Agnieszka Radwańska might have lost the tennis final in the WTA China Open in Beijing against Svetlana Kuznetsova (6-2, 6-4), it is still the Cracovian’s biggest success in her tennis career to date. Picking up four hundred thousand U.S. dollars and returning in the world’s top 10 in women’s tennis, Agnieszka Radwańska clearly found her way back up after a difficult start in 2009.
Radwańska boldly took a 2-0 lead in the first set, but Kuznetsova returned, winning six games in a row, taking the first set. The second set was more equal, yet Kuznetsova proved to be slightly stronger, taking one break point home, winning 6-4 and taking the tournament.
The defeat was no surprise. In the previous confrontations with Kuznetsova, six out of nine were lost by Radwańska. Still, the 20-year-old from Krakow won all her four previous finals, although it must be said that all of these were lower ranked tournaments on the WTA circuit. All in all, Radwańska has raked in a small sum of about three million U.S. dollars. Things can only get better, because the next destination is Moscow, the tournament she missed out on last year due to passport and visa troubles. Since she wasn’t able to play, she has only WTA points to gain.