FEBRUARY 21, 2012
- World No.6 Agnieszka Radwanska scored the 300th match win of her young career Tuesday, but it wasn't easy, as she had to fight back to beat Aleksandra Wozniak at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.
Playing her first match of the week in windy conditions at the Premier event, the No.5-seeded Radwanska cruised through the first set in 28 minutes, 6-1. She broke for 6-5 in the second set and served for the match, even going ahead 30-0, but Wozniak began creeping back with some solid play from the baseline, and she managed to push it to a third set. The Canadian qualifier even built a 5-3 lead in the decider before Radwanska made one last push to win, 61 67(6) 75.
"She started to play much better in the second set," Radwanska said of Wozniak, a former World No.21 now ranked No.80. "The last time I played her was a long time ago, but I saw she passed the qualies here, and she was just running and moving very well, and being very consistent in the second and third sets. With the wind so strong today it was really hard to finish the points, too.
"The first match is always a tricky one, so I'm just very happy I could come back in this third set, get through it and win the match."
Awaiting Radwanska in the second round will be Shahar Peer, who is 8-2 in her career in Dubai. Peer leads Radwanska in their head-to-head, 3-2.