Mile­stone vic­tory

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Quick News - By DENISE S. CAHILL

POLAND’S Ag­nieszka Rad­wan­ska beat world num­ber one Serena Wil­liams for the first time in her coun­try’s 2-1 win over the US at the 2015 Hop­man Cup fi­nal at Perth Arena last Satur­day.

Rad­wan­ska, ranked num­ber six in the world, broke Wil­liams’ serve twice in the first set to lead 6-4 after 48 min­utes.

How­ever, Wil­liams was not go­ing to give away an easy vic­tory, win­ning the sec­ond set in a tiebreak but Rad­wan­ska dom­i­nated in the de­cider, win­ning 6-1.

Wil­liams had 59 un­forced er­rors to Rad­wan­ska’s 19 in the match that lasted just over two hours.

John Is­ner won over the vo­cal crowd by walk­ing on to court wear- ing a Fre­man­tle Dock­ers scarf and won a tough match against Poland’s Jerzy Janow­icz 7-6 6-4.

The men held their serves, tak­ing the game to a tiebreak and the 208cm Is­ner won the set with a 232km/h ace.

The Amer­i­can got off to a good start in the sec­ond, break­ing Janow­icz’s serve and tak­ing the match 6-4 lead­ing in to a mixed dou­bles de­cider.

Wil­liams and Is­ner had a 4-2 lead early in the mixed dou­bles but Poland broke serve to even­tu­ally win the first set 7-5.

Poland hit their way to a 4-2 lead in the sec­ond and frus­tra­tion got the bet­ter of Wil­liams, who broke her rac­quet on the court as the US went down 2-5.



Rad­wan­ska se­cured the vic­tory 6-3 in the sec­ond.

Rad­wan­ska said she was happy to re­turn to the Hop­man Cup for the sec­ond year and win the trophy.

“We get good matches against top play­ers, it’s a great tour be­fore the Aus­tralian Open,” she said.

Janow­icz said the vic­tory was spe­cial to him be­cause he was forced to pull out of Hop­man Cup 2014 be­cause of in­jury.

“To­day’s sin­gles match was my best match here and I was play­ing re­ally good ten­nis,” he said.

Rad­wan­ska had a quick turn around fol­low­ing the Hop­man Cup play­ing her first Syd­ney In­ter­na­tional match yes­ter­day morn­ing.

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