Beating Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, Sabine Lisicki, eighth seed Victoria Azarenka, Ekaterina Makarova and finally Venus Williams at the Rogers Cup, world No.5 Agnieszka Radwanska clinched her first title of the season and 14th of her career.
At the semifinal stage of the tournament, all eyes were on the all-Williams clash, while Radwanska added the victory over Makarova to her pile of big wins at the Premier-level tournament and earned a meeting with Venus, whom she had beaten in their previous two matches, despite trailing their head-to-head record 3-5.
Venus’ health issues include problems with tiredness and her four three-setters en route to the final only added to the strain. The fact that her last step towards the title was the big returner Radwanska decreased her chances further. The Pole’s retrieving skills forced Venus to make errors and even though the American never stopped fighting, coming back from 4-1 to 4-3 in the first set and from 2-0 to 2-2 in the second, the energetic Radwanska triumphed 6-4 6-2.
The 2014 Rogers Cup was an amazing tournament for Women's Tennis Blog, as we followed the event live, through our photographer Jimmie48. In this post you can see three of his photos of Aga Radwanska, while below you can see the full galleries from seven tournament days:
- Thursday third-round action and upsets of Kvitova and Sharapova
- Wednesday's second round matches and progress of favorites
- Tuesday's shock of Eugenie Bouchard's exit
- Rogers Cup kicks into higher gear on Monday
- Busy Sunday in Montrael
- Action gets underway on Friday
- Thursday - preparation for the Rogers Cup
I have more great news! Women's Tennis Blog has also established cooperation with photographer Omar Boraby and he will bring us fresh photos from this week's Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati. Stay tuned!