PERTH (Reuters) – Agnieszka Radwanska showed why she should be considered among the favourites for the Australian Open later this month by beating world number one Serena Williams in the final of the Hopman Cup in Perth on Saturday.
The Polish world number five claimed a 6-4 6-7 (3) 6-1 win to put her country 1-0 up in the mixed team event.
Jerzy Janowicz is next on court against American John Isner able to seal the title with victory prior to the mixed doubles later on Saturday.
“When I go and play against her, you have nothing really to lose, she is number one in the world and a great champion,” Radwanska told reporters of her beaten foe.
Radwanska’s first victory over Williams in nine meetings comes after she signed up former American great Martina Navratilova as a coach.
Williams, who also lost to Eugenie Bouchard of Canada earlier this week in the round robin, could have done with some advice from the 18-times grand slam singles champion after struggling in the opening set.
The American’s forehand was particularly troublesome, contributing to many of her 28 unforced errors as she was broken twice early on to fall 4-1 behind before losing out 6-4.