STANFORD, Calif. (www.mubadalasvc.com) – Agnieszka Radwanska looked every bit like a tournament No. 1 seed and the world’s No. 4-ranked player on Saturday night, breezing to a 6-3, 6-2 victory over American upstart Jamie Hampton in the semifinal of the Bank of the West Classic.
Radwanska, seeking her 13th career singles title overall and third this year, dispatched the fourth-seeded Hampton in her most convincing performance of the week. After surviving a three-setter last night against sixth-seeded Varvara Lepchenko, Radwanska needed only one hour and 11 minutes to defeat the 23-year-old Hampton, who was making her fourth WTA semifinal appearance this year and participating in her first tour event as a seeded player.
Radwanska improved to 5-1 all-time against Hampton, including three victories this year.
Trailing 3-2 in the first set, Radwanska put her foot on the gas pedal and responded with four straight games to take control of the match. Hampton collected the first game of the second set, only to see Radwanska win the next five games and secure the match by holding serve.
The 24-year-old Radwanska, who is making her fourth appearance at the Bank of the West Classic, will face Dominika Cibulkova in Sunday’s 2 p.m. PT final. Cibulkova is seeded No. 3 in the tournament and ranked No. 25 in the world.
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