Agnieszka Radwanska extended her perfect record against Vera Zvonareva in 2011 to 3-0 (overall it’s 3-2) by winning the final of the Toray Pan Pacific Open for her sixth career title and her second Premier-level title of the season (for the first one, in Carlsbad in August, Radwanska also defeated Zvonareva).
The ninth-seeded Radwanska started nervously, losing the first two games of the match and facing a point for 0-3. Then the Pole woke up and won eight of the following nine games for a 6-3 2-0 lead. Zvonareva, seed No.4, was never able to produce a sufficient comeback, unlike in her astonishing victory over Petra Kvitova in the previous round, and Radwanska won 6-3 6-2. Zvonareva worsened her already poor win-loss record in career finals: 12-18.
Radwanska’s victories en route to the $380,000 winner’s prize include: Misaki Doi in the first round, recovering from a set down against the 2011 US Open semifinalist Angelique Kerber in the second round and against eighth seed Jelena Jankovic in the third, Kaia Kanepi in the quarterfinals, seed No.3 Victoria Azarenka in the semis, and finally Zvonareva.
Additional info: The result in Tokyo is keeping the world No.13 Radwanska’s hopes for the WTA Championships in Istanbul alive. Half of the singles draw is already occupied as Petra Kvitova and Victoria Azarenka today joined Maria Sharapova and Caroline Wozniacki.