A straight sets victory for Agnieszka Radwanska got her into the second round of the US Open Monday afternoon. In what looked to be a late charge from Katerina Siniakova the 15th seed was able to hold her off winning 6-2, 6-3 on Court Four at the Billy Jean King Tennis Center in New York.
In the final Grand Slam of the season, the 26 year old from Poland looked to begin her quest to best any of her previous nine appearances at the US Open. The number 15 seed in the tournament started her tournament run against the Czech having never met before. While Radwanska’s success had her climbing back to the top, the 19-year-old Czech was still finding her way into the thick of the sport.
At Wimbledon, Siniakova was lucky enough to qualify but didn’t get out of the first round against a fellow unranked player. With her going against a player who has ousted others in record breaking time, she would have to make a big statement in order to surpass the round of 128.
Both managed to hold serve in the first two games but as Radwanska returned to serve in Game Three everything changed. The high ranked Polish tennis star pushed out to a 3-1 lead over Siniakova holding serve a second time and breaking the Czech’s rhythm. She climbed to 4-1 when in the sixth game a challenge occurred from Siniakova. The teen put up one of her strongest fights of the set fighting Radwanska back to force deuce and play it through four breaks where she somehow held on to victory.
It was short lived as Radwanska again stepped in the right direction winning the seventh game to play for the set. Siniakova felt the pressure committing an unforced error followed by her third double fault. Though she gained a couple points for herself, it was Radwanska playing cool and collected to win the set 6-2 in 30 minutes. The Pole won 80 percent of her points on serve while committing just four unforced errors while Siniakova had 17 despite landing 11 winners against her.
In an attempt to have a better showing in the second, Siniakova took a big first step winning Game One on the break. When she returned to serve, her efforts were underachieved as she continued the unforced errors while Radwanska made it look easy winning points on her own. She then took back control of her serve to lead once more in the set hoping that Siniakova’s consistency on her serve would continue.
It was more of a fight that she brought on Radwanska doing everything she could to show her interest in fighting for the lead. After a thrilling lob shot rally, Radwanska forced deuce on a shot that the teenager was never getting to. Despite the push to break, it was Siniakova who held on and won a chance to be on level terms for the first time in the match.
The stalemate went through six games until Radwanska pulled away in the seventh to take the match back in her hands. She won the game on serve and held off Siniakova to serve for the match. With her back in control, the Pole ended the match with a big victory in the eighth ending the match in one hour and three minutes.
Radwanska kept her serve at 70 percent still landing 80 percent of her shots including 15 winners combined against Siniakova. The teen had six double faults and 31 unforced errors that were contributed by a weak second serve. With her out of the way, Radwanska would move into the round of 64 waiting to meet the winner between Magda Linette and sister Urszula Radwanska on Wednesday.