Agnieszka Radwanska recovered from a set down to roar into the Western & Southern Open quarterfinals with a big win over Johanna Konta.
WTA Staff

CINCINNATI, OH, USA - No.5 seed Agnieszka Radwanska won the last nine games of a late-night third round encounter with No.10 seed Johanna Konta, 6-7(1), 6-4, 6-0, to complete the quarterfinal line-up at the Western & Southern Open.

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"She's a great player," Radwanska said during her on-court interview. "We never played before, but I've seen many of her matches, and she's played great tennis. I knew it wouldn't be easy, and it was an exciting match playing together for the first time. I'm just so happy with the win."

Konta needed to reach the semifinals in Cincinnati to have a chance of making her long-awaited Top 10 debut, and appeared on course to keep that dream alive when she reeled off the last seven points of the first set tie-break.

"It was a very tight match in the beginning. The tie-break slipped away too quickly, that's for sure."

A tired looking Radwanska trailed the Brit 4-3 on serve in the second set but somehow caught fire when it mattered most, hitting 27 winners throughout the three-setter to 31 unforced errors, and converting six of her 10 break point opportunities.

What was the Pole's secret to success as Thursday night became Friday morning?

"I was able to break at the end of the second set, and I think I started to play better tennis and much more aggressive. I think I woke up because I had eight ladies dancing in front of me; that just woke me up!"

Shutting Konta out after midnight, Radwanska booked the last remaining spot in the quarterfinals, where she'll play No.3 seed Simona Halep, who is riding a 12-match winning streak.

"I'm just very happy to make the quarterfinals here, especially since it's always a strong tournament with no easy matches," she said after the match. "Andrea, Johanna in the first two matches, and now Simona in the next match. I just hope I can play the same good tennis tomorrow.

"I think against Simona, I have nothing to lose; she's having a great season and playing really good tennis. I'm just going to go out and enjoy.

"But first, rest tonight!"