Montreal, QC, Canada (4E Sports) – Third seed Agnieszka Radwanska captured her first title of the year at the Rogers Cup via an impressive 6-4, 6-2 triumph over unseeded Venus Williams Sunday.
Radwanska, who had 12 winners and just eight unforced errors, capitalized on Williams’ 41 unforced errors to take the match in one hour and 21 for her 14th career title.
The 25-year-old Radwanska improved to 4-5 in her head-to-head showdown with Venus, who was seeking her second title of 2014.
Williams took the opening game of the first set but Radwanska ran off four straight games to take control. Williams broke back and drew within 4-3 but Radwanska was simply unstoppable.
In the second set, Radwanska and Williams battled to a 2-2 tie before the former regained control of the match en route to victory.
“Venus, I just want to say great match – not just today, but it was a whole week of great tennis,” said Radwanska, who jumped from No.7 to No.3 on the Road To Singapore leaderboard, the year-long journey to the BNP Paribas WTA Finals.
“I had a really amazing week this week too. I’ve been playing here for years, a couple of times I made the semifinals, and I kept trying and trying, and now I’ve finally done it,” she added.
“First I have to say wow, this is the first time I’ve ever won a match in Canada since I turned professional 20 years ago – I never imagined I would get to the finals of this tournament,” Williams said. “I have to congratulate Agnieszka on a wonderful tournament and a wonderful final.”
On the men’s side, 13th seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga defeated second seed Roger Federer, 7-5, 7-6 (3), in one hour and 47 minutes to claim his 11th career title.
Tsonga spoiled Federer’s quest to become the first player in history to record 300 wins at the Masters 1000 level.