Sunday evening’s singles final of the Bank of the West Classic was just that – a classic. Top seeded Agnieszka Radwanska took on 3rd seeded Dominika Cibulkova to do battle for the trophy and, although the Czech had never beaten the Pole in four previous attempts (one being a double bagel whitewash in Sydney at the beginning of the season), a great match was anticipated. Radwanska is the master of calm and consistency, while her opponent has a fierce forehand and is very fast around the court.
In the first set the Pole was in total control and managed to get two breaks to wrap it up 6-3. The second set was an altogether different story, as the diminutive Cibulkova found her rhythm and started kept things much closer, When Radwanska was leading 3-2 she got to 30-30 on Cibulkova’s serve and it seemed another break was on the cards, but the Czech started swinging away at her forehand and finding her mark, to allow the Pole just one more game in the set, which went to Cibulkova 6-3. It seemed all over for Cibulkova in the decider, as Radwanska got an early break to go 4-2 and then 40-15 up, but Cibulkova was not going home just yet. She recovered to trail 3-4 and took the next three games as well, although she dropped her first three match points before taking the set 6-4 with a fine backhand winner to earn a well deserved third WTA Premier Level title. “I knew she wouldn’t give it to me – I knew I just really had to go for it” Cibulkova explained to the press after her victory.
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