Radwanska Cruises Through Opener

Agnieszka Radwanska, the Sony Open Tennis champion in 2012, made a winning beginning to her 2014 campaign at the Premier Mandatory-level event on Friday.

Published March 21, 2014 12:15


Embedded code:

MIAMI, FL, USA - Things didn't look so great for her a few days ago - clearly hampered by a knee injury, she fell quietly to Flavia Pennetta in straight sets in the Indian Wells final - but Agnieszka Radwanska made a winning return to action on Friday afternoon at the Sony Open Tennis.

Watch highlights, interviews and more video from Miami right here on wtatennis.com!

The No.3-seeded Radwanska came out like a house on fire - she won the first set at love in just 22 minutes - before going on to beat Romina Oprandi in straight sets, 60 64, in an hour and 14 minutes.

"First of all, I started very well," Radwanska said. "She started to play much better in the second set and we had a lot of breaks and long games - it was tricky, and I was getting a bit nervous.

"But I was happy I could finish this match in two sets today."

Radwanska talked afterwards about the aforementioned knee injury from the week before.

"I feel much better now, obviously," she said. "It's not perfect yet, but I think those few days I had of rest in between Indian Wells and Miami really helped me. Tomorrow I'll just have a light hit and lots of treatment and ice, and we'll see how it goes for my next match, which will be on Sunday."

Radwanska has now won 17 of her last 20 matches here. She has made the quarterfinals or better the last four years - quarterfinal finishes in 2010 (falling to Venus Williams) and 2011 (falling to Vera Zvonareva), winning it in 2012, and a semifinal finish last year (falling to Serena Williams).

Next up for Radwanska is No.32 seed Elena Vesnina, who beat Alison Riske in 61 minutes, 62 62.

Radwanska leads Vesnina in their head-to-head series, 4-1, losing their first meeting (a three-setter at Rome back in 2011) but winning their last four encounters in a row, all in straight sets as well.

"The last time we played I played very well, but that doesn't mean it'll be easy here," Radwanska said. "Elena is a very good player in singles and doubles, and she's playing very well right now too.

"I'll have to play my best in that one."

Other second round winners later on in the day were No.11 seed Caroline Wozniacki, No.15 seed Carla Suárez Navarro, No.17 seed Sloane Stephens, Madison Keys and Australian wildcard Casey Dellacqua. Keys pulled off an upset, making it past No.31 seed Daniela Hantuchova, 64 62.

Share this page!

Related news

  • Venus Survives Opener In Hong Kong

    October 13, 2015
    Venus Williams was down a break three times in the third set but lived to fight another day at the Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open - and keep her Singapore hopes alive.
  • Kichenok Dents Pennetta's Finals Dream

    October 13, 2015
    Lyudmyla Kichenok dented Flavia Pennetta's hopes of qualifying for the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global with a straight set victory in their first round encounter in Tianjin.
  • Mitu Halts Safarova Comeback

    October 13, 2015
    Playing her first match since the US Open, Lucie Safarova struggled on her return, falling to Andreea Mitu at the Generali Ladies Linz in straight sets.
To The Top