Serena to face off with Cirstea in Toronto final
By Matt Cronin,ReutersTORONTO -- Top seed Serena Williams shook off a spirited attempt by Agnieszka Radwanska and moved into the final of the Rogers Cup with a 7-6(3) 6-4 victory on Saturday and will meet Romania's Sorana Cirstea, whose surprising run continued when she beat China's Li Na 6-1 7-6(5).
August 12, 2013, 12:01 am TWN
The American held a 5-0 record against Radwanska coming into the match, but the Pole surprised the 16-times grand slam champion by being aggressive and not mixing up her shots.
“It was really close and I had my chances but wasn't really taking them,” Radwanska told reporters. “It's always turning against me, especially when you play a top player.
“I was really trying to play aggressive and going forward, but she's really playing deep and strong balls. It's really hard to do anything.”
Williams broke Radwanska at love to go ahead 5-4 in the first set with a heavy forehand crosscourt winner, but then was broken back at love herself when she double faulted.
Both women held to go to a tiebreak which Williams dictated and sealed it 7-3 with a forehand volley winner and big ace down the T.
Williams called the trainer in between sets for a stomach problem but said that it did not effect her play as Radwanska broke to take a 2-1 in the second set when she forced the American into a backhand error.
Radwanksa, however, could not maintain her advantage, as Williams picked up the pace, breaking back to 3-3 with a booming overhead.
While the Polish world number four is faster than Williams, the American stayed in most of their long rallies and serving at 4-4, she fought off a break point with a forehand crosscourt winner and then held in a long point that ended with her ripping a forehand down the line.
Williams broke Radwanska to win the match with a backhand winner and another forehand blast.
“I really tried to be more aggressive towards the end,” said Williams. “I don't think I played my best, and I always knew that, worst-case scenario, I could do a little better.”