Radwanska ends Poland's long wait for a finalist
AGNIESZKA Radwanska ended Poland's 75-year wait for a Wimbledon singles finalist as she crushed Angelique Kerber's title hopes.
Radwanska triumphed 6-3, 6-4 on Centre Court and will face Serena Williams in tomorrow's final.
Jadwiga Jedrzejowska was a Wimbledon runner-up for Poland in 1937. But world number three Radwanska is Poland's first grand slam singles finalist in the open era, which began in 1968, and it was her defence which was key in fending off Kerber.
The German started well with an early break and the 24-year-old led 3-1 in the opener, but Radwanska's greater consistency then outstripped the German's attacking ploys.
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Hard-hitting left-hander Kerber had taken out Kim Clijsters and Sabine Lisicki in the earlier rounds, and her bold shots were landing where she planned initially.
If that had continued, Radwanska, pictured, may have struggled, but Kerber became inconsistent.
"I played really well today," said Radwanska. "I think we were both a little nervous at the beginning.
"This is what I was dreaming of since I was a kid. It's everyone's dream to play tennis in a grand slam final."
Radwanska was looking to firstly reach the final and then go one step further than her late compatriot Jedrzejowska, who died in 1980.
Kerber made Radwanska serve for the match at 5-4 in the second set, but the 23-year-old did not falter.
A crunching backhand winner from Kerber gave the German the first point, but Radwanska snagged the next three to bring up two match points. And after another long rally, Kerber lofted a sliced backhand into the tramlines to spark a jump for joy from her opponent.