Top seed Agnieszka Radwanska survived a late challenge from Elina Svitolina to claim her first Connecticut Open title and clinch the US Open Series.
WTA Staff

NEW HAVEN, CT, USA - Top seed Agnieszka Radwanska survived a late challenge from No.10 seed Elina Svitolina on route to claiming her first Connecticut Open title, 6-1, 7-6(2).

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The World No.4 Radwanska took a wildcard into the New Haven event looking for some last-minute tune up ahead of the US Open. She'll now leave the tournament having claimed the 19th WTA title of her career, and her second title of 2016 after opening the season with a win at Shenzhen.

"Thank you so much to the tournament director Anne [Worcester], for giving me that wildcard," Radwanska laughed in her winner's speech. "I definitely appreciate it, and I'll be back next year for sure."

After cruising through a 29-minute first set, Radwanska looked set for a quick day at the office in New Haven. Svitolina won just four points on her serve all set long and didn't bring up a single break point. But the Ukrainian hit the reset button in the second set, raising her intensity and making it a much more even encounter against the top seed.

The pair traded breaks throughout the second set as Svitolina found her range. She took a tumble at 4-4, her toes catching on the pavement and lightly rolling her right ankle, but Svitolina carried on. She brought up three set points on Radwanska's serve, but the top seed staved them off with some gutsy net play, sending the match into a tiebreaker. The Pole rattled off five points in a row to roll past Svitolina and claim her first Connecticut Open title.

After the win, Radwanska had nothing but praise for her 21-year-old opponent, who earlier this year teamed up with former No.1 Justine Henin as a coaching consultant.

"First of all I'd like to congratulate Elina for such a great week," she said. "You have a great team, especially with Justine on your side. I remember one time only getting three games from her, so thank god she's not playing anymore!"

The win holds an added prize for Radwanska, as she also clinches the Emirates Airline US Open Series Bonus Challenge.