All the pre-match talk was about Maria Sharapova. She leads the head to head 12-2 against Radwanska, she hasn’t won a match in over 100 days and has rarely played since Wimbledon however
Sharapova may have lost the first point of the match but she did get the first hold of serve to take a 1-0 lead at the beginning of the match. Despite leading 40-15 on serve another easy hold looked like following for the Russian but Aga stuck in there and after just over 9 minutes, a couple of deuces and double faults the third seed held for a 2-1 lead. It took just until the fourth game of the match until we saw some of the incredible trickery from Radwanska as she held serve for 2-2 but had to save break points on her way to levelling the set. Another long service game on the Sharapova serve followed but she held on again to take a 3-2 lead after a nice forehand crosscourt.
6 games in, 36 minutes gone but the first set still level at 3-3. Who would make the first and potentially decisive breakthrough in the set?
A double fault and an unforced error and suddenly Maria Sharapova is down 0-30 on serve and before you know it Radwanska set up her first break points with a behind the volley at the net! However it has to go down as another missed chance for Aga on the Sharapova serve as the former champion held her serve once again.
A break of serve did come as at 4-4 Radwanska managed to break Sharapova for 5-4 and then served out the set for 6-4, could Sharapova fight back to win this one?
A hold of serve was much needed and it was what Sharapova got as she took a 1-0 lead like she did in the first set and then broke Radwanska after a pretty awful drop shot from the Pole. 2-0 quickly became 3-0 with the Russian in control of this set. After the first three games went in favour of Sharapova the next three were all won on serve with Sharapova leading 4-2 however more drama was to follow!
Radwanska got the break back in the set for 3-4 and would serve to level the set at 4-4! Aga couldn’t hold serve and Maria went a break ahead before sealing the set 6-3 but who would win the final set?
After Aga held for 1-0 a break of serve did look like following after three double faults in another long Sharapova service game but the Russian somehow saved the break points with some amazing rallies between the two to level the set at one a piece.
Could this be the match of missed opportunities for Radwanska as Sharapova saw one break point and took it to go 2-1 up in the final set. After the break the set continued on serve with Sharapova ahead at 4-2 and then 0-30 on the Radwanska serve and on the third break point in the game Sharapova went 5-2 up and would serve for the match!
Serving for the match didn’t go to plan as the Russian was broken by Radwanska to get one of the breaks back in the set for 3-5 followed by a quick hold of serve for Aga and Maria for the second time would serve for the match…
Would you believe it, Maria had to save break points again but double faulted on match point but she did seal the match 4-6 6-3 6-4 in what was a missed opportunity for Aga as Sharapova records her 13th win against Radwanska, unlucky for some!
Overall a good performance from Sharapova which sends out a message to the other players that she is up for the battle! The only downsides to her game were the double faults (12) and unforced errors (56) and also (55) winners which is very good!