tour with good friend and doubles partner, new Canadian Carson Branstine.
“It’s amazing, finding a good friend on tour. It’s hard sometimes. But I’m glad she switched to being Canadian. We really get along very well right from the start. And playing doubles with a very good friend is amazing. It’s hard to find that.”
Simona Halep on the support from her Romanian fans.
“I have a few that feel like home. This is one of them.”