Polish agility against Belgian power in final

03:31, Jan 05 2013
Elena Vesnina
Elena Vesnina stretches to hit a backhand during her first round win over Eugenie Bouchard.
Coco Vandeweghe
Coco Vandeweghe in action during her first round match with Eleni Daniilidou.
Eugenie Bouchard
Eugenie Bouchard in action in her first round match against Elena Vesnina.
Eleni Daniilidou
Eleni Daniilidou hits a forehand return during her match against Coco Vandeweghe.
Svetlana Kuznetsova
Svetlana Kuznetsova plays a forehand during her first round match against Kiki Bertens.
Kiki Bertens
Kiki Bertens celebrates her victory over Svetlana Kuznetsova.
Marina Erakovic and Heather Watson
Marina Erakovic of New Zealand, right, and Heather Watson of Great Britain play against Paige Mary Hourigan and Claudia Williams of New Zealand in their first round doubles match.
Romania's Sorana Cirstea receives treatement from medical staff before retiring in her first round match against Heather Watson of Great Britain during day two of the 2013 ASB Classic in Auckland.
Romania's Sorana Cirstea receives treatement from medical staff before retiring in her first round match against Heather Watson of Great Britain during day two of the 2013 ASB Classic in Auckland.
Heather Watson of Great Britain plays a forehand in her first round match against Sorana Cirstea of Romania during day two of the 2013 ASB Classic in Auckland.
Heather Watson of Great Britain plays a forehand in her first round match against Sorana Cirstea of Romania during day two of the 2013 ASB Classic in Auckland.
Canada's Stephanie Dubois plays a forehand in her first round loss to New Zealand's  Marina Erakovic at the 2013 ASB Classic.
Canada's Stephanie Dubois plays a forehand in her first round loss to New Zealand's Marina Erakovic at the 2013 ASB Classic.
New Zealand's Marina Erakovic plays a forehand in her first round win over Canada's Stephanie Dubois at the ASB Classic.
New Zealand's Marina Erakovic plays a forehand in her first round win over Canada's Stephanie Dubois at the ASB Classic.
Germany's Mona Barthel plays a backhand shot in her second round match against the USA's Grace Min during day two of the 2013 ASB Classic.
Germany's Mona Barthel plays a backhand shot in her second round match against the USA's Grace Min during day two of the 2013 ASB Classic.
Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska plays a forehand in her first round match against Hungary's Greta Arn during day two of the 2013 ASB Classic.
Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska plays a forehand in her first round match against Hungary's Greta Arn during day two of the 2013 ASB Classic.
Belgium's Yanina Wickmayer plays a forehand in her second round win over Romina Oprandi of Switzerland during day three of the ASB Classic in Auckland.
Belgium's Yanina Wickmayer plays a forehand in her second round win over Romina Oprandi of Switzerland during day three of the ASB Classic in Auckland.
Kazakhstan's Yaroslava Shvedova plays a forehand in her first round match against Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino of Spain at the 2013 ASB Classic in Auckland.
Kazakhstan's Yaroslava Shvedova plays a forehand in her first round match against Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino of Spain at the 2013 ASB Classic in Auckland.
Germany's Julia Goerges serves in her first round match against Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia during the 2013 ASB Classic in Auckland.
Germany's Julia Goerges serves in her first round match against Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia during the 2013 ASB Classic in Auckland.
Johanna Larsson
Johanna Larsson from Sweden beat second seed Julia Goerges in the second round.
Marina Erakovic
Marina Erakovic from New Zealand battles to stay in the match in the first set of her second round match against Jamie Hampton.
Kiki Bertens of Netherlands plays a backhand in her second round match against Heather Watson of Great Britain during day three of the 2013 ASB Classic in Auckland.
Kiki Bertens of Netherlands plays a backhand in her second round match against Heather Watson of Great Britain during day three of the 2013 ASB Classic in Auckland.
Simona Halep of Romania plays a forehand in her second round match against Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland during day three of the 2013 ASB Classic in Auckland.
Simona Halep of Romania plays a forehand in her second round match against Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland during day three of the 2013 ASB Classic in Auckland.
Yanina Wickmayer
Yanina Wickmayer serves during her quarter-final clash with Kirsten Flipkens.
Mona Barthel
Mona Barthel hits a forehand during her quarter-final win over Johanna Larsson.
Johanna Larsson
The look on Johanna Larsson's face says it all she loses her quarter-final clash with Mona Barthel.
Agnieszka Radwanska
Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland plays a forehand in her quarter final match against Elena Vesnina of Russia.
Yanina Wickmayer
Yanina Wickmayer stretches to hit a forehand during her semifinal win over Mona Barthel.
Mona Barthel
Mona Barthel during her semifinal against Yanina Wickmayer.
Yanina Wickmayer
Yanina Wickmayer celebrates after booking her place in the final.
Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska plays a forehand in her first round match against Hungary's Greta Arn during day two of the 2013 ASB Classic.
Agnieszka Radwanska plays a forehand in her semifinal against Jamie Hampton.
Jamie Hampton
Jamie Hampton in her semifinal match against Agnieszka Radwanska.
Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska plays a forehand in her first round match against Hungary's Greta Arn during day two of the 2013 ASB Classic.
Agnieszka Radwanska from Poland during the final of the ASB Classic in Auckland.
Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska plays a forehand in her first round match against Hungary's Greta Arn during day two of the 2013 ASB Classic.
Yanina Wickmayer in action during the final of the ASB Classic.
Agnieszka Radwanska
Agnieszka Radwanska with the ASB Classic trophy.
ASB Classic
Agnieszka Radwanska from Poland on her way to winning against Yanina Wickmayer.
Yanina Wickmayer during the final.
Yanina Wickmayer during the final.

