With three career Rogers Cup titles, Williams sits second behind Monica Seles and Chris Evert, who both have four Rogers Cup titles in the modern era. Her previous victories were in 2011 and 2001. (Agencies)
"For me, this is a big tournament. This is one of the big stops of the year," said Williams after the match. The victory was also Williams' 54th career WTA title and eighth title of the year, matching her personal best of eight wins in 2002.
"I feel like I have played a lot of tennis this year, although I don't think I have overdone it," said Williams.
In front of a capacity stadium, Williams overpowered her Romanian opponent and controlled the match throughout with her fast serves and aggressive second serves returns. Williams never trailed the entire match, as she managed to break the Romanian’s first two service games, taking an early 3-0 lead in the first set before winning 6-2.
The second set was even more controlled by Williams, as she ended it in 27 minutes without dropping a game. Her serves were faster and more accurate, peaking at 196km per hour while only recording a single double fault.
Her 23-year-old opponent felt that Williams was playing on another level and she could not match her performance.
"She knows when to raise her level. She knows when it's enough to play and when she has to step it up. She serves very well the big points," said Cirstea during the post-match press conference.
As the Rogers Cup singles champion, Williams wins 426,000 US dollars in prize money, adding to her career prizes of over 47 million US dollars.
Since her 2011 Rogers Cup victory, Williams has now won 11 consecutive matches in this tournament. She did not participate in last year’s tournament due to her participation at the London Olympics.
With three career Rogers Cup titles, Williams sits second behind Monica Seles and Chris Evert, who both have four Rogers Cup titles in the modern era. Her previous victories were in 2011 and 2001.