Indian Wells 2014: Pennetta beats injured Radwanska to win title
Indian Wells 2014: Flavia Pennetta breezes past the injured Agnieszka Radwanska to win her first WTA title for two years
Flavia Pennetta breezed past the injured Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2 6-1 to win the Indian Wells title.
The 32-year-old Italian capitalised after the Pole suffered a knee injury that required a lengthy medical time-out in the second set.
This is the moment I’ve always been waiting for
Pennetta, the 20th seed, wrapped it up with six games in a row after an hour and 13 minutes to win her first WTA title for two years and move her up to 12th in the new rankings.
“After so many years and so much work, this is the moment I’ve always been waiting for,” Pennetta said.
“And it’s coming when you don’t expect it, because in the beginning of the week I never expected to be the champion or to be in the final or semi-final.”
Radwanska, meanwhile, looked for the positives despite the disappointment of her defeat.
“The disappointing feeling always comes first, especially when you really, really have ambition to win the tournament,” said Radwanska.
“Of course, still good two weeks. First final here. Big event. And still good result. But it’s always disappointing that I really couldn’t play my 100 per cent today.”