Radwanska outlasts Pavlyuchenkova to claim Korea Open crown

7:19 AM, Sep 22, 2013   |    comments
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Seoul, Korea (Sports Network) - Top seed and world No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska rallied past Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the final at the Korea Open on Sunday.

The Polish Radwanska dropped the first set to the third-seeded Pavlyuchenkova, but bounced back to take a 6-7 (6-8), 6-3, 6-4 triumph on the hardcourts at Seoul Olympic Park Tennis Center.

Radwanska claimed her third WTA title of the year and 13th of her career while improving to 3-1 all-time against Pavlyuchenkova, who was searching for her third title of the season.

"It's tough losing this match after fighting so long and coming so close," said Pavlyuchenkova.

Pavlyuchenkova saved four set points to force a tiebreaker in the first set, but Radwanska won the first three games of the second set and didn't drop serve the rest of the way. She broke Pavlyuchenkova in the final game to win the match.

"It was a very close match -- tight sets, all of them -- but I was just a little bit better in the important moments today," said Radwanska. "And at the end of the third set I think I was playing a little bit more aggressively than she was, and I managed to win a couple more points than her in the end."

Radwanska, who took home $112,467 for her first-place finish, hadn't won a tournament since taking the first two events of the year in Auckland and Sydney.

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