WUHAN, China - No.3 seed Agnieszka Radwanska scored an important win as the chase for the final six spots in the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global heats up, ousting friend and former No.1 Caroline Wozniacki, 6-4, 6-2, at the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open.
"I'm just very glad to win this match in two sets," she said during her on-court interview. "Obviously, it's never easy against Caroline and, well, I was just playing very good tennis tonight and I'm very happy for the win."
Radwanska and Wozniacki had met 13 times coming into Wednesday night's encounter, and played a thrilling three-setter just last week at the Toray Pan Pacific Open, which Wozniacki won from a set down en route to the title.
But the Pole made no mistake tonight, skillfully converting on her one-set lead and recovering from a break down to win the final five games of the match. In all, the former World No.2 played flawless tennis, hitting 23 winners to just 12 unforced errors, while Wozniacki, who appeared to be dealing with physical issues in her eighth match in 10 days, hit 18 winners to 24 unforced.
While some of her fellow competitors dealt with lengthy rain delays, Radwanska's match was only impeded by the late finish of Petra Kvitova's exciting win over World No.1 Angelique Kerber.
"It's great to have a roof here, especially when it's raining. It was a long match before us, and I'm glad you all stayed with me," she said, addressing the crowd.
Up next for Radwanska, who could book a return to Singapore with a title run in Wuhan, is another longtime rival in Svetlana Kuznetsova. The Russian knocked out defending champion Venus Williams in straight sets earlier in the day.
"We've played so many times against each other, everywhere and on every surface. We've known each other so long. It's another great challenge because she's in really great form right now, playing good tennis.
"I think I have nothing to lose, and hopefully I can play the same tennis I played today."
Currently ranked No.4 on the WTA rankings, Radwanska is one win away from securing the No.3 ranking at the end of the week; Simona Halep is also in contention, but would not only have to win Wuhan, but Radwanska would also have to lose on Thursday to Kuznetsova.