World number three Maria Sharapova bounced back after losing the first set to beat sixth ranked Agnieszka Radwanska 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in her first round robin match at the BNP Paribas WTA Finals in Singapore on Sunday. Sharapova and Radwanska held their serves in the first eight games of the opening set to level the score at 4-4 but then the Polish player grabbed two straight games to win it 6-4.
The Russian raised the level of her game in the second set, racing to a 3-0 lead. Radwanska broke back in the seventh game to reduce the deficit to 3-4 but then Sharapova broker her again in the ninth game and served out the set to make it 6-4.
With the momentum on her side, Sharapova broke Radwanska’s serve in the third game and consolidated on it to go up 3-1. She broke her Polish opponent again in the seventh game to take a 5-2 lead. Radwanska pulled one break back in the next game and then held her serve to bring down the trail to 4-5.
Sharapova looked to be tumbling as she was down 15-40 on her serve in the tenth game but kept her composure to be able to hold her serve and win the decider 6-4. Sharapova fired eight aces but she also committed a horrible 12 double faults in the match.
She put in just 58 percent of the first serves, winning 68% of the points on them. Earlier in the other match of the Red Group, world number two and top seed Simona Halep thrashed US Open champion Flavia Pennetta in straight sets 6-0, 6-3.