Pennetta beats injured Radwanska in Indian Wells final

Sun Mar 16, 2014 7:08pm EDT
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(Reuters) - Italy's Flavia Pennetta captured the biggest title of her career on Sunday when she beat Poland's ailing Agnieszka Radwanska in the final of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells.

As Radwanska struggled with a knee injury, Pennetta cruised to a 6-2 6-1 victory in less than an hour and a quarter in the Californian desert.

Better known as a doubles player, Pennetta had contemplated retiring last year after tumbling down the world rankings, but the veteran Italian has rediscovered the fountain of youth.

She reached the semi-finals of last year's U.S. Open and has now won one of the biggest events outside the four grand slams.

"Today was my day and I really enjoyed this moment," Pennetta said at the trophy presentation.

"After so many years of working hard, this is the best moment."

Radwanska went into the match as a slight favorite but was unable to play near her best because of a knee injury that severely restricted her movement.

She called for a medical timeout early in the second set and struggled to control her emotions at the ceremony.

"I'm sorry I could run as much as I could," she sobbed.   Continued...

Mar 16, 2014; Indian Wells, CA, USA; Flavia Pennetta (ITA) with the championship trophy after winning final match against Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) at the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Pennetta won6-2, 6-1. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports