Radwanska's North American hardcourt swing was highlighted by her first WTA title of the season in Montréal. As for Fichman, she was taking on a Top 5 foe for the first time and was looking for her first Grand Slam win.
The Turning Point
Radwanska actually was broken in the first game of the match, making it appear this could be a test for her. That was hardly the case, as she reeled off 12 straight games for a 6-1, 6-0 triumph.
By The Numbers
Radwanska dominated the statistics. She was 16 of 21 on first serve points, while winning 16 of 19 points on Fichman's first serve. The second serve stats were similar, as Radwanska was 11 of 14 on her second serve, while winning nine of 13 points on her opponent's second serve. That added up to Radwanska losing just seven points on Fichman's serve. Also, Radwanska was broken just in that opening game, and converted on six of nine break points on Fichman's serve.
Finally, Radwanska had 23 winners compared to five for Fichman and just six unforced errors compared to 24 for Fichman.
"We've known each other for a long time going back to the juniors, but we had never played against each other," Radwanska said. "The first match is always tricky, but today everything was working my way. It was a pretty good start for me.
"I had a lot of good matches against top players and a couple of good wins coming into the US Open, especially in Montréal. So, of course that gave me more confidence than I had before. Hopefully, I will continue that same good level here."