Tennis - After an early loss in Madrid, world no. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska was hoping to gain some momentum with a good showing in Rome before she heads into the French Open. But the world no. 4 lost erly for the second straight week as she was beaten by Romanian youngster Simona Halep in three sets in the second round of the WTA Italian Open in Rome on Tuesday.
Halep won 67(2) 61 62 for her first win over the Pole in four career meetings. Speaking after her win. Halep commented, "It was an incredible match for me. The first set was difficult - I just wanted to hit the ball very strong, but it wasn't working too well.
From the second set I was playing much more tactically and it worked better. She's a top player and plays very well so I'm very happy to win." This is Halep's biggest win in terms of rankings so far in her career.
Meanwhile, eighth seed Petra Kvitova survived a tough second round with German Sabine Lisicki. The Czech player came from 1-3 behind in the final set to win 64 06 75. Kvitova commented after her win. "In the beginning of the second set I hit a really easy ball into the net in the first game, and I think I was thinking about it too much - I couldn't stop thinking about it.
Sabine was serving very well in the second set and not making any mistakes, so it was really tough for me, but in the third I was really fighting hard and believing in myself. Fortunately I broke back and got back into it and won.
Kvitova is now through to the third round after getting a bye in the first round..