Agnieszka Radwanska hasn't dropped a set all week at the ASB Classic and it is hard to see her standards slipping in today's final against Belgian Yanina Wickmayer.

The top-seeded Pole has looked a level above everyone else at this tournament, even though she needed to win both sets in tiebreaks against America's Jamie Hampton in Auckland yesterday.

Today, she should have too much class against Wickmayer, who will be making her third appearance in the Classic final in the past four years, winning the title in 2010.

Agnieska Radwanska
ROLLING THROUGH: Top seed Agnieska Radwanska has not lost a set this week on her way to the ASB Classic final against Yanina Wickmayer.

In Wickmayer's semifinal yesterday she beat the lanky German Mona Barthel 6-4 1-6 7-6, but was pretty much given a golden pass to the final when Barthel served two double faults in a row in that third set tiebreak.

Hampton was in a similarly generous mood against Radwanska, double-faulting on set point in the first set.

The strong winds made it tough for all players to serve, but both Hampton and Barthel failed to adapt.

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Radwanska knew what to do and barely threw the ball above head height with her ball toss, but Hampton did give her the toughest match of the week so far.

"In the second set I was up 4-0 and it looked like it was all over, but she started to play much better," Radwanska said.

"She had nothing to lose at that point and I couldn't do anything and suddenly it was 4-5.

"Then I was focussing on my serve and trying to win the match in two sets and I am happy to do that."

Wickmayer and Radwanska have met twice before, with one win each. The last encounter was on clay in 2011 with the Pole winning in straight sets.

However, Wickmayer realises that she is the underdog today.

"It will be a really tough match, she is top four in the world, has been top 10 for so many years," Wickmayer said.

"She has a lot of experience and is a great player, it is always tough to play her, she doesn't give you any free points and makes you work for every shot.

"It is definitely going to be the toughest match of the tournament but I am really looking forward to it. I have got nothing to lose, it is another final and that's a positive for me.

"I will go out there, try to be positive, play my best game and we'll see."

Wickmayer may be the more powerful of the two players but she doesn't have the touch and agility that Radwanska possesses.

"She is also a strong player and serving very well," Radwanska said of Wickmayer.

"We will see about the weather tomorrow and hopefully it is going to be different.

"I have never been in the final of my first tournament of the year and it would be a good start.

"For sure, I am going to do everything in my power to win the match, having a title is a great thing, especially in a tournament that I've never won before."

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