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WTA Toronto Final Set: Serena Williams vs Samantha Stosur

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Shane LambertAnalyst IIAugust 13, 2011

The Rogers Cup final in Toronto is set with Serena Williams poised to face Samantha Stosur in Sunday's championship match (Aug. 14).


Stosur eliminated Agnieszka Radwanska in one of the women's semifinals 6-2, 5-7, 6-2, while Williams made light work of Victoria Azarenka in a 6-3, 6-3 result.


Stosur enters the final in Toronto having underachieved in championship finals in the past. She has just two titles in her career, and neither of them have come at the Premier Mandatory level, winning only at Charleston and Osaka.


Stosur has lost all eight of her other championship match appearances, and it would be shocking if she defeated Serena Williams, a player with an incredible 38 titles to her credit.


Williams is without doubt the better player when facing the pressure of championship matches and also owns a modest 3-2 heads-up advantage over Stosur.


The Aussie did win their last heads-up match at the 2010 French Open, however that was on clay, which is typically Stosur's best surface and typically Williams' worst.


On the hard court surface Williams is 3-1 against Stosur including a win in their most recent hard court match in straight sets from the 2010 Australian Open.


If Stosur found a way to pull the championship final off, it would be shocking as the American played with dominance against Victoria Azarenka on Saturday and appears to be returning to her best tennis—if she is not already there.

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