Tennis: Radwanska beats Kvitova to win 2015 WTA Finals singles crown

Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland kisses her trophy after defeating Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic in their women's singles finals tennis match of the WTA Finals at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Nov 1, 2015.
Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland kisses her trophy after defeating Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic in their women's singles finals tennis match of the WTA Finals at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Nov 1, 2015.PHOTO: REUTERS
Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland hitting a shot to Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic during their singles final match of the BNP Paribas WTA Finals, at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Nov 1, 2015.
Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland hitting a shot to Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic during their singles final match of the BNP Paribas WTA Finals, at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Nov 1, 2015.PHOTO: EPA
Agnieszka Radwanska crying after she won the women's singles final at the WTA Finals at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Nov 1, 2015.
Agnieszka Radwanska crying after she won the women's singles final at the WTA Finals at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Nov 1, 2015.ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN
Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska (left) greeting the Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova after defeating her during the women's singles finals tennis match at the WTA Finals in Singapore on Nov 1, 2015.
Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska (left) greeting the Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova after defeating her during the women's singles finals tennis match at the WTA Finals in Singapore on Nov 1, 2015. PHOTO: AFP

SINGAPORE - Agnieszka Radwanska captured the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global on Sunday evening with a tense three-set 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 victory over Petra Kvitova.

Ranked sixth in the world, it was the 26-year-old Pole's first title at the prestigious US$7 million (S$9.81 million) season-finale held at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

Radwanska had begun the tournament with two losses in the round-robin stage but qualified for the knockout round.

In the semi-finals against second seed and Wimbledon finalist Garbine Muguruza, she stunned the Spaniard to advance to the championship match.

Against the more powerful Kvitova, ranked fifth in the world and the 2011 champion, Radwanska again relied on her shot-making skills and defensive game to claim the biggest victory of her career.

Tearing up as she spoke, Radwanska said: "It's an incredible moment for me. I didn't even know if I was going to be here.

"There were a lot of up and downs in the match but in the key moments I was doing the right thing.

"Doesn't matter how I won, just that I did. This means everything to me."