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.
GOod to see Radwanska win the premier event. She has got the game to be a in top 5 but she is not consistent… I hope she can be more consistent and provide a good competition…
I agree with the above but she is not the only player who lacks consistency. Most of the top players seem to be having the same problem.
Especially those which won a slam this year( Li Na lost in the first round of China Open). Kim is the only exception, shame she is not playing.
Radwanska has a different game that is fun to watch. It’s great to see her doing well. This actually reminded me of the point where her racquet broke clean in half. I think she probably softened it from some angry racquet abuse earlier…