Agnieszka Radwanska will compete in the final of WTA Finals for the first time in her career after a stunning 6-7 6-3 7-5 victory over Garbine Muguruza in the semi-finals on Saturday evening.
Radwanska has made history in Singapore this week, becoming the first Pole to reach the Final at the WTA Finals and becoming the first player to finish the group stage with a 1-2 win/loss record to reach the final since Venus Williams did so in 2009. Earlier in the week, Radwanska became the 16th lady to reach 500 career victories on the WTA tour and she has now won over $20 million in prize money.
Radwanska looked down and out after slumping to 0-2 courtesy of losses to Maria Sharapova and Flavia Pennetta. It would have been very easy for Radwanska to concede defeat and give up on her Singapore campaign after 2 disappointing losses. However Radwanska rebounded with an impressive 7-6 6-1 victory over Simona Halep to advance into the semi-finals. Aga needed to win in 2 sets and was 2 points away from elimination at 1-5 in the 1st set tiebreak before winning 6 straight points.
Radwanska once again showed her fighting spirit on Saturday. The Pole was extremely emotional after her victory over Muguruza, admitting that she didn’t think it would be possible to come back after losing an extremely close first set.
It was a match full of momentum swings, after losing a tight opening set, Radwanska came out strong in the second set to open up a commanding lead before Muguruza came storming back. Radwanska managed to weather the storm and send the match to a decider. The deciding set followed a similar path, Radwanska opened up a nice lead but Muguruza would blast her way back into the match despite being clearly fatigued. Radwanska was ultimately the better player, bringing a stunning mix of deft touch and aggression to the court to record a famous victory.
Radwanska now has a chance to win the biggest tile of her career, it would be a truly amazing end to the season for Radwanska considering the bitter lows during the middle of the year. No matter what happens, this tournament and the Asian swing in general will give Radwanska a much needed confidence boost heading into season 2016.