Sydney - Britain's
world No 10 Johanna Konta dominated the third-ranked Agnieszka
Radwanska to win her second WTA Tour title in the Sydney International
final on Friday.
Konta capped an impressive week and an ideal build-up to next week's
Australian Open in Melbourne with a 6-4, 6-2 win over the Polish second
seed in one hour 20 minutes.
It was 25-year-old Konta's second career WTA Tour victory after
winning in Stanford last year and she became the first British woman
since Jo Durie in 1983 to win in Sydney.
"I was born here in Sydney so this is a very special moment for me," Konta told the crowd at the presentation ceremony.
It was Konta’s first win over Radwanska, a victory that will lift her
to world No 9 when the new rankings are released on Monday.
"I'm just overall happy with how I was able to progress throughout this tournament," Konta said.
"I felt each match that I was playing I was thinking a little more
clearly and was getting that much more match-tight, as the saying is.
"But overall, very happy with the match I played today. I really felt
I definitely maintained a high level throughout and I made it very
difficult for her to do much today."
It crowned an outstanding week for the British star after she
accounted for Arina Rodionova, Daria Gavrilova, Daria Kasatkina and
Eugenie Bouchard to reach the final.
Konta ruthlessly attacked Radwanska's serve throughout the match, with the Pole doing well to save six of nine break points.
Konta went through her five matches without dropping a set.
"She was just playing unbelievable tennis from the beginning till the end," Radwanska said.
"And normally you're thinking that she can't play like this whole
match and it's gonna be even game or two that you can go forward because
she's gonna have some worse couple of games. But she didn't.
"Everything was coming better and better, each shot. I cannot be even
angry on myself, because I think I was even playing better than in
It was Radwanska’s only loss in her last seven WTA finals over an 18-month period.
Results from the sixth day of the ATP/WTA Tour Sydney International tennis tournament on Friday (x denotes seed):
Johanna Konta (GBR x6) bt Agnieszka Radwanska (POL x2) 6-4, 6-2
Gilles Muller (LUX x6) bt Viktor Troicki (SRB x3) 6-3, 7-6 (8/6)