By Erik Gudris | Saturday, August 9, 2014
Agnieszka Radwanska ended her recent losing streak against Ekaterina Makarova to reach the Rogers Cup final in Montreal.
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No. 3 seed Agnieszka Radwanska reached her second WTA final of the year with a semifinal win at the Rogers Cup in Montreal.
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To get there, Radwanska needed to get past Russia's Ekaterina Makarova playing in the biggest WTA semifinal of her career. Makarova also entered this contest having beaten Radwanska in their last two meetings including at Wimbledon this year.
Both players stayed level throughout the opening set. Makarova fought off set points against her at 5-4 and 6-5 before forcing a tiebreak. Radwanska reeled off the first six points in the breaker before eventually sealing it 7-6(1).
The second set was also close and needed another tiebreak. Once again, Radwanska proved too good at the end as she closed out the 7-6(1), 7-6(3) win.
Radwanska struck only 14 unforced errors compared to over 43 from Makarova's racquet.
"I think it was a great match," Radwanska said. "Two hours of fighting and long rallies and tight games. I had to really run a lot to win that match because she's so good. I had to give 100% today."
The current World No. 5 now seeks her first title of the year. She previously lost in the Indian Wells final back in March to Flavia Pennetta.
Sunday will feature Venus Williams against Radwanska in the final. Williams seeks her second title of the season having won Dubai earlier. Williams leads the head-to-head 5 to 3 though Radwanska won their last meeting at Roland Garros back in 2012.