Top seed Radwanska takes Korea Open tennis title

SEOUL, Sept. 22 (Yonhap) -- The top-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska claimed the KDB Korea Open tennis tournament here on Sunday, rallying to defeat the third-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in three sets.

In a taut final that lasted two hours and 45 minutes at Olympic Park Tennis Court, Radwanska, ranked No. 4 in the world, defeated the 32nd-ranked Pavlyuchenkova 6-7 (6), 6-3, 6-4, for her third WTA title of the season and 13th of her career.

The 24-year-old Polish athlete cashed in US$112,467 in the winner's check at the only WTA tournament held in South Korea each fall. Radwanska also beat Pavlyuchenkova at the U.S. Open last month and improved to 3-1 all-time against the Russian.

Radwanska won the first three games to charge out in front, but Pavlyuchenkova stormed back, saving four set points en route to taking the opening set in the tie-breaker.

In the second set, Radwanska regained control, breaking Pavlyuchenkova early to win 6-3.

Then leading 5-4 in the decisive set, Radwanska broke the Russian for one last time to win for the first time since January.

Radwanska joined Serena Williams, Simona Halep and Victoria Azarenka as WTA players with at least three wins in 2013.

"Especially after a great match, almost three hours of great tennis at a really high level, of course I'm very happy," Radwanska was quoted as saying on the WTA's website. "It was a very close match -- tight sets, all of them -- but I was just a little bit better in the important moments today."

Radwanska said she enjoyed Seoul during her first visit.

"Everything and everyone was great. It was nice to see the crowd getting bigger and bigger every day, and they really appreciated the tennis," she said. "I didn't see much of the city while I was here though. I arrived a little bit late and I was playing almost every day, and tonight I have a flight to Tokyo (for the next WTA event). But I think this is the reason I have to come back here again and see something other than the courts. I hope to be back next year."

This was the 10th edition of the Korea Open event. Past champions include Venus Williams, Maria Sharapova and Caroline Wozniacki, all former No. 1-ranked players.

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