The final match on Wednesday night at the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships 2013 in Istanbul saw top seeded Serena Williams (Player Profile) take on 3rd seeded Agnieszka Radwanska (Player Profile) in the Green Group. Radwanska had already lost in straight sets 6-4 6-4 to Petra Kvitova on Tuesday, while Williams had easily overpowered Angelique Kerber in her first match 6-3 6-1. Williams led the head to head stat 7-0 and had only lost one set to the Pole in all these matches – in the Wimbledon final of 2012. Although there was such a great gap between these two players, Williams holds the record of winning the most matches in one season – 74, while Radwanska is in the second spot with 56 wins this season.
Serena started the first set and ran up a 3-0 lead after three very long games which took 15 minutes to complete. Radwanska got a game to save a bagel set, but Williams went on to lead 4-1 before Radwanska got another game. The World No.1 then held and forced the Pole to serve to stay in the set at 2-5, but she could not get past the American, who took the set at 6-2.
Williams started the second set and the first three games went with serve until Williams broke in the 4th to go 3-1 ahead. Despite Radwanska breaking back and levelling the score at 3-3, she was just delaying the inevitable outcome of this match. Serena struck once again when the Pole was serving to stay in the encounter at 4-5 down, securing her second group win at this year’s championships.