Moments ago, Agnieszka Radwanska broke down Maria Sharapova to win 6-4, 1-6, 6-2, knocking the US Open womens defending champion out of the competition.
In the first set we saw a bit of a tussle for control between the two, however 18 year old Radwanska came out on top to take the set 6-4. However in the second set, Sharapova managed to bounce back, and aided by her huge forehand fought back to a 6-1 win. She kept her game face in the third set until she was 2-0 games up, when the young Pole broke back to 2-1. From here on in Radwanksa was in complete control of the match; she held every serve and broke the Russian a further 2 times to book herself a spot in the 4th round.
Throughout the match, Radwanksa repeatedly made Maria Sharapova produce a lot of errors, through Sharapovas ghastly second serve and Radwanskas rigid mental strength. During the 2 hour match, Sharapova produced 12 double faults (which were always at precarious times) and 49 unforced errors, purely due to pressure from Radvanska. Her serve wasn’t up to scratch, and we didn’t see enough of her big forehand.
You would think that being up against one of the WTA’s most intimidating women, a youngster and underdog like Radwanska would eventually fold under the pressure. However in the past year or so, the Pole has beaten the likes of Venus Williams and Martina Hingis. Despite faltering in the second set, Radwanksa managed to remain composed and comfortable in her highly daunting surroundings. In the final set she showed a real fighting spirit, and held her nerve to come back from a 2-0 deficit against the WTA’s biggest star.
In the fourth round, Radwanska will face either Nicole Vaidisova or Shahar Peer, the 13th or 18th seeds respectively.