• Kyodo


Agnieszka Radwanska finished off her stellar week in Tokyo by beating Belinda Bencic 6-2, 6-2 in the final of the Pan Pacific Open at Ariake Colosseum on Sunday.

Radwanska was imperious in taking her 15th career victory, and second in Tokyo, giving up just two break point opportunities in her straight-sets victory.

“I played my best tennis today, this is the first tournament I have won twice,” said the Pole, who moves up to world No. 8 after the win. “This is very special for me.

“I think we all are playing to be one of the best in the world, if not first (rank) then at least it is top 10. I’m so happy to be in the top 10.

“I knew I was playing one of the best players in the world, but this is the final so you need to do your best.”

After dominating the first set, Radwanska looked like she would run away with the match when she broke Bencic’s first two service games of the second to go up 4-0. But Bencic showed much grit to fight her way to two more game wins before eventually dropping her service at 5-2 to lose the set, and the match.

The 18-year-old Bencic, who was ranked 15th in the world coming into Tokyo, missed the opportunity to break into the world top 10, something she would have achieved had she won the Tokyo final. But the future is bright for the young Swiss, who will now sit at 14 in the world.

“She was just too good in the final,” said Bencic after the match. “I enjoy watching her play, but it is not so fun to play (against) her. She made me run a lot.

“I think I showed that I belong with the best players, it was a great week for me.”

After finishing the Tokyo final with 28 winners, 17 coming in the first set, Radwanska is already looking ahead to the end-of-year championship.

“I’m very happy to be in the top 10 with two months to go, I hope I can go higher,” said Radwanska.

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