Radwanska Passes Niculescu Test


DOHA, Qatar - World No.3 Agnieszka Radwanska recovered from a double break down to see off Monica Niculescu, 7-5, 6-1.
"I think she has the best hands on tour, very tricky player and very uncomfortable to play against," Radwanska said of her opponent during her on-court interview. "I knew it was going to be tough and a long one. What can I say? She really made me play my best tennis, so I'm very happy to win that match in two sets."
Grabbing the opening set, Radwanska played impeccable tennis throughout, striking 31 winners to just 15 unforced; Niculescu wasn't too far behind with 24 winners and 32 errors.
"I think when you play someone like Monica, you know there will be a lot of weird shots all around the court, and every shot is going to be different.
"She had a lot of highlights herself!"
In her six appearances at the Qatar Total Open, Radwanska has reached the quarterfinals or better five times, but is still looking for her first final in Doha.
Asked about the increasing parity that the WTA has seen in 2016, the reigning BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global champion theorized that the upsets are part of what makes her tour so fun to watch.
"I think this is women's tennis; you never know what's going to happen! Every day, we're playing different, but it makes us interesting. We're always fun to watch, a lot of different scores, a lot of surprises on the way to the final.
"That's the way we play!"
Up next for Radwanska is the winner of the third round between No.9 seed Roberta Vinci and wildcard Cagla Buyakakcay, who upset defending champion Lucie Safarova in her opening match.