Tennis: Radwanska enjoys “biggest day of my life” at WTA Finals
- Updated: November 1, 2015
November 1, 2015: Agnieszka Radwanska edged Petra Kvitova in a thriller to win the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global – the biggest title of the former World No. 2’s career, wtatennis.com reported.
Radwanska, 26, committed only five unforced errors throughout the 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 win, recording three times the winners (15) as she won her 17th and biggest WTA singles title. Kvitova, meanwhile, finished with 41 winners to 53 unforced errors.
It was a true underdog story. Not only did she leave the US Open three spots out of even qualifying for the event, but after battling just to make it into the field, she was a long shot just to make the final four, having lost her first two round robin matches against Maria Sharapova and Flavia Pennetta.
But a win over Simona Halep in her third round-robin match and a little help from Sharapova took her to the semi-finals. She then pulled off another surprise, grinding past Garbine Muguruza in three dramatic sets – her first victory over the towering Spanish star in five attempts this year.
Then she faced Kvitova, her long-time rival and also a former No. 2. Kvitova was also playing on a new breath of life, going 1-2 in the round robin herself before reviving her game and battling her way into the final, pulling off a stunning upset over the red-hot Sharapova in Saturday’s semis.
Radwanska came out on fire, capitalising on a few untimely unforced errors from the Kvitova racquet to build an early 6-2, 2-0 lead. Kvitova started to find the range on her huge lefty game, winning eight of the next 10 games to sneak out the second set, 6-4, and build a 2-0 lead in the deciding set.
But the fifth-seeded Radwanska had one last fight left, breaking back to get to 3-3 and then pulling away from there, winning three more games to finish off the fourth-seeded Kvitova.
“A few weeks ago I didn’t even know I’d have a chance to be here and there you go. It’s just an incredible day for me. It means everything. It couldn’t be any better. I think that was the biggest day in my life,” an emotional Radwanska said during her on-court interview after the match.
“There were lots of ups and downs and lots of breaks, but in the important moments I was really doing the right things, I think. Of course, I had my chances in the second set, but it doesn’t matter how I won. I’m extremely happy about this!”
Prevously, Radwanska’s biggest titles were Premier Mandatory-level titles at Beijing in 2011 and Miami in 2012.
Source: WTA (www.wtatennis.com); Editing by SportAsia