Radwanska wins classic to set up Kvitova final

Sat Oct 31, 2015 9:00am EDT
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By John O'Brien

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Agnieszka Radwanska rallied past an exhausted Garbine Muguruza to book a maiden appearance in the WTA Finals title match with a 6-7(5) 6-3 7-5 victory over the Spaniard in a classic encounter on Saturday.

The Pole used all her guile and defensive skills to see off the powerful 22-year-old, setting up a showdown against Petra Kvitova, who stunned Maria Sharapova 6-3 7-6(3) in the second semi-final.

"I didn't know I could come back after that first set," world number six Radwanska said in a courtside interview.

"It was a great match from the beginning to the end, lots of ups and downs, so many rallies and a lot of running. I am just so glad I could win," added the Pole, who secured a first final berth at the season-ending event in her seventh appearance.

The first set was a slow burner that turned into a thriller once both women had settled into a rhythm and the longer the contest progressed, the stronger Radwanska became against an opponent who is also playing the doubles event in Singapore.

Radwanska worked her way into the contest after the fast-starting Spaniard wavered, reeling off four straight games and looking likely to ride the momentum to a one-set lead before Muguruza came storming back to force a tiebreak.

The Pole raced to a 3-0 lead but Muguruza recovered to surge ahead with some trademark aggressive groundstrokes and sealed the opener on her second set point when Radwanska found the net at the end of a brilliant rally.

Muguruza greeted the decisive point with a fist pump and a roar but her play at the start of the second set belied her positive body language as Radwanska forced a plethora of errors to race to a 4-0 lead that she never looked like relinquishing.   Continued...

Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland celebrates defeating Garbine Muguruza of Spain during their women's singles semi-finals tennis match of the WTA Finals at the Singapore Indoor Stadium October 31, 2015. REUTERS/Edgar Su