Radwanska Strikes 20 In Katowice
Published April 10, 2014 12:13
Though she is currently ranked down in the 40s, Schiavone is always a tough customer - 2010 French Open champion, former World No.4, six career wins over Top 3 players. And her mix of offense, defense and spins has given Radwanska a lot of problems too, as she won their first four meetings.
And all of that looked like it was coming into play early on in the pair's second round clash in Katowice, as Schiavone built a 4-2 lead in the opening set. But Radwanska shifted gears at the most critical of times, winning seven of the next eight games to go up 64 31, and after a string of holds the No.1-seeded Pole broke one last time to seal a one-hour, 44-minute, 64 63 triumph over the Italian.
Radwanska has now beaten Schiavone five times in a row - this was one of the closest, though.
"Francesca already showed that she's in great form here in Katowice when she dropped just two games in her first round match," Radwanska said. "I expected a tough battle from start to finish, and I got exactly what I expected. She moved so well today that I had to show my best tennis to beat her.
"I'm really happy I managed to close out the match in straight sets."
There was something else Radwanska was really happy about.
"It felt great to play in front of a packed house of Polish fans!" she added.
Radwanska is now the fourth player to reach 20 WTA-level match wins on the season.
"Wow, I didn't know that," she said of the stat. "It always feels great to get one more win, as any WTA-level match on the road is difficult, and hopefully the season will continue this way for me."
There was one unforced error for the World No.3, though - asked to guess who were the first three players to reach 20 WTA-level match wins on the season, she only got two of the three correct.
Li and Cibulkova were right - click here to find out who the third player was...