Agnieszka Radwanska captured her 19th career title beating Elina Svitolina 6-1, 7-6(3) to win the New Haven title Sunday.
The last wildcard entrant blasted Petra Kvitova in the semifinals Saturday 6-1, 6-1 and then roared out to a similar scoreline in the first set of the final before the Ukrainian mounted a late surge.
“A great week for me,” Radwanska told the Hartford Courant. “Great preparation. A couple of great matches. In the semi, in the final, very strong tournament. No easy matches. I was pushing myself 100 percent from the first round, working hard here. … Just trying to keep it up and play the same level in New York.”
Radwanska is back on court Tuesday at the US Open where she’ll face American Jessica Pegula in the first round.
The title, Radwanska’s second of the second, give her the US Open Series title meaning she will be awarded a $1 million dollar bonus for winning the US Open, or a total purse of $4.5 million. But the Pole has never made the quarterfinals at the event.
The 21-year-old Svitolina suffered her first career loss in a final, dropping to 4-1 in title matches.
“I think her game was on top,” said Svitolina. “She always plays this way, really low. The balls are really low, and they’re like skidding a little bit. She was at her best, I think. And me, I was a bit up and down all the time. It’s really tough to play against her when she’s getting each ball and playing so deep.”
Svitolina, who stunned Serena Williams at the Rio Olympics, will play Monday against Mandy Minella.
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