Wozniacki defeats Stephens, advances to first final in Toronto

Saturday, Aug 12

Prior to this year Caroline Wozniacki had never won a main draw match at Rogers Cup in Toronto. She does have two wins in qualifying, both coming in 2007. Even though she has had difficulty in the past winning in Toronto, she is a Rogers Cup champion – in Montreal!

This year Wozniacki has stormed through the draw and not only did she finally win a main draw match, she’s into the finals at Rogers Cup presented by National Bank.

Before the rain hit Aviva Centre on Saturday afternoon, no. 6 seed Wozniacki rolled past Sloane Stephens (USA) 6-2, 6-3 in one hour, 23 minutes.

This has been a good week for Wozniacki. In the quarterfinals she defeated world no. 1 Karolina Pliskova in three intense sets (7-5, 6-7[3], 6-4) that lasted nearly three hours. Wozniacki came back from a 1-5 deficit in the first set, as well. It was the Dane’s first career win over a world no. 1 player.

The Rogers Cup final will be Wozniacki’s SIXTH final appearance of 2017.

When asked what the secret to her success was, Wozniacki had a brilliant comeback:

To be honest with you, I just laughed at it and I said, You know what? I’m going to change something up. So I usually have had a driver here and I changed that. And then I changed my hotel. I’m going to try everything to try and win this time. And maybe it isn’t the driver or the hotel or the food, but, you know, I’m winning.

Caroline Wozniacki will play the winner of the second semifinal between world no. 2 Simona Halep and world no. 5 Elina Svitolina on Sunday, August 13. Both Svitolina (d. Garbiñe Muguruza) and Halep (d. Caroline Garcia) were impacted by Friday night’s rain delay and will need to play both their quarterfinal and semifinal matches on Saturday.


In doubles action, Czech duo and Rio 2016 Olympic bronze medalists Lucie Safarova and Barbora Strycova, the no. 3 seeds, defeated Canadian Gabriela Dabrowski and partner Jelena Ostapenko 7-5, 6-3 in the quarterfinals. They will play Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Kveta Peschke in the semifinals.

In the other half of the draw, defending champions and top seeds Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina face Nadiia Kichenok and Anastasia Rodionova.