The match was a competitive one for the first six games before the Radwanska found her rhythm and began to use her crafty tactics to break Cadantu’s serve. She would edge out the set 6-4 but it already appeared as if her opponent had begun to fade. The Polish no. 1 controlled the remainder of the match, overwhelming Alexandra with a variety of shots to win a bagel set.
The world no. 4 has been out of action since a surprising fourth round exit at the US Open to Ekaterina Makarova earlier this month. It was her weakest Grand Slam performance of the year, having exited at either the quarterfinals or the semi-finals of the remaining majors. She will undoubtedly be looking to regroup, defend her championship points at the Korea Open and then focus on the WTA finals next month in Istanbul.
Radwanksa will now meet Estrella Cabeza Candela in the second round of the tournament. Former champion at the Korea Open and current second seed Maria Kirilenko (Player Bio) also advanced today with a straight sets victory over Taiwanese qualifier Chin-Wei Chan (Player Bio).