ISTANBUL May 24 Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska
beat defending champion and top seed Elena Dementieva 6-3 6-2 to
win the Istanbul Cup on Saturday.
Russian Dementieva started strongly, forcing a
nervous-looking Radwanska to commit several errors, but the
19-year-old Polish second seed soon hit her stride after several
wide shots from Dementieva.
Dementieva, who is seeded seventh in the French Open which
starts on Sunday, looked frustrated as the second set drew to an
end, hitting the ball into the net on the final point.
"I was nervous in the beginning and even in my warm up, but
I was trying to play my game and I had a good match today," said
Radwanska, who reached the Australian Open quarter-finals in
January after beating second seed Svetlana Kuznetsova en route.
The winner's cheque of $30,500 allowed Radwanska, the world
number 15, to become the first Polish player on the WTA Tour to
pass $1 million in career earnings.
(Reporting by Thomas Grove, Editing by Clare Fallon)