|RADWANSKA CAPTURES 2016 SHENZHEN OPEN CROWN, SET TO RECEIVE FOURTH SEED AT AUSTRALIAN OPEN
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Tradition prevailed at the 2016 Shenzhen Open, the first seed lifting the singles trophy for the fourth year of the tournament’s four-year existence: Agnieszka Radwanska crowned the 2016 singles champion after a 6-3, 6-2 win over American Alison Riske, a contest brimming with thrilling rallies swelling up into tense games.
Fans ringed the stadium as she withstood an aggressive Riske, who went toe-to-toe with Radwanska until she got broken at 3-4 in the first set. After nearly 40 minutes of play, Radwanska served out the first set.
With Riske facing one of the best players in the world — Radwanska the winner of the 2015 WTA Finals — the American clearly adopted a go-for-broke strategy, determined to use every inch of the court and fire for the lines with astonishing aplomb. Riske was able to disguise her shots well, hitting surprising changes of direction that caught Radwanska flat-footed, enabling her to threaten Radwanska’s serve — even orchestrating two break points, though she couldn’t convert — Radwanska’s favorite way to hold was by punctuating the game with one or more emphatic aces, ultimately riding nine aces to victory.