No.4 seed Agnieszka Radwanska had little trouble overcoming Caroline Garcia in straight sets and advancing to the fourth round of the US Open.
WTA Staff

NEW YORK, NY, USA - No.4 seed Agnieszka Radwanska had little trouble overcoming Caroline Garcia in a tidy straight sets, 6-2, 6-3, to advance to the fourth round of the US Open for the fourth time.

"To be honest, I expect, as always, a long and tough match against her," Radwanska said of her No.25-seeded opponent. "I know what to expect. We know each other for a while. What can I say? Just very happy I could win that match that quick."

Radwanska had Garcia overwhelmed from the word go, immediately breaking the Frenchwoman's serve to start the match. Despite Garcia getting the break back right away, she wasn't able to pressure Radwanska enough after that. The Pole employed her tricky game of slicing and dicing her way through points, breaking Garcia two more times to quickly take the opening set.

The second set unfolded much like the first, with Garcia unable to produce her usual tennis against her No.4-ranked opponent. The Frenchwoman hit 34 unforced errors against Radwanska's five, and produced only 14 winners to Radwanska's nine. One last backhand error from a frustrated Garcia sent Radwanska into the last 16 after an hour and twelve minutes.

With the win, Radwanska keeps her bid for the WTA's World No.1 ranking alive. After Garbiñe Muguruza crashed out earlier in the week, Radwanska is now one of three women who could emerge at the top spot at the end of the fortnight, although she faces the daunting task of needing to reach at least the US Open final for the first time in order to do so.

The Pole has yet to make a quarterfinals at this tournament in her previous 10 appearances, and she will face the on-the-rise Croat Ana Konjuh for another chance to try.

"Obviously against Konjuh I played at Wimbledon kind of a drama match, it was not really that long time ago," Radwanska recalled in her press conference. "For sure she make huge progress last couple of months and she's really playing good tennis at the moment."

"Well, just very happy to be in the fourth round, and we'll see what's gonna happen."