Agnieszka Radwanska made the final match of the night a truly magnificent performance to have witnessed at the Rogers Cup Wednesday. The defending champion defeated Germany’s Julia Goerges 7-5, 6-3 on centre court in Toronto to advance into the round of 16.
These two haven’t met since the London Olympics of 2012 where the German won a thrilling three set match against the Pole in the opening round. Things are a bit different this time around as the now 26 year old is getting too old for games. Radwanska has been on a tear through tournaments where she tried to get back into the top ten after having a disastrous start to the season. With her being defending champion the expectations were very high north of the border.
Goerges has been in two tournaments before the Masters but didn’t get far into either of them. With the chance to move through against Radwanska, shell hope to have her game in top form against a player who is as strong as she is ruthless on court.
From the opening serve it was Goerges who took point in the match playing strong through the break to win a second straight after four breaks. Radwanska did even up in the fourth but the control from Goerges kept her out front leading 3-2. The 2014 champ turned on the heat speeding through Game Seven winning her second straight on the German and return the lead at 4-3.
Goerges worked through the eighth to even back but she was thrown for a ride as Radwanska swept through the ninth to win a love service and a 5-4 score. Sitting on a chance for the set, Radwanska had a couple of unforced errors against Goerges slapping shots just outside the line that cost her dearly. The German pushed the set onward hoping that she could get through with the Polish star swiftly.
It would not go that way in the 11th as Radwanska gained the advantage on deuce after two breaks to sit at 6-5 playing for the set. Radwanska earned the win on an short rally that ended with Goerges shooting the ball into the net for an unforced error and a conclusion to the set. It was in the books after 47 minutes where despite the late charge from the Pole, the battle between the two players was still tight. Both served at 63 percent with Radwanska holding the edge on points won on the first serve winning 19 of 25.
Goerges took a medical timeout during the break between sets to have her right wrist taken care of. The trainer wrapped her wrist to treat the pain and put her back into action. She came out firing away to Radwanska but in her surprise, the Pole worked well moving in front, connecting with the ball and winning the game.
Goerges nearly lost the second game but held serve against Radwanska to keep the set on an even keel while it as early. On an opportunity to break the serve of her opponent, Goerges failed to answer on a low shot in front dropping Game Three. Despite the inability to gain an edge, both players had yet to drop a serve in the last four matches trading wins.
By Game seven Radwanska took the lead at 4-3 where her skills would not be broken if she had anything to do with it. Game Eight was the point that proved her correct as she broke Goerges on 40-30 where the German landed a shot wide. Radwanska faced her first chance to serve out the match beginning with a shot near the net that required her to contort her body a bit. She got onto a double match point where she won it on a shot from Goerges that flew far off the court ending the two set victory.
“I’m just glad I could win the match in two sets and ready for the next round,” Radwanska said to Sportsnet after the match. “I’ve won a couple of semifinals here as well and I’ve been playing great tennis every year so it makes me very happy to be back here.”
She finished with the usual stats that she is used to performing at 70 percent on the serve and committing just 10 unforced errors throughout the 1 hour and 28 minute match. The victory sets her up for a huge battle against Alize Cornet who she defeated earlier this season. “I’m not expecting an easy match and I’m just gonna go out and play my best tennis,” Radwanska said about playing Cornet. “With her it’s always a great challenge. She’s a great fighter very solid all around so it’s gonna be a tough one tomorrow.”