Defending champion Serena Williams has been in some serious impressive form since her shocking defeat at Wimbledon in the third round. Coming in off her title run at the Bank of The West Classic in Stanford, Williams is looking to make it a two for two in successive title defenses. Last year, Williams was completely dominant in the US Open Series, winning titles in Standford, Toronto, and the US Open, not to mention a loss in the finals of Cincinnati; so far, Williams looks to be on track for a repeat accumulation.
Her title defense at the Coupe Rogers started with an completely over powering match against Australia's Samantha Stosur in the section round. Now, one can recall the two big matches in their career went to Stosur, the quarterfinal at Roland Garros in 2010 and the US Open final, so it's no wonder that revenge is always on the mind of Williams when battling Stosur. From first ball, it was all Williams; the serve was clicking, the returns were stinging, and her confidence was just ringing. It was, without a doubt, the most impressive Serena has looked all year.
After such a resounding and commanding victory over Stosur, Williams took on the always dangerous lefty, Lucie Safarova. This was a very different match up, seeing as Safarova can really take it to you, but although the quality of the match was definitely more competitive, the result was still the same; Williams powered through Safarova in straight sets and returned to the quarterfinals.
In the quarterfinals, Williams plays her close friend and former world number one, Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark. Now these two have had some good matches in their career, namely the two in 2012 where they split their matches; Wozniacki won a convincingly in Key Biscayne and Serena returned the favor digging out a tough three setter in Madrid just a month later. The two haven't played since then, but they've become such fast friends; both were seen hanging out in Miami after their early exits at Wimbledon this year.
One would think it'd be difficult to play against your friend, but in Willliams' case, if you can have no problem beating your sister, then beating a friend is a piece of cake.