As the Rogers Cup kicks off tonight in Toronto (women) and Montreal (men), both draws have a clear favourite. Perennial men’s alpha Novak Djokovic must surely be the one to beat in Montreal…but the women’s side boasts an even clearer frontrunner in the seemingly invincible Serena Williams.
Over the last two years, it seems only Serena can beat Serena. Occasionally it’s been injury that has undone her; once in a while it’s the kind of mental lapse that even the best experience. But if Serena Williams is playing anything like her best, no one will come close to her this week in Toronto.
By virtue of beating Canadian Gabriela Dabrowski, Italy’s Flavia Pennetta has lined up a date with fate: when she takes the court for her next match on Wednesday, none other than Serena will be staring her down from across the net. And one of Best Player’s fave tennis stars, Germany’s Andrea Petkovic, could end up facing Serena a couple of rounds down the road if she hits a hot streak.
No matter. Barring a serious reversal of recent fortune, the Rogers Cup final will see Serena Williams defeating Petra Kvitova. Easily.