WTA Miami: Timea Bacsinszky Battles Back To Upset Agnieszka Radwanska

Timea Bacsinszky fought back after a nightmare start to upset world number two Agnieszka Radwanska in the fourth round of the Miami Open 2-6, 6-4, 6-2. The Swiss had to overcome some great play from her Polish rival and some inconsistent play, but eventually settled into a rhythm late to reach the quarterfinals in just over two hours.

Radwanska Races Through Opening Set

After having a slow start to her opening match, Radwanska wanted to do better early in this round, and she managed just that. She pushed Bacsinszky in the Swiss’ first service game, forcing a deuce and then converting her first break point of the match at 40-AD to break for the immediate 2-0 lead, which she quickly extended to 3-0 after holding.

Radwanska plays a backhand. Photo: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images
Radwanska plays a backhand. Photo: Matthew Stockman/Getty Images

The 12th seed would have to fight through another deuce game just to get on the board at 3-1, but was still in trouble as she was making no inroads on the Pole’s serve whatsoever. The next three games went with serve, forcing Bacsinszky to serve to stay in the set at 2-5. However, Radwanska continued her strong returning and brought up a set point, which she converted to grab the opening set. The world number two only lost four points on her own serve in the first set.

Bacsinszky Hangs On to Force Decider

Radwanska appeared to carry her momentum over into the second set, as she had two chances to break Bacsinszky in the first game of the second set. However, the Swiss saved both. She then turned the tables on her Polish opponent, finally battling through a return game to reach break point. She converted her first break point of the match to grab the 2-0 lead.

After Radwanska held, the world number two raced ahead 0-40 on her opponents serve and seemed well on her way to levelling the set. However, Bacsinszky fought back, saving all three break points before holding serve. The tough hold only seemed to increase the Swiss’ momentum, as she grabbed two more break points in Radwanska’s next service game, converting her second for the double break lead.  

Radwanska had a glimmer of hope when she immediately reclaimed one of the breaks, but she could not consolidate and the 12th seed broke again for a 5-2 lead. Just when it seemed that Bacsinszky was well on her way to sending the match to a deciding set, the 3rd seed would break again, and this time she held to close the gap to 5-4. Serving for the set again, Bacsinszky had been broken twice in a row. But the third time was the charm for the Swiss, as she finally held on to send the match to a deciding set.

Strong Serve Sends Bacsinszky Into Quarters

Bacsinszky pumps her first. Photo: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images
Bacsinszky pumps her first. Photo: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

The second set battle gave Bacsinszky momentum going into the third set and, just like the second set, she broke Radwanska in the Pole’s first service game for the early lead. At 1-2, Radwanska pushed the 12th seed’s serve, but could not reach break point. That’s when Bacsinszky’s serve took over. The roles were reversed from the first set, as now it was the world number two who could not get anything going in her return games.

The momentum was firmly in the Swiss’ corner as the third set progressed, and she broke again at 4-2 to give herself an opportunity to serve out the match. Unlike in the second set, when she struggled in the most important game, Bacsinszky served out the match, wrapping up the comeback upset 2-6, 6-4, 6-2.

By the Numbers

Both women held seven break point opportunities, with Bacsinszky converting three of her chances to Radwanska’s two. Their service numbers were also very similar, with Bacsinszky holding the first serve points won edge, 63% to 60%, while Radwanska was stronger on second serve, 52% to 40%. There was very little to decide between the two women. In the end, the Swiss only won one more point than the world number two. But she won the key points in the right moments. She will face Simona Halep in the quarterfinals.