WTA San Diego: Agnieszka Radwanska Slices Through Top Seed Vera Zvonareva In Mercury Insurance Open Final

No. 3 seed Agnieszka Radwanska notched one of the biggest titles of her career with over top-seeded Vera Zvonareva, winning 6-3, 6-4 in the final of the Mercury Insurance Open in San Diego, snapping the Russian's tennis-best win streak at nine.

Radwanska used her game of slicing and spins to perfection in the final, keeping Zvonareva off-balance throughout the match. Radwanska also used her serve exceptionally well, placing it tight in the corners of the box to negate its lack of velocity.

The Premier-level title matches the previous best of Radwanska's career (and also her most recent prior to this), her 2008 win on the grass of Eastbourne. But whereas Eastbourne is a tournament which players used entirely with an eye toward Wimbledon (which starts two days after Eastbourne ends), San Diego is a tournament that players theoretically enter with an eye on winning it.

Though the shoulder strapping Radwanska played with all week is hardly encouraging, this title could be a sign of Radwanska turning a corner. Radwanska split with her father (who had also been her coach) after their falling out during her loss to Maria Sharapova at the French Open, and seems to be in a better place mentally, emotionally, and tennis-wise without him.

Radwanska also moved past Serena Williams and into first place in the US Open Series standings with the San Diego title, which added to her quarterfinal run at Stanford to put her on top early on in the promotion.

Stay tuned to SB Nation's coverage of the 2011 US Open Series at SBNation.com as well as on Twitter, @DailyForehand .

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