Big-serving Serena Williams captures Toronto Cup

Sun Aug 14, 2011 5:24pm EDT
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By Frank Pingue

TORONTO (Reuters) - Serena Williams won her second straight tournament and proved her mettle ahead of the U.S. Open with a convincing 6-4 6-2 win over Australia's Samantha Stosur in the Toronto Cup final on Sunday.

The former world number one, playing in just her fourth tournament since returning from an 11-month layoff in June, capped the victory in style with an ace and then raised her arms in the air before jumping up and down repeatedly.

Williams, who won the Stanford Classic last month, held her serve throughout the 77-minute match and called her game solid despite acknowledging there is room for improvement for the U.S. Open, which begins on August 29.

"My game is here and I feel like there are a lot of improvements I want to make -- being able to close out big points and winning on big points and capitalizing on that and still returning a little bit better," Williams told reporters.

"But overall it's solid, I want to definitely keep it up and not go down."

Stosur went toe-to-toe with Williams in a first set that went with serve until the 13-times grand slam champion broke in the ninth game with a forehand volley to the empty side of the court. She served out in the next game.

Williams had sent a screaming backhand winner down the line one point previously, which she said was when the match turned in her favor.

"I definitely think that's when the match started changing, but for the most part I was really fighting until that point," Williams said.   Continued...

<p>Serena Williams of the U.S. holds the trophy after defeating Samantha Stosur of Australia during their finals match at the Rogers Cup women's tennis tournament in Toronto August 14, 2011. REUTERS/Mark Blinch</p>