Radwanska squeaks by Makarova, will face Venus in final

Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) hits a backhand against Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) on day six of the Rogers...

Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) hits a backhand against Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) on day six of the Rogers Cup tennis tournament at Uniprix Stadium on Aug 9, 2014 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Eric Bolte/USA TODAY Sports)

Dave Kaufman, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:00 AM ET

Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska defeated Russian Ekaterina Makarova 7-6(1), 7-6(3) in the semi final of the Rogers Cup on Saturday evening in Montreal. She will now face Venus Williams in the final on Sunday afternoon.

The first set was incredibly even handed, with Radwanska winning 7-6(1). There were long rallies, and both Radwanska and Makarova held serve throughout the set, then Radwanska dominated the tiebreaker, 7-1.

Radwanska, who is known on the tour as one of the best scramblers on the court, jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the second set before Makarova rattled off back-to-back-to-back games to go up 4-3. The players continued to trade games until the tiebreak, when Radwanska once again dominated, 7-3, giving her the match.

Radwanska said that when she plays tie-breakers, she tries to get into “double focus” mode, and in perhaps the understatement of the tournament said that she “started really well in both of them.”


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