Serena Williams has won the Premier Mandatory event in Toronto as she defeated Samantha Stosur in the championship match with ease 6-4, 6-2.
Stosur never seems to have much left in the tank when it comes to tournament finals on the WTA Tour as she fell to 2-9 in championship matches, while Williams picked up her second straight title and 39th overall.
As of August 8, 2011, Williams was ranked 80th in the world, but with her title in Toronto she will pick up 1,000 ranking points.
With her new total of 1,710 ranking points (corrected), Williams should be ranked somewhere between 25th and 30th or so when the August 15, 2011, rankings are updated (Update: she is 31st).
She will be seeded in Flushing Meadows later this month, which is good news for the other seeded players. Had Williams been unseeded she could have been plunked down beside anyone in the draw in the first or second round, including the top players.
Williams did well to win the Toronto championship match so efficiently as the victory took less than 1 hour and 20 minutes.
There is no rest for the weary as Williams enters the Premier Mandatory event in Cincinnati (August 15-21) unseeded, and she will have to face Lucie Hradecka in the first round.
Should Williams win that match, as expected, she could face Samantha Stosur in the second round as the two players have been placed near each other in the Cincinnati draw.
Williams is currently the outright favorite to win the 2011 US Open later this month with Petra Kvitova an increasingly distant second favorite (source: bet365).
Like the new article format? Send us feedback!