“I guess it listened to me, because apparently [it] did really well”, she said, smiling. My question is, to me that’s as flawless as you can get statistically speaking – and yet I see yourself sort of addressing yourself, talking to yourself during the match – I was just curious, why you feel that way? She strikes when she needs to and it’s done with incredible force. “No, I just felt like I kept hitting the frames and I wasn’t really going for a lot of shots”.
The 33-year-old Williams powered her way past Vinci by blasting 12 aces in the 78-minute match on center court.
Meanwhile, No. 5 Ana Ivanovic of Serbia defeated Slovenian qualifier Polona Hercog in straight sets (6-2, 6-3) and is scheduled to face Swiss teenager Belinda Bencic in the quarterfinal round tomorrow. He said I played good.
“I still think I have a tremendous amount of improvement to do off the ground and everywhere else”, Williams said.
However, Bencic managed to keep her emotions in check when it mattered. “It was fantastic. They gave me power to just stay there, still fighting for the victory”.
Despite being the defending Roger Cup champion, Radwanska feels like the underdog in Friday’s quarterfinal match against Halep.
Halep will face sixth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland, a 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 victor over Alize Cornet of France.
“I stayed there very focused and I said that I can do it with them”. Errani and Vinci took the doubles title. Fichman, from Toronto, and Zhao, of Richmond Hill, Ont., were a wild-card entry.
It was the American top seed’s fifth consecutive success over Petkovic and the manner of her victory was in stark contrast to her stuttering start to the tournament against Flavia Pennetta. Justine Henin will be inducted into the Rogers Cup Hall of Fame on Saturday evening. Williams has won the Rogers Cup on three occasions: 2001, 2011 and 2013. She’s been battling an elbow injury, she’s taken some time off, and she misfired quite a few times.