BNP Paribas WTA Finals, Singapore
Women’s Final: [CR5] Petra Kvitova (CZE) vs. [CR6] Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)
It has been an erratic season for Radwanska, a player known for her fighting spirit. She has seen her ranking go from one extreme to the other in one year. She has had coaches come and go. She’s had to listen to questions and heard whispered ones, “What’s going on with Radwanska’s game?” She’s probably even asked herself the same question a time or two as she saw her ranking drop and she failed to win a match she should have won. Yet, through all the doubts and the fluctuating results, Radwanska kept fighting, fighting to rediscover the form that saw her reach the Wimbledon Final in 2012.
Radwanska started to work her way back into form beginning in Eastbourne. Yet, just when she appeared to have regained her consistent form, there was another period of erratic play. Then from the latter part of September to this Final, Radwanska maintained her consistency. Was I surprised that she was able to defeat Kvitova in the final given their head-to-head record? Somewhat; yet, that is what makes sports so exciting, the unexpected surprises that sometimes await the fans. Both players played with injuries, yet they were determined to fight for every point. The third set was a battle until Radwanska seized the momentum as Kvitova seemed to be hampered by her injury. Radwanska won 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 and scored the biggest title of her career. What does this mean for Radwanska in 2016?