Agnieszka Radwanska upends Venus Williams to capture title at Rogers Cup

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Agnieszka Radwanska, 25, defeated Venus Williams, 34, in Montreal on Sunday to become the first tennis player from Poland to win the Rogers Cup.  PAUL CHIASSON/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Agnieszka Radwanska, 25, defeated Venus Williams, 34, in Montreal on Sunday to become the first tennis player from Poland to win the Rogers Cup.

MONTREAL — Agnieszka Rad­wanska beat Venus Williams 6-4, 6-2 on Sunday to win the Rogers Cup title.

The third-seeded Radwanska, the first Rogers Cup champion from Poland, picked up her first tournament victory of the year and the $441,000 winner’s prize. The 34-year-old Williams earned $220,000.

The 25-year-old Radwanska used her relentless baseline game to dominate a tired-looking Williams, who was coming off an emotional three-set victory over her top-ranked sister Serena Williams on Saturday.

“I think I was playing much better every match,” Radwanska said. “I didn’t start that well from my first match, but every match was much better. That’s why I think I’m sitting right here now with you (reporters). I was feeling the balls much better.”

Radwanska, ranked fifth in the world to Williams’ 26th, posted her first Rogers Cup win after twice reaching the semifinals. It was her first tournament victory since 2013 at Seoul.

The Krakow, Poland, native shot off to a 4-1 lead, but Williams answered with a break that had the fans on their feet. Radwanska hit a drop shot, Williams dropped back, Radwanska hit a lob and Williams got back in time to win the point with a cross-court smash.
Radwanska settled back in to finish the set and opened the second with a service break. After Williams broke to tie it at 2-2, she gave the break to Rad­wanska with a pair of double faults. Rad­wanska cruised the rest of the way, punctuating her victory with an ace on match point.

Williams, a seven-time Grand Slam winner, will move back into the world top-20 starting today.

• In Toronto, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga won the men’s portion of the Rogers Cup on Sunday, beating second-seeded Roger Federer 7-5, 7-6 (3) for his fourth consecutive victory over a higher-seeded opponent.

The 13th-seeded Frenchman beat top-ranked Novak Djokovic on Thursday, eighth-seeded Andy Murray on Friday and seventh-seeded Grigor Dimitrov on Saturday.


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