The second round is in the books at the 2019 Rogers Cup. It’s been a good week so far and there have been so many closely contested matches. On Wednesday, seven of the 13 matches went the distance with just the one seed going out in the last match of the day where Iga Swiatek beat Caroline Wozniacki. Read on for the highlights from Wednesday’s day session in Toronto.
Match reviews 🎾
Dayana Yastremska d. Victoria Azarenka, 7-5 7-5 (R2)
Dayana Yastremska hit 47 winners in another impressive win, beating Victoria Azarenka in two tight sets. Yastremska wasted a 5-1 lead in the opening set but then rallied from 3-5 down in the second set, playing a fearless return game when Azarenka served for the set. Yastremska’s return has to be one of the most dangerous on the WTA as she is not afraid to go close to the lines.
Serving at *5-6 in the second set, Azarenka couldn’t buy a first serve and chucked in a couple of doubles too. Yastremska had her ups and downs during the match, but managed to outhit Azarenka most of the time. I really thought the summer hard court season would be Azarenka’s time to shine but it hasn’t happened for her yet. Yastremska is pushing on after her best Slam result last month. She’ll get a Wimby rematch against Sofia Kenin in the next round which I think is going to become a standard match-up on the WTA tour for many years to come.
Belinda Bencic d. Julia Goerges, 5-7 6-3 6-4 (R2)
Belinda Bencic extended her winning streak in Toronto to eight with a three set win over Julia Goerges. After two subdued sets, the third was was a rather dramatic affair as the pair had words after one point. Goerges took a nasty tumble and I would guess she was pissed because Bencic celebrated loudly at winning the point (I think Bencic didn’t see Goerges fall as it was at the end of the point). The pair both then argued separately with someone in the crowd who was eventually removed from the stands.
Goerges’s serve was the difference in the opening set but her first serve percentage fell away in the decider and she became increasingly error-strewn in all aspects of her game with wild groundstrokes and missed volleys. Credit to Bencic who stayed in contention, saving all five break points faced in the second set, and was ultimately the steadier of the pair in the deciding set. It was nice to see the pair have a lengthy chat at the end and settle their differences, ending with a hug 🤗.
Stat watch 🔢
Via Tennis Abstract, Bianca Andreescu is now 13-3 in three set matches in 2019. Andreescu toughed out what had looked liked an unlikely win at times over Daria Kasatkina, 5-7 6-2 7-5. Despite the loss, I feel Kasatkina is slowly turning her year around. It’s the same issue though with Dasha struggling to commit consistently to a more aggressive gameplan. Her coach, Carlos Martinez, came out on court and reiterated that she needed to play to win and not wait for errors.
LOL moment 🤣
Recommended reading 📚
Get to know Marie Bouzkova.
Recommended media 📺
Anett Kontaveit talked about Estonia in a post-match interview on the Rogers Cup social media sites.
Tomorrow’s OOP ⭐
Third round matches will be played in Toronto on Thursday. Decent line-up!