Serena Drops Radwanska On Way To China Open Final
Serena Williams continued her spectacular 2013 campaign by cruising past Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2, 6-2, Saturday in the semifinals of the China Open.
Williams dictated play right from the start and didn’t let up. After dropping the first game, she won six of the next seven to put Radwanska at a 1-0 set deficit she never recovered from. Even in games she trailed, Williams appeared to be in control, mentioning in her post match press conference that she tried to stay one step ahead of her opponent throughout the day.
The world No. 1 has owned Radwanska in head-to-head matchups during her career, upping her record to a sparkling 7-0 all time with today’s victory. Radwanska spoke about Williams’ performance after the match.
“She is really just pretty much attacking everything, all the serve(s), all the return(s), and when she’s really having her day, it’s really tough,” Radwanska said. “I think she really play(ed) very well today from the beginning until the end.”
Despite her excellent play, there was some question about whether Williams was all right physically, as she called for a medical timeout early in the second set. A sore back only sidelined the star for a few minutes, however, and upon her return she promptly won four out of five games to close out the match.
“My back was a little tight. I’ve been playing a lot, so it just got a little tight and I was just trying to release it. It’s been a little tight all week, but it spasmed up a little bit out there today.”
As for Radwanska, she just happened to be another victim of an impressive run by a tennis legend. When asked about whether she would change anything if the two meet again at the WTA Championships in Istanbul, she came up with a unique idea for a solution.
“Maybe I will just play with my left hand. Maybe that will work.”
Nothing has been able to slow down Williams in Beijing, as she enters tomorrow’s final without having dropped a set. She will face eight-seed Jelena Jankovic in a battle of former China Open champions.