Unfortunately, following the semis of the 2015 WTA Finals, some other obligations pulled me away from blogging. But even though this is almost a week belated, I cannot pass up the opportunity to offer warm congratulations to Agnieszka Radwanska for winning the biggest title of her career. Not only did she go through top seed Simona Halep, this year’s Wimbledon runner-up Garbine Muguruza and 2011 WTA Finals champion Petra Kvitova in her final three matches in Singapore, she did so by diffusing power with her seemingly endless array of deft, crafty…darn near magical…shot-making. So skilled was Aga that fans and commentators alike were using titles like “Ninja Aga” and “Jedi Radwanska” to describe how she was slicing through the competition. The question going forward is whether she can fill in the missing piece on her resume, winning a Major. She benefitted from the round robin format in Singapore, winning the title despite losing twice in round robin play. Hey, that’s not her problem. If people don’t like that a two loss player won the championship (which would have been the case even if Petra had won the final), then change the format. I’ve heard a lot of griping from pundits and fans over the last few days. Too bad. She turned it on when it was necessary in the semifinals and final. But in a Major, like most other tournaments, it’s one and done. You lose, you go home. To date, she has not been able to get through 7 straight matches at a Major without falling. Maybe this title at the WTA Finals gives her an extra confidence boost that she can use to attain the mantle of a Major winner.
I’d also like to take a moment to offer another belated congratulations to Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza for their doubles title at the 2015 WTA Finals. When Hingis decided to make a doubles comeback, I thought she could be successful but not like this. She’s back at #1 in doubles as a team with Sania, having won 10 titles this year. 9 of those titles were with Mirza. The other title was with Sabine Lisicki. The 2015 WTA Finals crown marked Hingis’ 50th career women’s doubles title to go along with 43 singles titles. 93 titles! I’m not even counting her mixed doubles titles. She has a chance to get to the 120 career titles area. This is one of the greatest careers we’ve ever seen. It’s like she never really left. She just took a couple of years off here and there. Don’t call it a comeback!
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SINGLES CHAMPION: AGNIESZKA RADWANSKA
DOUBLES CHAMPIONS: MARTINA HINGIS & SANIA MIRZA