Agnieszka Radwanska has made the perfect start to season 2016, claiming her 18th WTA singles title at the Shenzhen Open courtesy of a 6-3 6-2 victory over Alison Riske in Saturday’s final. It has been a wonderful week for the Pole who cruised through the draw and has shown signs of improvement which could be very valuable moving forward as she continues to fight for a maiden Grand Slam title.
Aga saved her best performance of the week for the final, totally outclassing her American opponents with a perfect mix of aggressive and defensive tennis. The first set was close, one service break was all that separated the pair. It was in the second set that Aga really stepped up her game and comfortably ran way with the match. Aga served 9 aces and was not broken throughout the whole match, a great serving performance.
Radwanska was barely challenged in Shenzhen, claiming victory in straight sets in all 5 of her matches. The Pole has now won 3 titles in her last 3 events, having claimed back-to-back titles in Tianjin and Singapore to end 2016. It means Radwanska is one of the form players heading into the Australian Open, perhaps a maiden Grand Slam title is just around the corner?
Radwanska has clearly worked on a number of aspects of her game during the off-season but one key area that seems to have improved is her serve. Aga was broken on just 3 occasions throughout her 5 matches in Shenzhen. Aga’s first serve statistics were particularly encouraging, maintaining an average first serve percentage of 68% throughout the week and winning 80% of points behind her first serve. Of course, Aga’s second serve statistics weren’t great, but they weren’t bad either. Aga will never have a wonderful second serve but if she maintains a high first serve percentage and is able to win a good amount of those points then she will be well positioned, which was proven this week.
It seems like Radwanska is now in the best position she has ever been in to win a Grand Slam title. Aga seems to have finally found the right balance between aggressive and defensive tennis, something that has always held her back. Winning the WTA Finals at the end of 2015 should give Aga a new-found confidence, knowing that she can win back-to-back matches against the best players in the world at such a big event. With so many high profile players withdrawing from week 1 events due to injury concerns, Aga has to like her chances of achieving great results at the Australian Open, perhaps this is Aga’s time to shine!
Can Radwanska win a Grand Slam in 2016? let me know what you think in the comments sections 🙂