Belinda Bencic upsets Serena Williams
The biggest upset of the tournament is the Swiss teen Belinda Bencic’ victory over world number one Serena Williams. In three sets 6-3, 5-7, 4-6 , the Swiss sent Williams home and became the youngest player to beat Serena Williams after Maria Sharapova at the WTA finals of 2004.
“I can’t describe the feeling right now,” said Bencic, the winner this year at Eastbourne for her first career title. “I was very overwhelmed from the situation on the court, but I’m just so happy the (winning) forehand landed in and she couldn’t reach it anymore. It was an incredible feeling. I have no words.”
Williams commented that she played really crappy today.
“I think I played really crappy today,” Williams said. “I’ll try to be politically correct. And I don’t think you would disagree.”
Belinda Bencic will now play Simona Halep who defeated Italian Sara Errani in the other semi.
Simona Halep defeats Sara Errani for a spot in the Rogers Cup 2015 finals
Simona Halep played Sara Errani in the Rogers Cup 2015 semi finals and defeated her in straight sets 6-4, 6-4. Halep will now play Swiss Belinda Bencic who ousted Serena Williams in that other semi.
Halep is going for her 12th career title at the Rogers Cup 2015 and her fourth of the year.
“I didn’t play my best tennis but I played well enough to win the match,” Halep said. “I knew she would play great. I tried everything. I was fighting until the end.”
WTA boss and Martina Navratilova call for tougher punishment for Nick Kyrgios
Meanwhile WTA CEO as well as Martina Navratilova are demanding tougher punishment for Australian Nick Kyrgios. Kyrogios got fined $10.000 for unprofessional behaviour on the court in his match versus Stan Wawrinka earlier this week. I won’t go into it here but suffice to say that he was harsh and vile when he said it. But tennis does need its’ bad boys and Kyrgios is just that. Scoop Malinowski of Tennis-Prose.com wrote about the outrageous vilification of Nick Kyrgios in the fallout of that event. And Scoop makes a lot of good points. Make sure you also read The Kyrgios and Wawrinka Feud in Montreal and Examples of incidents of violence in tennis. The articles will give you good insight and background on the infamous feud making Kyrgios even more notorious than he was before.
But I digress.
Stacey Allaster said the following about the incident in a statement:
“The statement made by Nick Kyrgios is crude and unacceptable,” Allaster said in a statement. “I commend the ATP on assessing the on-site maximum fine and urge there to be further sanctions in accordance with their process.”
Martina Navratilova echoed Allaster’s words on twitter and had the following to say: “I think there needs to be more than just a fine. There is no place for that kind of behavior, that is clear.”
Serena Williams wisely kept her opinion to herself when she was asked for her view on the feud:
“I think a lot of people saw, but as I said at Wimbledon, I’m no longer involved in controversy, so I don’t want to be involved in any controversies,” Williams said.
Lucky attender wins trip to Dubai
Pierre Hunt was the lucky guy to win the trip to Dubai in the A380 at the Rogers Cup. This moment…we just couldn’t keep this from you.
“Pierre from Brampton” won a trip to Dubai thanks to a tennis ball from @serenawilliams & he’s the best. #RogersCup pic.twitter.com/NfNpVctg1m
— Thierry (@tcote) August 15, 2015