Poland's Radwanska lands memorable WTA Finals title in Singapore
02 November, 2015
Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska capped 11 days of enthralling tennis at the Singapore Indoor Stadium by beating Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova in the final of the $7 million BNP Paribas WTA Finals on Sunday.
The 26-year-old Pole prevailed 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, over the double Wimbledon champion to win the elite end-of-season eight woman championships, easily the biggest title of her career.
Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska celebrates with the trophy after winning the final. Photo: Sport Singapore
"I would like to thank Singapore and all the people working at the event to make it one of the best events in the world," an emotional Radwanska said at the on court trophy presentation.
"It was an amazing week for me and I think also for everyone here. Really, really well done. I hope to see you again next year."
Radwanska was the first woman to win the prestigious event after losing two matches in round robin group play.
Patched up with her shoulder and thigh heavily strapped, the Pole took out the impressive Spanish rising star Muguruza in three tight sets in Saturday's semi-final before overcoming favourite Kvitova in a topsy-turvy contest to win the final.
The Pole's exhausting court coverage and creative shot angles made her a worthy champion and more than made up for the absence of triple defending champion and world number one Serena Williams, who withdrew from Singapore because of fatigue.
Serena's big sister, Venus Williams, was in Singapore, though, taking part in one of the many events away from the court.
The former world number one spoke passionately to young volunteers at SportCares, an initiative to introduce sport to children who live away from their parents and are considered at-risk. There was also an insightful coaching conference and a Singapore Tennis evening at Marina Bay Sands.
Back under the lights on the purple court at the Indoor Stadium, the doubles tournament was won by formidable pair Sania Mirza of India and Swiss miss Martina Hingis, who blew away Spaniards Garbine Muguruza and Carla Suarez Navarro in the final to lift the Martina Navratilova WTA Finals Doubles Trophy.
Switzerland's Martina Hingis (top) and India's Sania Mirza in action during the doubles final. Photo: Sport Singapore
The American great, winner of 59 grand slam titles, who gave her name to the trophy was also victorious in Singapore this year, edging Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario to take the Legends Classic Invitational.
There was Asian success in the rising stars tournament when Naomi Osaka of Japan beat French woman Caroline Garcia to kick-off the second of five WTA Finals to be staged in Singapore.
Japan’s Naomi Osaka (right) celebrates winning the WTA Rising Stars Invitational with France's WTA Caroline Garcia and Sport Singapore CEO Lim Teck Yin (centre). Photo: Sport Singapore