It didn’t happen in the last week’s Doha semifinal against eventual champion Victoria Azarenka, but today, in the first round of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, Agnieszka Radwanska earned her 300th victory in her seventh year of turning pro. It wasn’t an easy final step, as Radwanska fought harsh wind and qualifier Aleksandra Wozniak‘s resurgence in the second and third set.
The world No.6 Radwanska cruised through the first set 6-1, but it turned out she would need two more hours to finish the match. Serving for the win at 6-5 in the second set, Radwanska was even two points away from triumph, when Wozniak crept back with her solid baseline play and after winning the second set in a tiebreak, in the third she established a 5-3 lead. Radwanska, however, rallied and won the match 6-1 6-7(6) 7-5.
Next for Radwanska is Shahar Peer, who leads their head-to-head record 3-2. However, they haven’t met since 2010. (photo: Johan Rivera, follow him on Twitter @HobbiesPlus)