Agnieszka Radwanska captured her first title of the season when she defeated Venus Williams 6-4, 6-2, in the final of the Rogers Cup at the Stade Uniprix in Montreal.
Former world number one and seven-time Grand Slam champion Williams, a surprise semi-final winner over her sister Serena, was appearing in her third final of the year after losing to Ana Ivanovic in Auckland and winning in Dubai earlier in the season.
The consistent Radwanska eased through to her second final of the year, although she was still searching for her first title of the year after losing to Flavia Pennetta in the final at Indian Wells.
Power vs finesse
The opening exchanges set the tone of the match in what was going to be a battle between the power of the aging Williams, against the guile and finesse of the 25-year old Pole.
Radwanska raced into a 4-1 lead, Williams appearing to struggle following the three-set battle with her sister the day before, and despite showcasing some of the form that saw the American reach number one in the world 12-years ago, Radwanska's relentless ability to return the ball from the baseline and change the direction of play slowly wore down her opponent as she took the first set 6-4.
The Pole began the second set by breaking the American again, to assume control and eventually win it 6-2 to seal her 14th career title; a satisfying result for the third-seed after reaching the semi-finals on two previous occasions.
After her win Radwanska struggled to conceal her delight, telling the media: "One of my biggest title.
"As you can see in the draw had pretty all top players. So very, very special title for me.
"I think she played great tennis whole week, playing and beating a lot of good players on the way to the final.
"I think I even happier to beat Venus when she's really on fire."
Williams was bidding to become the oldest champion at the Rogers Cup, the record still belonging to Martina Navratilova, when she triumphed in 1989 just short of her 33rd birthday.
Highlights Rogers Cup final 2014, Radwanska v Williams
Despite not having enough in the tank, Williams showed she is approaching her best form again with wins over her sister, Angelique Kerber and Carla Suarez Navarro on her way to the final and few would argue that she will be a threat at Flushing Meadows if she can transform her Montreal form into the final Grand Slam of the year in a few weeks time, a tournament she has titled at on two-occasions.
"It's been a really long week, I played like six matches in a row," said Williams.
"Against her you really have to be patient."I just fell a little short today. I wanted to give more but I just didn't have it.
"I really would like to think under circumstances where I could give everything I have, that the results could have been a little different."She just was a little too good today."
For Radwanska, the win was much needed after a difficult few months and another decent run in Cincinnati this week will be a timely boost for the 25-year old ahead of the US Open.
Radwanska's win was the 10th of her career on the hard-court surface and she collected $467,300 for her efforts, while Venus grabbed $227,000 for finishing runner-up.
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