It wasn’t always the most artful display of tennis, but in the end Simona Halep emerged from her match against American Madison Keys as the 2016 Rogers Cup women’s singles champion, 7-6 (2) 6-3. Give Simona all the credit in the world as she had to run a gauntlet of ace players to get to the title: Daria Gavrilova, Karolina Pliskova, 2-time Major winner Svetlana Kuznetsova, world #2 and reigning Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber and finally, rising American star Madison Keys. She even made her first doubles final, paired with fellow Romanian Monica Niculescu. However, they fell to the more experienced Russian doubles team of Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina. Nonetheless, Halep goes into the Rio Olympics as one of the few given any chance to possibly upset Serena Williams. Is it likely? Probably not. But she has beaten Serena before, so it’s not impossible.
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5 SIMONA HALEP d. 10 Madison Keys, 7-6 (2) 6-3