Radwanska completed a double triumph as she claimed her first Premier Mandatory title and backed up her win in Tokyo by beating Andrea Petkovic in a fantastic final, 7-5 0-6 6-4. I only saw snippets of the first set but both players gave their all and the stats were mighty impressive… Radwanska hit 32 winners throughout the match, which must be a record for her!!! This was to only 12 errors, which is astonishing for a match that lasted over two and a half hours. Petkovic’s stats were also complimentary with 54 winners to 33 errors.
Radwanska has been so impressive this week and is reaping the rewards of working with her new coach. In the first set, she was hitting so many winners of the forehand and generally attacking the ball with so much more convinction than I have ever see her play with before. Radwanska should now qualify for the season-ending championships. Petkovic, who suffered an injury scare in the first set of the final has now pulled out of Linz ending her chances of qualifying for the championships in Istanbul, although she will go to Istanbul as an alternate. Radwanska should join the top 7 who have all officially qualified now; they are Caroline Wozniacki, Maria Sharapova, Victoria Azarenka, Petra Kvitova, Li Na, Vera Zvonareva and Sam Stosur. The majority of these top 7 have been struggling with injury and/or poor form so if Radwanska does officially qualify, she will have a great shot at some more ranking points!