Magda Linette used every ounce of solid tennis she had to spare to make it into the second round of the US Open Monday afternoon. The 23-year-old defeated Urszula Radwanska in a 7-6(3), 6-1 win on Court Four at the Billy Jean King Tennis Center in New York.
The two haven’t met each other in their careers, but both have an even shot at moving into the next round. Radwanska has had her share of making it into the majors but not moving far into them. After taking an exit in the second round at Wimbledon, the Pole made a big run at Istanbul before losing in the final to Lesia Tsurenko. Though many of her victories didn’t include top names she has considerable skills to play well against Linette.
For the 23 year old, her game hasn’t earned her any time in the spotlight barely making it beyond qualifications for some. While most have an even chance in the first round the fight against her fellow countrywoman will be a crapshoot from the start.
Linette took the first game winning a double break on Radwanska that showed her defense in the set. As she went on serve she managed to hold back Radwanska and create a winning streak to play on. Radwanska secured a victory in Game three holding Linette to a single point to cut the margin in half as well as her streak. She regained the lead but also traded games with Radwanska to hold a game between each other.
On serve in Game Six, Linette put too much speed on the ball causing it to lose its accuracy. It ended with Radwanska leveling back at three all making the set that much harder to win. Through ten games, the battle between the two ladies was dead even causing the set to extend onward. The unforced errors still had a hand in the game as each player continued to record them.
Linette was first to push ahead in the score but her efforts to close out the set went awry letting her first serve falter at the critical moment. It sent the two players into a tiebreaker to determine a clear leader of the match. Linette came out firing on the board where she took a 5-1 lead to Radwanska.
The serve went in the hands of the Pole where her opponent made two unforced errors putting her lead at risk. She was able to get on set point with the ball in her hand ending a rally with a shot down the far line to win 6-3. It was over one minute short of an hour with Linette and Radwanska playing even tennis aside from the lead change.
She opened the second set with a victory before letting Radwanska onto the board. The two got into a lengthy stalemate in the third where neither wanted to give up the key breaking point. It eventually went to Linette where it became the midpoint for her success. She went on to take the next two straight jumping out to a 4-1 lead on Radwanska. She made it 5-1 on a quick sweep of the sixth game to play for the match against her struggling opponent. The unforced errors into the net set her up for a double match point that ended in a winner giving the Pole the victory she was most looking for.
The victory sets her up for a match against Urszula’s sister Agnieszka Radwanska who was fortunate not to be one of the top players that have fallen out of Day One. With upsets already occurring, it is a possibility that has a chance till there no longer is.