Saturday, March 31, 2012

Radwanska rules in Miami

Some of us used to say that if only Agnnieszka Radwanska had a good serve, she could make a bigger dent in the tour. In response, she developed a rather good first serve. Her second serve is still weak, but what with her improved first serve, her impressive court speed, and her ability to out-think many opponents, Radwanska continues to be on the rise. Today, she demonstrated her strengths by beating Maria Sharapova in straight sets in the Miami final.

Radwanska, who was seeded 5th in Miami, hit only six winners (a very small number, even for a defensive-minded player like Radwanska), but--more to the point--she made only ten unforced errors. Her opponent, on the other hand, couldn't find the court when she needed to, and frequently fell prey to Radwanska's steady, sometimes stealth, defense. The Russian star now has problems playing in finals, and her opponents know it. This was her fourth time to finish as a runner-up at the Sony Ericsson Open.

Radwanska's 7-5, 6-4 win gives her the biggest victory of her career. She is now on her way to Charleston, where she is the top seed.

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