Radwanska falls to teenager Konjuh at U.S. Open

Tue Sep 6, 2016 1:05am EDT
 
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By Larry Fine

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Croatian teen Ana Konjuh avenged a Wimbledon loss with a stunning 6-4 6-4 upset of fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska on Monday to claim the last women's quarter-final spot at the U.S. Open.

The 18-year-old, who won the 2013 U.S. Open juniors title after claiming the Australian Open juniors crown, lost her first service game but did not yield serve again in an overpowering performance that belied her world ranking of 92.

She cracked 38 winners, including six aces, against the Pole, who has never gone beyond the round of 16 in five attempts at Flushing Meadows.

The power-hitting teenager, who became the first Croatian woman to reach the quarter-finals at a U.S. Open, was spurred on by a second-round loss to Radwanska at Wimbledon, where she held three match points before falling 9-7 in the third set.

"It's been an incredible night," Konjuh said in an on-court interview. "This time I got revenge, so I'm really happy."

Radwanska accepted she had been outplayed by her opponent.

"Sometimes it is difficult when the ball is going really big from the other side. It's hard to control, really put the ball where you want," said Radwanska.

Konjuh said she used the Wimbledon loss as motivation.   Continued...

 
Sep 5, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Ana Konjuh of Croatia hits a backhand against Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland (not pictured) on day eight of the 2016 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports