Confidence in any sport is important and for either Petra Kvitova or Agnieszka Radwanska winning this tournament will be a massive boost going into 2016 and should also be a catalyst for next season after both have had a difficult 2015.
Petra Kvitova has been suffering with mononucleosis throughout the year but has shown that great fighting spirit to get to the final this year. Radwanska’s year did take a while to get going with a lot of poor results but has really turned up the last few months and was on the brink of going out in Singapore after losing her first two matches against Sharapova and Pennetta and found herself 5-1 down in the tie-break against Halep and was two points away from going out in Singapore but turned it around at the last moment and is in the final!
The former champion got the match under way but is way the first time finalist who got on the board first breaking for a 1-0 lead before consolidating her early break of serve. Kvitova got on the board with her first hold of serve but the Pole broke again to take a 4-1 lead and in cruise control of the final with her craft and ability causing problems for Kvitova at the back of the court. It just went from bad to worse for Kvitova whose smash hit the top of the net and bounced wide before Aga served an ace for a 5-1 lead and after 6 games the unforced error count was at 1 for Radwanska and 15 for Kvitova!
Kvitova held her next game from 15-30 to get to 2-5 and then called on her coach but could she trouble a rampant Radwanska?
What better way to describe the first set from Radwanska who strolled to take it 6-2 with some stunning tennis!
Well well well! A stunning drop shot put Radwanska 0-30 up on Kvitova’s serve and after a marathon game she broke to go 1-0 up! The set continued on serve and suddenly Petra got in the groove winning 8 points in a row to go 4-3 up!
1-3 down to 5-4 up and whilst Radwanska was serving to stay in the set she was broken by Kvitova who improved her winner count with no unforced errors from Aga despite losing the set 6-4!
It went from bad to worse for Radwanska as Kvitova’s resurgence continued as she went 2-0 up in the third set and at this point it started to look like another missed opportunity for Radwanska…
Missed opportunity? Maybe not as Radwanska immediately broke back for 1-2! From 0-2 to 2-2 after a hold to love for Radwanska, what would happen next?
Another break of serve happened as Radwanska found herself 3-2 up after an error from Kvitova but could she consolidate the break? The answer, no! However she broke Kvitova again for 4-3!
4-3 became 5-3 and Radwanska was just one game away from the biggest title of her career!
A lucky net cord winner set up 0-30 and just two points needed for Aga! A 52 unforced error set up three championship points for Aga! Singapore has a new champion in Agnieszka Radwanska who wins the biggest tournament of her career after being just two points from going out of the tournament a few days ago!