Wozniacki stays strong against Radwanska, victorious in opening match of WTA Championships

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In front of the full stands at the WTA Championships in Istanbul, Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska looked to be on a good way to continue her amazing fall season in the Red Group match against world No.1 Caroline Wozniacki, especially after fending off set points in the first set to level at 5-5 and winning the following game on Wozniacki’s serve to love before taking the set 7-5.

The Pole started the second set with a break, but Wozniacki broke back, and even though Radwanska took her opponent’s serve once again for a 2-1 lead in the second set, Wozniacki won four games in a row and forced the decider in which she was in control until 4-2. Radwanska then staged a comeback for 4-all, but the Polish-speaking Dane eventually won the high-quality match 5-7 6-2 6-4.

Wozniacki’s season-ending number one ranking is at stake during the WTA Championships.

When you’ve been No.1 pretty much the whole year, you’d like to finish the last week as No.1. It would mean a lot to me since not a lot of people have finished a year No.1 two times, and especially not two times in a row.

Petra Kvitova and Victoria Azarenka had a remote chance of overtaking the top position. Now that Wozniacki played her first round-robin match Azarenka is not a contender any more, and because she won that match, she would only need to show up for her second round-robin match to eliminate Kvitova as a competitor as well. Maria Sharapova, however, still remains a threat, beyond the round-robin phase. (photo: sr_cranks)



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