Radwanska wins WTA title in Shenzen

Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska has celebrated her rise to No.4 in the world rankings with a 6-3 6-2 thumping of Alison Riske in the Shenzhen Open final on Saturday for her 18th WTA career title.

Radwanska had ensured she will replace Russian Maria Sharapova in Monday’s rankings by reaching the final of the tournament in China and backed that up with a routine victory over her American opponent.

The Pole did not drop a set in her run to the title and Saturday’s triumph will increase her confidence ahead of the Australian Open, which gets underway in Melbourne on January 18, after a spectacular end to last season.

Radwanska showed steady improvement throughout 2015, winning titles in Tokyo and Tianjin before she claimed her first WTA Finals championship in Singapore last November, when she overcame Petra Kvitova in three sets.

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