Agnieszka Radwanska ignored her heavily taped shoulder injury and defeated top seed Vera Zvonareva in the final of the Mercury Insurance Open 6-3 6-4 without dropping serve.
“Everything was working. Even though I had two really tough matches in the quarters and semifinals, I played very well today,” said the third-seeded Pole who played from all over the court and mixed up her groundstrokes.
Zvonareva was on a nine-match winning streak with her Baku Cup title, but in the final against Radwanska her footwork wasn’t good enough and she blames it for her 28 unforced errors.
The last time Radwanska played a WTA final was also at the Mercury Insurance Open, last year when she finished runner-up to Svetlana Kuznetsova. The 2011 Carlsbad title is Radwanska’s second Premier-level victory and her fifth WTA title.
En route to the trophy the 22-year-old Radwanska defeated Elena Baltacha, Christina McHale, Daniela Hantuchova, Andrea Petkovic, and finally Vera Zvonareva. The prize money for winning is $111,000.