SYDNEY, Australia - British No.1 Johanna Konta put on a masterclass in the final of the Apia International Sydney to defeat Agnieszka Radwanska and capture her second career WTA title in straight sets.
Despite hitting a meager nine unforced errors, Radwanska had no answer against Konta's aggressively controlled power tennis, falling 6-4, 6-2 after just over an hour and twenty minutes.
"She was just playing unbelievable tennis from the beginning till the end," Radwanska said to press after the match. "And normally you're thinking that she can't play like this whole match and it's gonna be even game or two that, you know, you can go forward because she's gonna have some worse couple of games. But she didn't.
"She was just playing [the] whole match so aggressive with pretty much everything in, and I couldn't do much."
Spurred on by a partisan crowd - "it's a bit like playing Fed Cup," Konta commented to her coach Wim Fissette at one on-court coaching break - the Sydney-born Brit stayed calm against the World No.3, who she had never defeated in their previous encounters.
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Keeping Radwanska under pressure with her relentless space and rhythm, Konta grabbed the lone break in the opening set but she had her opponent on the ropes throughout. Radwanska saved another break point that would have given the Brit a double-break lead, but couldn't take back the deficit as Konta charged ahead.
Konta kept it rolling in the second set, quickly building up a double break to lead 4-0. Though Radwanska managed to grab a couple of games back, Konta imposed herself on every point and never allowed her opponent any time to get back into the match.
The Brit sealed the victory with an ace - her seventh of the match - to take home her second career WTA title.
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"I'm just overall happy with how I was able to progress throughout this tournament," Konta told press after the win. "I felt each match that I was playing I was thinking a little more clearly and getting that much more match-tight, as the saying is.
"But overall, very happy with the match I played today. I really felt I definitely maintained a high level throughout and I made it very difficult for her to do much today. Going into any match against Aga - I played her twice before - I knew it had to be nothing short of what it was today if I was to have a chance of coming through."
Guaranteed to move up to World No.9, Konta's victory will give her plenty of confidence for the upcoming Australian Open, having not dropped a set all tournament long. She's set to open against Kirsten Flipkens next week in Melbourne.
"Obviously how I have done here, I take it as a really positive thing, as a nice reward along the way for the hard work that myself and my team have put in every day," Konta said.
"But it's not a reflection of how next week will go, how the rest of the year will go. It's back to everyday hard work, because that's what dictates how I do."