Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland holds the trophy following the final against Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium during day six of the 2013 ASB Classic at ASB Arena in Auckland. Photo by Getty
Top seed Agnieszka Radwanska began her Australian Open
preparations in winning style, accounting for 2010 champion
Yanina Wickmayer to claim the Auckland Classic title.
The world number four, who had not dropped a set throughout
the tournament on the central Auckland courts, beat the
23-year-old Belgian 6-4 6-4 to claim her 11th WTA tour title.
Both players had trouble with their serve in the first set,
with Wickmayer, who had problems with her ball toss in the
windy conditions, broken in just the third game of the set.
The Belgian, however, managed to get back into the match when
she broke to level at 4-4 only for Radwanska to break back
immediately and then serve out to take the set in 45 minutes.
Wickmayer, who was told by her coach to start treating the
game as a practice session and just go for her shots and not
worry about the Pole's retrieving ability, made a strong
start in the second set taking a 2-0 lead.
Radwanska's consistency under pressure, however, proved the
telling point in the second set, constantly putting the ball
back into play and waiting for the tall Belgian to make
Wickmayer, whose emotions bubbled over as she became
increasingly frustrated at the numerous errors she was
committing, managed to delay the inevitable when she saved
four match points on her own serve in the ninth game of the
set, but was unable to stop Radwanska from sealing the title
in the next game in 95 minutes.