TOKYO (AP) Swiss teenager Belinda Bencic cruised past top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki 6-2, 6-4 Saturday to set up a Toray Pan-Pacific Open final against Agnieszka Radwanska.
The eighth-seeded Bencic had beaten Wozniacki in all three of their previous meetings this year and broke in the first game of the match to set the tone against the Dane, last year’s runner-up in this event. The 18-year-old Bencic is looking for her third title of a breakthrough season, having beaten Radwanska for her first career trophy in Eastbourne in June.
If she wins again on Sunday, she’ll break into the top 10 in the rankings for the first time.
”I have already reached a better result than I could ever have imagined, so I can enjoy tomorrow,” said Bencic, who also won the Rogers Cup in Toronto after beating Serena Williams in the semifinals.
Wozniacki said she was still tired after tough three-setter against Angelique Kerber on Friday that lasted more than two hours.
”I felt like the match yesterday took a lot out of me and I didn’t play well enough today,” she said.
Radwanska beat Dominika Cibulkova, of Slovakia 6-4, 6-1 in the second semifinal after rallying from 4-2 down in the first set.
Cibulkova made a slew of errors in the second set as she tried to force the pace of baseline rallies to disrupt the Pole’s game.
”I think maybe she didn’t have that much patience in the second set as in the first set,” said Radwanska, the 2011 Toray Pan-Pacific champion. ”I also felt I was hitting the ball better, keeping it lower.”
Now she gets another chance to beat Bencic in a final, but is well aware of the teenager’s qualities.
”This is the girl who can do everything on court, and it’s very hard to find a weakness. She’s very young, but she’s playing like a very experienced player,” Radwanska said.