MONTREAL - Agnieszka Radwanska is the first Polish woman to win a WTA title, the first to crack the top 10 and the first from her country to defeat a world No. 1.
Now she's the first Polish woman to win the Rogers Cup.
The 25-year-old native of Krakow was efficient and consistent in defeating veteran Venus Williams 6-4, 6-2 to win her first title of the year and the $441,000 prize that comes with it.
"I've been trying to win here for years, so I finally did it," said Radwanska, who fell short in the Rogers Cup semifinals last year and in 2011.
The compactly-built world No. 5 hit well-placed, deep baseline shots and made few unforced errors, showing great mobility in chasing down balls.
She jumped on Williams right from the start, breaking the veteran in the second and fifth games to go up 4-1.
Williams pressured Radwanska's serve valiantly in Game 6, pushing her to two break points before hitting a smash that closed the gap to 4-2.