Simona Halep defeated Madison Keys in Sunday’s Montreal final, 7-6(2) 6-3. The match, in terms of the quality of tennis, was not one for the scrapbook! Halep twice failed to serve out the first set but held on in the first set tiebreak, which was decided entirely by errors.
The quality was marginally better in the second set with Halep playing a very tidy set including a series of confident service holds, not allowing Keys to wrestle back any momentum. Halep had a superb week with four wins over players she had lost to in their previous meeting in 2016. Halep is now on a ten match winning streak and will next play in Cincy… Congrats, Simona!
Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina defeated Simona Halep and Monica Niculescu in the doubles final, 6-3 7-6(5).
Completed Singles Draw
Tweets I liked
Match of the week
While it wasn’t the result I was hoping for, Eugenie Bouchard’s 6-3 3-6 7-6(3) win over Lucie Safarova was a thoroughly entertaining match. There were some sensational shotmaking towards the end of the match.
Here are two crackers from the Bouchard-Safarova match. The first shot, a terrific passing shot from Bouchard in the final set tiebreak, helped the Canadian on her way to match point. The second video is linked to a fabulous forehand down-the-line winner from Safarova in a precarious position at *4-5 *15-30 in the third set.
Here’s another super point from Bouchard during her second round win over Dominika Cibulkova.
An awesome forehand winner from Madison Keys on match point in her semi-final match against Kristina Kucova.
V.Williams v Strycova was one of the worst matches i’ve watched all year but this was brilliant from Bara!
Another good week for Pavs, here’s a hot shot from victory over Agnieszka Radwanska.
Loved this from Christina McHale.
ICYMI: I was writing for Women’s Tennis Blog this weekend, recapping the semi-finals and final in Montreal.
Racket Rally: Unfortunately it seems that RR has died so I won’t be providing any more updates.
Tennis Draw Challenge: Congrats to tweissinger97 who correctly predicted a Halep-Keys final to win Montreal in the Moo’s Tennis Blog league. More details on how to join can be found HERE.