By Mike McIntyre
Even though Serena Williams has not advanced to her third straight Rogers Cup final in Toronto this year, tennis fans should be in for a treat in the match-up between No. 2 seeded Simona Halep of Romanian and 18 year old rising WTA star Belinda Bencic of Switzerland.
While Halep leads their career head-to-head by a meager 1-0 margin, I would give each player an even shot of hoisting the trophy here at the Aviva Centre today. That prior encounter was on the grass of Wimbledon a year ago and the conditions today and the events that have led both players to this moment are entirely different.
Halep came into the tournament this year on a slump that lasted through the clay and grass court seasons. A little time off back home in Romanian has done wonders for her game apparently as she is back to her early season form where she won Indian Wells. Halep has amassed a 29-3 record on hardcourts up to today.
Bencic for her part served notice on the grass of Eastbourne that she was indeed one of the WTA Tour's rising stars. There she claimed her first tournament victory and she has been on fire this week knocking off players she grew up admiring like Ana Ivanovic and of course Serena Williams last night.
Here are a few of our better pictures of the two finalists as their big moment in Toronto nears.