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Jan 28, 2013 2:33am
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MONTREAL —It will be Petra Kvitova and Li Na in the final of the US$2. Ray Lewis Camo Jersey .17 womens Rogers Cup.
Kvitova, the 2011 Wimbledon champion, dominated the final two sets of a
rain-interrupted semifinal to defeat seventh-seeded Caroline Wozniacki 3-6, 6-2,
6-3 on Sunday at the hardcourt event at Uniprix Stadium. Li was one game from
defeat before she fought back for a 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 victory over 16th-seeded Lucie
Safarova. The final is set for Monday night, with both players vying for a first
Rogers Cup title. While Lis match was held in warm sunshine, evening play was
delayed 45 minutes by a downpour just as the second set ended. Kvitova, who has
seven WTA victories but none in Noth America, broke service to open the final
set and didnt let up in a well-played set that featured long baseline rallies.
The 22-year-old Czech is in her first tournament final of the year after winning
six times in 2011. Wozniacki, a former world No. 1 now ranked eighth, arrived
from a quarter-final at the London Olympics also seeking her first tournament
win of the season after claiming six in each of the previous two years. Lis win
was more dramatic. Safarova led 5-1 in the final set but then fell apart as
10th-seeded Li won an error-filled match. The Czech admitted she thought the
match was won and she only needed to let Li continue to make mistakes, but the
Chinese veteran had other plans. “There was nothing on my mind, you couldnt
think too much on the court,” said Li, the 2011 French Open champion. “I just
told myself to play point by point, play the ball back in the court and see how
its going. This is tennis. You put the ball back in the court, and over the net.
It looks easy, but sometimes I couldnt do it.” The 30-year-old Li has a
six-match winning streak against Safarova dating to 2009 and is 6-1 in her
career against the 25-year-old. “Closing a match is always a little bit of a
nervous moment,” said Safarova. “I was thinking that she made a lot of mistakes
in the games before, and I just didnt put enough pressure and she used that
situation to turn it over. “Then she started serving well and playing better and
it just slipped away.” There was little for the crowd to cheer in a match with
few long exchanges and many unforced errors. The lefthander Safarova hit some
sweet forehands down the line in the first set, but Li got her first serve going
in the second to tie the match. Safarova looked to have the match locked up in
the third, but then lost the range on her serve and her groundstrokes and
watched Li win six games in a row. “Thats tennis—until the last point, its
not finished,” said Safarova. “I should have gone for it more, taken more risks,
and tried to go for winners, not wait for her mistakes. Thats why shes a top-10
player. She goes for it in every situation.” There were sections of the
grandstands nearly empty of spectators at centre court for both semifinals, a
sign the event lacks the buzz of previous years going head-to-head with the
London Olympics. Li was coming off consecutive wins over top-opponents in
Agnieszka Radwanska and Sara Errani. Safarova had lost in the first round of her
last two events—Wimbledon and the Olympics. Safarova had already surpassed
her best Rogers Cup performance by reaching the semifinal. The world No. 23 is
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successfully retained the Hong Kong Open title in 53 years. Rory McIlroy wants
to be the second. McIlroy drilled a brilliant bunker shot on the last hole a
year ago to win the title by two strokes, becoming the tournaments youngest
winner at 22 after being runner-up in 2008 and 2009. He first competed in Hong
Kong at 16, when he got a glimpse of the area off mainland China. “I first came
here as a junior in the Faldo Series and players like Oliver Fisher and myself
and a few others stayed at the golf club at Fanling and it was great fun and Ive
always really enjoyed the golf course,” McIlroy said. “Then when it became a
European Tour event, I came back and stayed in the city on Hong Kong island and
Ive just really enjoyed the buzz and the atmosphere.” Only Taiwans Hsieh Yung-yo
has won the event two years in a row, in 1963-64. “Its here also that I have had
some great experiences as a player, taking part in one of the best playoffs ever
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finally put my name on the Hong Kong Open trophy last year.” McIlroy will face
19-year-old Matteo Manassero, the new Singapore Open winner, who will play the
opening two rounds with McIlroy. “When I think of Rory, I think he has an
impossible game to imitate,” the Italian teen said. “He is so good and he plays
probably the best game in the world.” While McIlroy has sealed the European Tour
money title, others are eager to make the top 115 and secure automatic tour
membership for next year. Four players will come off the money list for not
playing the minimum of 13 events, including Scotlands Martin Laird who has
played in 10. The cutoff will be 119th. Rhys Davies of Wales currently holds
that position, and two former tour winners in Bradley Dredge (121st) and Andrew
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