Agnieszka Radwańska must enjoy playing in Asia. In 2011 she won two tournaments there, in Japan and in China. The next year she made it to the final in Japan and to the quarterfinals in China.
For Ms Radwańska this year’s fall tour of Asia started in South Korea where she won the tournament held there, beating Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6:7, 6:3, 6:4 in the finals. The victory meant a third WTA title this year for the 24-year-old tennis player, as well as her 13th overall in the WTA.
Agnieszka Radwańska in the heat of the battle
However, in the next tournament in Tokyo she fared worse. After beating Canadian Aleksandra Wozniak and Slovak Dominika Cibulkova, she reached the quarterfinals only to be knocked out by German Angelique Kerber in two straight sets – 6:4, 6:4.
Ms Radwańska can blame the loss on exhaustion. Over the course of 10 days she played eight games, winning seven of those. Now she’ll have a few days of rest before the next WTA tournament in Beijing begins this week.
Despite her Tokyo loss, Ms Radwańska’s South Korea victory ensured she has qualified for the season-ending WTA Tour Champions tournament which will be held in Turkey at the end of October. The eight best players of the season will participate in the tournament, and the Polish tennis player, who is currently ranked number four by the WTA, is sure to play there for the third straight year.
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