Emotional Radwanska wins maiden WTA Finals title

Sun Nov 1, 2015 9:37am EST
 
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By John O'Brien

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - An emotional Agnieszka Radwanska claimed her maiden WTA Finals title with a roller-coaster 6-2 4-6 6-3 victory over Petra Kvitova in an absorbing encounter at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Sunday.

Playing a first final in her seventh appearance at the season-ending event, the sixth-ranked Pole also created history by becoming the first woman to lift the title after completing round robin play with a 1-2 record.

"A few weeks ago I didn't even know I would be here," a tearful Radwanska said in a courtside interview, the Pole claiming late-season titles in Tokyo and Tianjin just to secure a place at the elite eight-woman tournament.

"I was doing the right thing in the important moments of a really close match. I had my chances in the second set but it doesn't really matter how I won," the Pole added. "It means the world to me."

In stark contrast to her semi-final victory over Maria Sharapova, 2011 champion Kvitova made a lackluster start with a sloppy opening service game, handing her opponent an immediate break as the Czech got off to the worst possible start.

The double Wimbledon champion finally got on the scoreboard in the third game thanks to a pair of aces but unable to make any inroads on the Radwanska serve, the Czech recorded a third double fault in as many games to cough up yet another break.

Exuding confidence, Radwanska breezed through her next two service games to wrap up a dominant first set in 33 minutes and the 26-year-old was threatening to blow Kvitova off the court when she claimed the opening two games of the second.

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Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland celebrates a point against Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic during their women's singles finals tennis match of the WTA Finals at the Singapore Indoor Stadium November 1, 2015. REUTERS/Edgar Su