Agnieszka Radwanska completed a fantastic week in Montreal with a straight sets victory over Venus Williams to lift her first WTA title of the season and her biggest since winning the 2012 Miami Premier title.
Working her way through a tough draw that included a gauntlet of top opponents like Sabine Lisicki, Victoria Azarenka and Ekaterina Makarova to reach the final against the former world No. 1 and seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams. The depth of the draw certainly added to the value of the title win for Radwanska.
“(It is) one of my biggest titles,” said Radwanska. “As you can see in the draw pretty much all top players. So very, very special title for me.”
Her performance during the match only added to the brilliance of her week on the tour. It took Radwanska just 81 minutes to close out the match 6-4, 6-2, hitting 12 winners and just 8 unforced errors to close out a nearly flawless performance.
While simply grasping the title at the end of the match was more than enough for the Polish No. 1, she admit that a victory over a legendary competitor like Venus makes it even more special – especially since the former Grand Slam winner is “on fire” at the moment.
“Of course. Especially I think she played great tennis (this) whole week, playing and beating a lot of good players on the way to the final. I think I’m even more happy to beat Venus when she’s really on fire.”
Having reached a world ranking of No. 2 in the past and with 14 WTA Tour titles to her name, Radwanska has achieved plenty of firsts for her native Poland, where she is still the nation’s top tennis star. While the pressure used to be a cause for anxiety, Radwanska has learnt to fully embrace it.
“In one side it’s a bit hard because it is pressure. I’m the first player to achieve a couple things, even for the junior times. But I think now anyway you can see much more players, Polish players, on the top, like was in the men’s also. Girls are doing pretty well, so more names are in the draw. Still I think the last couple years, I’m handling the pressure I think all right. Just trying to not really think about it, just doing what I have to do, doing my best.”
Radwanksa, who will move to No. 3 in the Road to Singapore leaderboard (previously at No. 7), is expected to take part in the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati next week.