Thursday, July 05, 2012

TENNIS:AGNIESSZKA RADWANSKA BEATS ANGELIQUE KERBER TO REACH FINAL OF WIMBLEDON OPEN, MAKES HISTORY AS FIRST POLE IN SEVENTY FIVE YEARS TO ENTER FINAL


Third seed Agnieszka Radwanska reached her first Grand Slam final with a convincing straight sets victory over Angelique Kerber at Wimbledon. 

Radwanska ended Poland's 75-year wait for a Wimbledon singles finalist as she crushed Kerber's title hopes.

Radwanska triumphed 6-3 6-4 on Centre Court and will face Serena Williams or Victoria Azarenka in Saturday's title match.

Kerber started well with an early break and the 24-year-old led 3-1 in the opener but Radwanska's greater consistency then outstripped the German's attacking ploys.

Hard-hitting left-hander Kerber had taken out Kim Clijsters and Sabine Lisicki in the earlier rounds, and her bold shots were landing where she planned initially.


The pair began with love service games and the first nine points went with serve, the sequence ending when Radwanska lashed a forehand into the net.


When Kerber's backhand bounced into the tramlines, Radwanska celebrated becoming the first Polish woman in 75 years to earn a place in a Grand Slam final with a subtle jig on the baseline.  


She secured victory when a disappointing Kerber, who was hoping to become Germany's first women's finalist since Steffi Graf 13 years ago, followed a wayward forehand with a backhand into the tramlines. 

Jadwiga Jedrzejowska was a Wimbledon runner-up for Poland in 1937 but world number three Radwanska is Poland's first grand slam singles finalist in the open era, which began in 1968, and it was her defence which was key in fending off Kerber.

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