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Canada Gets Non-Medalists into Final Rounds

Joker, Gasquet in Toronto Final; Kvitova is Highest Seed Remaining


August 12, 2012 | 07:43 AM

Only one player who played in the Olympic medal round and made it as far as the quarters in Toronto or Montreal: Joker. No one else had so much to lose. Joker was also the only player in any Canadian semis who has already won an event in 2012.

In Britain, they'd say Canada got the remains of the day.

After an exhausting 3 months of competition, featuring two top level tournaments, Wimbledon and the Olympics, only one player from the Olympic medal rounds made it as far as the quarters in Toronto or Montreal: Joker. No one else had so much to lose. Joker was also the only player in any Canadian semis who has already won an event in 2012.

TORONTO: Semis Results

Joker beat countryman Tipsarevic 6-4, 6-1.

His final opponent? After a 7-6 (3), 6-3 win over #8 Isner, #14 Richard Gasquet reached his first 1000 final since Toronto in 2006. Figures it would be here. Has he ever beaten Joker? Turns out, yes - but not in the last 3 years. He beat him once in 2007, in China.

MONTREAL: Quarterfinal Results

The #5 seed Kvitova defeated unseeded Paszek 6-3, 6-2 to reach the semis against #7 seed Wozniacki, as 6-4, 6-4 winner over Wozniack from Canada.

In the other half, Li Na, hardly a visible presence in the last year, beat a flat Aggie Radwanska 6-2, 6-1, while unseeded Lucie Safarova defeated unseeded Roberta Vinci 6-2, 6-2.

Kvitova hasn't won an event in 2012 either, and her failed to perform except in the 3 Majors, where she reached the semis in two and the quarters at Wimbledon and the Olympics.

Wozniacki, also without a title this year and carrying a 25-14 record YTD, is not in the top 10 in the 2012 Points Race (she's 11th; this event should push her into the top 10).

Li Na hasn't won an event this year, losing twice in finals. In Premier events, her only showing past the quarters was in Rome where she reached the final, partly due to Serena withdrawing in the semis with her. In Majors,she hasn't been past the round of 16, and she lost in the first round of the Olympics.

Safarova, ranked 21st, is having her best WTA event of the year, but has a 23-14 record in singles for the year.

The only thing for sure is that someone will win their first title of 2012 in Montreal, and they'll have London to thank.

Rick

Canada 8.11.12


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