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After a couple of shaky starts in her previous matches, Serena Williams saved her fans any more heart palpitations by crushing the defending champion, Agnieszka Radwanska, 6-0, 6-3 in 1 hour, 5 minutes under the lights Thursday in a semi-final of the Sony Open.
Radwanska had only won one set off Serena in four previous meetings and from the first ball there did not seem much chance of her improving on that dismal record. Serena went straight into her best rhythm, driving balls off both flanks into the far corners of the court. The tall Polish player chased as best she could, but not until the second set did she manage to engage her opponent in any meaningful rallies.
So Serena goes into her eighth final of a tournament she has already won five times. "I have to do well here," she told the crowd. "I'm from south Florida and all my friends and family are here. I'm excited because I'm in the final again."
A shriek of approval greeted that remark and there is no doubt that the younger Williams sister will feel the warmth of hometown support when she plays Maria Sharapova at 11:30 a.m. EST on Saturday.
Referring to her struggles earlier in the week, Serena said, "I felt pretty good in practice and I just said 'It's coming, keep trying, keep going for it' and tonight it worked well."
Once again, by outclassing the No. 4-ranked player in the world, Serena showed how far she can distance herself from the rest of the field when she is playing at the top of her game.
The only Frenchman to get as far as the final of this tournament is Sebastien Grosjean, who keeps a home in Boca Raton and was beaten by Richard Krajicek in 1999. Grosjean is now coaching Richard Gasquet and is obviously passing on some useful tips because the 26-year-old, seeded eighth, completely outplayed the No. 4-seed Tomas Berdych 6-3, 6-3.
"Sebastien is telling me good things every day for sure," Gasquet said. "He did the finals many years ago so I will try to do the same. It will be tough. For sure tomorrow I have a difficult match to play."
For sure. Gasquet will be up against Andy Murray who has beaten him four times in seven meetings. But on a chilly evening, Berdych could not repeat the victory he scored over Gasquet two weeks ago at Indian Wells.
"Not apologizing for myself but it was just too much tennis for me in the last seven weeks," said Berdych, who was a semi-finalist at Indian Wells and, before that, a finalist at Marseille and Dubai. "My tank is empty completely. I was trying to do my best, trying to bring whatever I had. But Richard was stronger. He was better today. He didn't give me any chance at all so definitely he deserves to win."
As usual it was the Frenchman's classic one-handed backhand that did much of the damage. Many of Gasquet's 16 winners came off that flank while the big Czech frequently had a hard time keeping the ball in court.
Win or lose against Murray, this will stand as Gasquet's most successful start to a season. He has a 21-4 match record and has already picked up two ATP titles in Qatar and Marseille.
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During a quarterfinal match at the Sony Open women's tennis tournament on Tuesday, Agnieszka Radwanska makes an incredible off-balance, no-look, behind-the-back shotthat leaves opponent Kirsten Flipkens staring in disbelief. Video via WTA. H/T BI. Visit us at holdoutsports.com and follow us on Twitter @HoldoutSports.
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Agnieszka Radwanska pulled off the tennis shot of the year during her quarterfinal match at the Sony Open Tennis in Miami on Tuesday. Radwanska was serving to ad court up 2-0 in the second set against Kirsten Flipkens. After a short return from Flipkens, Radwanska sent an approach shot into the corner. Flipkens tried to pass with a backhand up the line, but it hit the net, causing...
We posted some pretty amazing tennis shots here on Outside the Boxscore but this one by Russia's Agnieszka Radwanska at a quarterfinal match at the 2013 Sony Open might be one of the best.
In the second set against Kristen Flipkens, it appeared that Kristen was going to win the point after the ball had deflected off the net and appeared ready to drop in for the point.
© Sony Open Tennis Serena Williams is powering her way through the Sony Open draw hoping for a record 6th trophy in her hometown tourney. She is wearing the summered-up version of the tennis dress she wore in Australia earlier this year. It's the Nike Pleated Knit Dress in White with Atomic Teal, Violet Force and Volt, $90. Perfect colors for springtime in Miami and on court...
If I wasn’t so focused on the NCAA basketball Tournament right now, I think I would of caught E! Fashion Police last night as they continue to countdown their ‘Sweet 16 most stylish athletes‘ throughout the month of March. Fortunately, I found some footage online of yesterdays show I can share with you guys. At #4 was Tennis superstar Serena Williams, and that crazy body! Just...
I have typed “Agnieszka Radwanska” like, ten times now. I hope that’s right. Agnieszka Radwanska.Anyway, if you don’t know Agnieszka Radwanska, you’ll be instantly impressed to find that she can beat you at tennis, even when she’s running away from the ball and swinging blindly behind her. That’s what happened in the second set of her quarterfinals match against Kirsten...
Agnieszka Radwanska, volleying with Kirsten Flipkens at the 2013 Sony Open, ran past one of Flipkens' returns as it hit the top of the net and bounced up. Radwanska does a complete 360 and,...
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Serena Williams poses with the Sony Open winner’s trophy at Crandon Park beach
By Jane Voigt
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Serena Williams has broken the Key Biscayne women's record for
most titles, and Maria Sharapova has set a new standard for
futility in finals.