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Pennetta wins first match at WTA Finals stays in contention for semis

FLAVIA PENNETTA REGISTERED her first WTA finals win today after beating Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska 7-6(5), 6-4 in their round-robin match in Singapore. 

After going down to Romanian, Simona Halep in her first round-robin game, the Italian had to dig deep to ensure that she remained in contention for the semi-finals. The reigning US Open champion was back to her best against Radwanska and blasted 37 winners en-route to winning the match in one hour and 40 minutes.

A relieved Pennetta told wtatennis, 

"I tried to be really focused, tried to hit the ball hard, be aggressive and not give her too much time to do her job. I mean, she plays unbelievable, she can let you run for hours all over the court, so you need to be really aggressive with her."

"My serve helped me a lot today and helped me play the way I did today. Of course the key was to be really near to the baseline, not to give up much of the court and take advantage. It's my first time in the Finals as a singles player. It's really nice to play here, the court is nice and the crowd is amazing."

The Italian will play Russian Maria Sharapova in her final round-robin match on Thursday. 

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