Tennis: Rusty Sharapova puts away Radwanska in WTA Finals


After months of frustration brought by injuries and not being able to complete a match, Maria Sharapova is back on the winning track.

The Russian tennis star won her first complete match since exiting Wimbledon via a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory over Agnieszka Radwanska at the WTA Finals on Sunday in Singapore.

Sharapova took a long break after the Wimbledon semifinals until the recent Wuhan tournament held in China due to a foot injury.

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She retired in the third set of her first match in Wuhan citing a left wrist injury.

The third-seeded Sharapova was groping for form from the lack of play and needed two hours and 47 minutes to put away the fifth-seeded Radwanska.

Even her serve as erratic and while she unleashed eight aces, she also double-faulted in 12 instances.

The win is Sharapova’s 13th in 15 matches against Radwanska. It was also the third time they engaged each other in a marathong face-off at the season-ending tournament.

It could serve as a good warm-up for the world number three as she aims to take backthe title she won as a 17-year-old. Top-ranked Serena Williams has opted not to defend her title.

Back in 2012 and 2014, Sharapova also posted a win over Radwanska in a three-set, three-hour plus battle in the same tournament.

Sharapova bagged the WTA Finals championship in her debut in the tournament in 2004. She also managed to advance to the final round in 2007 and 2012.

Her appearance in the season-ender was paved by her consistent performance during the first half of the season. She’s won two titles, at Brisbane and Rome, and lost in the Australian Open final to Serena Williams.

In another match, top-seed Simona Halep, last year’s WTA Finals runner-up, blasted reigning US Open champion Flavia Pennetta, 6-0, 6-3.

The Romanian saved both break points she faced in the second set and broke Pennetta’s serve four times.

Pennetta, who qualified for the tournament only last week, had beaten Halep the last time they played in the U.S. Open semifinals