Agnieszka Radwanska had just another regular day on court playing her dominating form of tennis. The 26-year-old Pole picked up another shutout in a set as well as defeating Coco Vanderweghe 6-0, 6-2 on center court at the Connecticut Open at Yale University Monday night.
The two have been on different paths this season with the Pole making her way back into the top ranks of the WTA while the American looks for her place in the sun. The two met last year in Beijing where Radwanska won in straight sets with some resistance from Vanderweghe. The Pole made it to her first quarterfinal since Wimbledon just losing out to Simona Halep who took her for a ride in the last two sets. If her skills can get her through the American, she should be capable of going far into the six-day tournament.
She held her serve in the first game landing a winner against Vanderweghe who was there to challenge the Pole on the baseline returns. The American staved off a possible break point from Radwanska all while trying to warm up her offense in the set. She was shattered on the break in deuce where the Pole set up a slow lob that somehow made its way over the net to drop for the winner.
Radwanska continued to look steady on court as she kept the game going her way as she held serve for a second time giving herself a 3-0 margin over Vanderweghe. The American was broken on serve a second time as Radwanska landed some balls in perfect spots that were clearly breaking down Vanderweghe’s game and confidence. Radwanska attacked on serve allowing Vanderweghe a single point. It was her tenth out of 31 that were in the game leaving her completely frustrated.
In a last ditch effort; Vanderweghe used her anger to play tennis against Radwanska that was becoming helpful. She got into a lengthy deuce draw with the Pole that made it the longest game of the match. After 11 minutes and seven breaks in the game, Radwanska was able to seal the set up as the ball flew high in the air landing outside the court in what was a big shutout to start the match.
So much disappointment surrounded Vanderweghe in the set that took 32 minutes to complete. Both served 53 percent but the Pole was better landing seven of eight and capturing her tenth set shutout this season.
Vanderweghe had her family name on the line being down a set and knew that playing near her native home that a change was required. She gave her all at the critical moment that paid off giving her two games in a row over Radwanska. It also got the crowd into it that was more than happy to see her improving. The positivity began to dwindle as Radwanska made a charge forward tying the score at two all.
Defense was the order for Vanderweghe who was working it out in Game Five not wanting to let it get into Radwanska’s hands. That was how it went as the Pole won her third game in a row to send the American into a downspin. Though she tried each time to pull out of trouble, Vanderweghe was closing in on a massive defeat as Radwanska responded far too well that had her playing for the match. It was not meant to be for Vanderweghe who went down in Game Eight with a shot return hitting the top part of the net before falling on the court.
It was the first time that Vanderweghe allowed a shutout in any set that she played this season but the toughness she went against was no fluke. The match ended in 65 minutes in true Radwanska fashion finishing her serve at 56 percent landing more than two thirds her points and returned 32 of 55 across court. “I was glad I woke up and finished the match in two sets,” Radwanska said during her on court interview. “She is a very solid player and if it wasn’t going my way it would have been different had it gone to a third.”
Vanderweghe had a second serve with lots of problems that was one of few factors for her demise in the match. With her being out of the New Haven tournament it gives the New Yorker time to prepare for a better showing at the US Open qualifications.