Agnieszka Radwanska broke into the world’s top five for the first time after beating Germany’s Julia Goerges 7-5, 6-4 in the final of the Dubai Championships on Saturday.
The 22-year-old Pole will move up to fifth in the world rankings when the new standings are released today after claiming her eighth WTA singles title.
Trailing 5-4 in the first set, Radwanska won seven of the next eight games to go a set and 4-1 up in the second, ultimately sealing a comfortable win.
Goerges broke back in the eighth game to make it 4-4, but serving at 5-5, her aggressive approach backfired.
She had four chances to serve out the game, but fluffed them all to give the dogged Radwanska a break point, which the Pole converted when Goerges took on a volley mid-court and blasted it wide when she could have let it bounce first.
Radwanska served out to take the first set 7-5 and moved ahead in the second as her opponent’s errors piled up. Goerges provided some late resistance when she clawed back one break of serve and then had a point to make it 5-5 when Radwanska served for the match.
Unfortunately for her, she just missed a forehand and Radwanska sealed victory on her second match point when her opponent shanked a backhand.
AP, MONTERREY, MEXICO
Romania’s Alexandra Cadantu and Hungary’s Timea Babos advanced to their first WTA career final after semi-final victories at the Monterrey Open on Saturday.
Cadantu defeated Hungary’s Greta Arn 6-2, 4-6, 7-5, after Timea Babos had defeated the second-seed Sara Errani of Italy 6-4, 6-7 (3), 6-4 in almost two-and-a-half hours in the first semi-final at the Sierra Madre Tennis Club.
After trading the first two sets, Cadantu made the decisive break in the 11th game of the third set and held her nerve on her next service game to advance to yesterday’s final.