Radwanska overpowers at ASB Classic

10:42, 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.

Unblemished Pole Agnieszka Radwanska is the new ASB Classic champion.
 
The world No 4 swept aside former champion Yanina Wickmayer 6-4 6-4 to claim the title - and US $37,000 winner's cheque - without dropping a set in the Auckland tournament.
 
"I'm very, very happy. I couldn't have asked for a better way to start the year," Radwanska said. "It's a great way to prepare for the Australian Open.
 
"I had to fight for every ball. She is a great fighter."
 
Crowd favourite Wickmayer, in her third Auckland final, saved her best for the closing stages, surviving four match points, but her efforts were largely futile. She was merely delaying the killer blow.    
 
Patience and consistency were the deciding factors in the one-hour 37-minute battle.
 
Unsurprisingly, the diminutive Radwanska held her nerve in her first tournament in Auckland.
 
From the moment she took the court this week Radwanska has displayed superb court coverage, intelligence and a strong understanding of her opponent's strengths and weaknesses. All class sums her up.
 
She has been a cut above the opposition - a clear cut favourite and deserved champion.  
 
Other than a few anxious moments there was never a sense Wickmayer's power-based game would upstage her. 
 
"I'm disappointed but I left my heart and soul on court," Wickmayer said. "I was trying to be as aggressive as I could but it wasn't enough today. I have to congratulate Agnieszka."
 
Both players held their opening serve but Radwanska took the early advantage with a break in the third game.
 
Down 2-4, Wickmayer was forced to scrap long and hard to hold serve and then broke at precisely the right moment to level at 4-4.
 
That momentum shift didn't last long - Radwanska broke back to take the ninth game and went on to claim the set in 46 minutes.
 
The interval seemed to spark the Belgian. She started the second set with a flurry, taking the first two games, only to blow a strong chance to fightback, faltering on serve.
 
Facing a two game deficit, Radwanska displayed ice-cool composure to level.
 
Frustrations began to boil over for Wickmayer.
 
While she continued to dig in, her temperamental emotions were starting to show.
 
First, she swatted the ball away with her hand and then threw her racquet after being broken in the crucial seventh game.
 
A late rally wasn't enough to force a third, deciding set and Wickmayer was forced to settle for the runner's up purse ($19,000) for a second time. 
 
Meanwhile, Cara Black and Anastasia Rodionova came back from a set down to steal a 6-2 2-6 10-5 win in the super tie breaker (instead of third set) against Julia Goerges and Yaroslava Shvedova.

It was Black's 55th career doubles title, just eight months after giving birth.

Advertisement

Stuff