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Serena Williams claims Rogers Cup in Toronto

Updated: Sunday, 11 Aug 2013 21:20 | Comments

Serena Williams dismantled Sorana Cirstea's challenge
Serena Williams dismantled Sorana Cirstea's challenge

World number one Serena Williams claimed the 54th WTA title of her career as she completely overpowered Sorana Cirstea for a straight-sets win in the final of the Rogers Cup in Toronto.

Cirstea had beaten top-10 trio Li Na, Petra Kvitova and Caroline Wozniacki en route to the final but she was powerless in the face of Williams.

The American roared to a 3-0 lead before Cirstea hit back for 3-2 but that was as good as it got for the Romanian.

Top seed Williams reeled off the next nine games to complete a 6-2 6-0 victory in 65 minutes.

It was Williams' third Rogers Cup title, having won in 2001 and 2011, and she is now in ninth on the all-time WTA title list.

Only eight players have more career WTA singles titles than Williams: Martina Navratilova (167), Chris Evert (154), Steffi Graf (107), Margaret Court (92), Evonne Goolagong-Cawley (68), Billie Jean King (67), Lindsay Davenport (55) and Virginia Wade (55).

Williams consoled Cirstea who was visibly emotional after being dismantled by her opponent, saying: "You're so young, I wish I was 23, don't be sad!

"You've beaten so many top players this week and you're really such a good player."

She added: "Sorana's one of the nicest girls on tour and has such a bright future."

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