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."