Radwanska & Li Move Into Third Round
Published August 28, 2013 12:03
In the early stages, Radwanska's second assignment of the fortnight looked like it would be a brief one as she married her trademark creativity with some aggressive returning to leave Torró-Flor floundering.
However, no sooner had she wrapped up the first set than she opened the door for a comeback by dropping serve to start the second.
Despite surrendering this advantage in the next game, Torró-Flor persevered with her positive approach and began to hold her own with increasing regularity during the baseline exchanges.
"The first set was definitely really great for me," Radwanska said. "Everything was working: serve, return, everything.
"And then I think she started to play a little bit better in the second set. I think she really stepped forward and started to hit the ball with more confidence."
Another exchange of breaks followed, before Radwanska appeared to regain control by striking again to move 5-3 ahead. However, the Spaniard's reputation-enhancing outing on Armstrong was not quite done, drawing level once more before finally going down for good when she tugged a backhand wide a few games later.
Shortly after completing her 60 75 win, the grey clouds began to gather over Queens and Radwanska was pleased to have dodged the forecasted thunderstorms.
"Well, it's always great to play the first match and then know you're done for the rest of the day," she said. "I can just relax, watch others and do treatment and do whatever I want.
"Sometimes it's good to play first even when I have to wake up really early, to avoid the traffic that always seems to be outside the hotel!"
In the pair's previous meeting, at the Australian Open in 2011, Li triumphed 61 75 and she was pleased with her showing on Ashe.
"The last time I played her it was a very tough second set," Li said. "Today was tough again - even if it looks like easy match, it's really not that way.
"I improved a few things from the first round, like the serve and coming to the net more. I stuck to the game plan and was happy with how I played."
Next up for Li could be her conqueror at last year's tournament, Laura Robson, whose match with Caroline Garcia fell victim to the weather.
"Since last year, I think both of us have improved a lot," Li said of the prospective rematch. "I'm really looking forward to possibly playing against her again. For sure it'll be challenging because she's a lefty and an aggressive player.
"It's also a challenge because I want to prove myself and show I can do better than last year."