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Radwanska Edges Wozniacki In Asia Swing Series, Reaches China Open Quarterfinals

Agnieszka Radwanska overcame rival and former No.1 Caroline Wozniacki for the second time in three weeks to reach the last eight in Beijing.

Published October 06, 2016 12:14


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BEIJING, China - No.3 seed Agnieszka Radwanska outlasted friend and rival Caroline Wozniacki, 6-3, 6-1, to finish their Asian Swing series with two wins and reach the quarterfinals of the China Open.

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Radwanska thrice faced off against Wozniacki during the Asian Swing; the former No.1 upset the Pole en route to the Toray Pan Pacific Open title, but the 2015 BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global champion got her revenge last week at the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open.

"I don't think it happened to me ever to play someone three weeks in a row," she said in press. "Good we're playing in different tournaments next week so we can't play against each other again!

"Playing Caro is always a pleasure, always great matches. For me is also a very good challenge to play someone that solid, that consistent.

"We've known each other for 17 years. Practicing together as well almost every tournament, playing some matches against each other. I think we know about each other everything.

"But, of course, every match is different story. I think we showed that every week."

With Beijing serving as the site of their fall series tie-break, Radwanska displayed all of her signature guile and cunning against Wozniacki, who had been on a tear since reaching the semifinals of the US Open.

From a break deficit to start the match, the former World No.2 took control of the match in stunning fashion, racing out to a set and 5-1 lead before she and Wozniacki treated the crowd to a tense ending in which she saved a pair of break points before serving out her spot in the last eight on her third match point.

"I think everything was working for me today. Just maybe a slow start. That wasn't really great. But then everything was smooth and I was really trying to play aggressive, really coming in. I was serving also good.

"I cannot really complain about anything. The score looks good, so I think just tells everything."

In all, the stats showed the Pole maintaining an aggressive mindset, hitting 18 winners to just nine unforced errors; Wozniacki hit the same number of winners, but was undone by 21 unforced errors.

After the match, Radwanska received an honorary accolade from the China Open, who named the 2011 champion "Most Energetic Player."

"It's always great to achieve awards like this. I really appreciate it. That was a surprise for me. I didn't know. Well, another trophy for the collection!"

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