TOKYO, Japan - Agnieszka Radwanska kept her Tokyo title defense on track with an emphatic win over Olympic gold medalist Monica Puig, defeating her 6-2, 6-3 to claim her fifth semifinal berth at the Toray Pan Pacific Open.
As SAP's Behind The Numbers revealed, Radwanska's game flourishes post-US Open, and is especially lethal during the WTA's Asian Swing. She holds the record for most matches and most titles won in the Asian swing since 2011, and looks set to add to her tally after straight sets victory over Puig.
"I definitely played my best tennis today," Radwanska said in her on-court interview. "I was serving well and keeping the ball very well. Obviously I knew [Puig] is a really great player, playing in a very top form. So I'm really glad I could do everything today, in my game."
Radwanska hit 16 winners and allowed just 10 unforced errors during the one-hour and 16-minute encounter, not giving Puig much to work with as the Puerto Rican hit 19 winners to 30 unforced errors.
Radwanska's serve played a decisive role in the match, bailing her out of tricky situations time and time again. She struck eight aces - including a rare second-serve ace to bring up set points - and won 66 per cent of points behind her first serve.
"I just felt like John Isner for a little bit there!" Radwanska joked with the Japanese crowd. "I think I was serving very well today, and of course that helped me a lot. Especially because from her side the ball is coming so fast, so the serve was the key today as well."
? WTA (@WTA) September 23, 2016