Radwanska beats Kvitova in first match at the WTA Championships

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Agnieszka Radwanska beat Petra Kvitova in the opening match at the WTA Championships 2012 in Istanbul, prevailing 6-3 6-2 after 1 hour and 23 minutes of play.

Kvitova was going into the match with a positive 3-0 head to head record against Radwanska, having won their last encounter at the 2011 WTA Championships.

However, it was the Polish player who got off to a better start today, taking the Czech’s serve in the second game just before consolidating the break for a 3-0 lead at the beginning of the first set. After Kvitova managed to save three more break points in the following game to reduce the deficit, she raised her level to equal the score at 3-3. But as the Czech world no.6 commited some more unforced errors on her serve in game 8, she handed Radwanska a 5-3 lead, with the Pole serving out the set to give herself a lead in the match.

The players exchanged one break each to set the second set score at 1-1. From then onwards, it was all about Radwanska, who stormed to a 4-1 lead as Kvitova struggled with her serving. The world no. 4 never looked back and closed out the match on her serve with a hold to 30.

Radwanska’s first serve percentage throughout the match was at 71%, she fired 11 winners and commited only 5 unforced errors. On the other side, Kvitova’s first serve was set at 59%, producing 23 winners and coming up with unbelievable 41 unforced errors.

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