Radwanska First Into Third Round

Agnieszka Radwanska continued her perfect record against Barbora Zahlavova Strycova with a straight set win in her Rogers Cup opener.

Published August 05, 2014 12:14


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MONTRÉAL, Canada - No.3 seed Agnieszka Radwanska beat Barbora Zahlavova Strycova in a tight two-setter on Tuesday to become the first player to reach the third round of the Rogers Cup.

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The Plot
Though Radwanska came into Montréal having never lost her opener in five appearances at this event, she did fall in her opener in Stanford last week to Varvara Lepchenko.

And Zahlavova Strycova was a dangerous opponent for Radwanska to kick off her Rogers Cup campaign against. The Czech was playing her first summer hardcourt event after a grass court season that included a run to the final at 's-Hertogenbosch and her best outing at a Grand Slam - a quarterfinal showing at Wimbledon featuring a win over World No.2 Li Na that ranked as the best of her career.

The Turning Point
Radwanska got in an early 4-2 hole, but reeled off four straight games to take the first set. She also found herself down an early break in the second set but ended up breaking Zahlavova Strycova four times in that set en route to a 6-4, 6-4 triumph.

By The Numbers
Radwanska feasted on Zahlavova Strycova's second serve, making good on 21 of 31 such points.

Radwanska is now 4-0 against Zahlavova Strycova without having surrendered more than four games in any of their eight sets.

"The first match is always tricky here," Radwanska said. "The conditions were tough. I didn't serve too well in the wind, but I'm happy I came back in the first set and was able to reach the third round."

What's Next
Radwanska plays the winner of Sabine Lisicki and WTA Rising Star Madison Keys. She is 1-2 against Lisicki and 3-0 against Keys.

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