Rogers Cup final: Agnieszka Radwanska defeats Williams in straight sets
The Canadian Press
Published Sunday, August 10, 2014 3:06PM EDT
Last Updated Sunday, August 10, 2014 3:24PM EDT
MONTREAL - Agnieszka Radwanska defeated Venus Williams 6-4, 6-2 to win the US$2.44 million women's Rogers Cup on Sunday.
The third-seeded Radwanska, the first Rogers Cup champion from Poland, picked up her first tournament win of the year and the $441,000 winner's prize. The 34-year-old Williams earned $220,000.
The 25-year-old Radwanska used her relentless baseline game to dominate a tired-looking Williams, who was coming off an emotional, three-set victory over her top-ranked sister Serena Williams in a semifinal on Saturday.
The Krakow, Poland native shot off to a 4-1 lead, but Venus Williams answered with a break that had the centre court crowd on its feet as Radwanska hit a drop shot, Williams dropped back, Radwanska hit a lob and Williams got back in time to win the point with a cross-court smash.
Radwanska settled back in to finish the set and opened the second with a service break. After Williams broke to tie it at 2-2, she gave the break to Radwanska with a pair of double faults. Radwanska cruised the rest of the way, punctuating her victory with an ace on match point.
Radwanska, ranked fifth in the world to Williams' 26th, posted her first Rogers Cup win after twice reaching the semifinals. It was her first tournament victory since 2013 at Seoul.
Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland kisses the winner's trophy after beating Venus Williams of the United States in the final at the Rogers Cup tennis tournament Sunday Aug. 10, 2014 in Montreal. (Paul Chiasson / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland reacts during her final match against Venus Williams of the United States at the Rogers Cup tennis tournament on Sunday August 10, 2014 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Venus Williams of the United States reacts during her final match against Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland at the Rogers Cup tennis tournament on Sunday August 10, 2014 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson