2012 champion Agnieszka Radwanska started off her Miami Open campaign with a solid win in tricky conditions, fighting past Wang Qiang to make her way into the third round.
WTA Staff

MIAMI, FL, USA - 2012 champion Agnieszka Radwanska started off her Miami Open campaign with a solid win in tricky conditions, fighting past Wang Qiang 7-6(3), 6-1 to make her way into the third round.

Radwanska needed an hour and forty-three minutes to seal the victory and stay perfect against the Chinese player, extending her dominance in their head-to-head to 4-0.

Wang hadn't won more than three games in a set in their previous matchups, but she gave Radwanska plenty of trouble right away as she attacked the Pole's vulnerable serve.

Fighting through gusting winds, Radwanska edged ahead after the pair traded three straight breaks. But the lead didn't last for long and Wang restored parity at 5-5 breaking Radwanska as she served for the set. Wang fought off two Radwanska set points to hold serve for 6-6 and send the set into a tiebreak.

The Pole barely put a foot wrong in the decider, starting off with a 5-0 lead and shutting down Wang from the baseline to take the opening set.

"I had chances to take the first set earlier but it didn't end up the way I wanted," Radwanska told WTA Insider after the match. "I think the most important part of the first set was that tiebreak, which I played very well, very aggressive. I that was the key in the match."

Rain halted play at the start of the second set as the rain that had been threatening overhead during the match finally came down on Grandstand, with Wang notching a commanding love hold.

But upon resumption, it was all one-way traffic for Radwanska who reeled off six games in a row with rock-solid defense at the net and brilliant passing.

"After the break, I think I just played much better than before," Radwanska said. "And with these conditions which were very, very tough, I think I played pretty okay.

"I used the break to just cool down a little bit and won more confidence in the second set. The rain didn't really bother me."

She moves into the third round in Miami for the ninth year in a row, and she's set to play No.26 seed Mirjana Lucic-Baroni. The Australian Open semifinalist fought past Kateryna Bondarenko 6-2, 2-6, 7-6(2) to record her first Miami victory in almost 20 years.

Also through on Day 3, No.12 seed Caroline Wozniacki breezed past American qualifier Varvara Lepchekno in a solid straight sets victory, 6-1, 6-2.

"I'm always motivated to get it done quickly," Wozniacki joked to WTA Insider after the match. "I'm used to these windy conditions obviously, having a place here and practicing here quite a bit.

"I've gotten used to these winds so I think this was an advantage for me today. I just love playing out there on the big court, too."

Joining Wozniacki and Radwanska in round three are No.17 seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who fought past Yaroslava Shvedova 6-7(3), 6-2, 6-0; and No.27 Yulia Putintseva who knocked out Carina Witthoeft 6-4, 6-4.

A pair of seeds also suffered upsets on Day 3 as former French Open finalist Lucie Safarova ousted the No.23 Daria Gavrilova 6-2, 6-2 and Kirsten Flipkens survived a rollercoaster against No.29 seed Ana Konjuh 7-6(4), 6-7(6), 6-2.