Both Radwanska sisters are enjoying the best years of their careers, and even though the older Agnieszka has been a fixture in the Top 10 for years and is now enjoying her best year so far with three WTA titles and a Grand Slam final, the 21-year-old Urszula is approaching the heights.
Before Tokyo, at back-to-back International-level tournaments in Tashkent and Guangzhou, Urszula, currently at a career-high No.36 ranking, reached the semifinals, which she lost to eventual champions, and this week at the $2,168,400 Tokyo she’s already earned twice as much money and the same number of points as in each of the International events by beating seed No.11 and former No.1 Ana Ivanovic in the second round. Ivanovic was just two games away from victory, but lost eight of the next 10 games and fell to Urszula 3-6 6-4 6-2, piling up a total of 12 double faults.
Fifth seed Angelique Kerber, who beat Japanese No.1 Ayumi Morita 6-3 6-4, is Urszula’s opponent in the third round. (photo: sr_cranks)