(January 5, 2013) No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland became the first tournament champion of 2013 by winning the ASB Classic in Auckland for her 11th career WTA singles title, defeating Belgium’s Yanina Wickmayer 6-4, 6-4.
“I’m very, very happy. I couldn’t have asked for a better way to start the year,” Radwanska said. “It’s the perfect preparation for the Australian Open.
“I had to fight for every ball. She is a great fighter.”
Wickmayer was in her third Auckland final.
“I’m disappointed but I left my heart and soul on court,” Wickmayer said on court after the match. “I was trying to be as aggressive as I could but it wasn’t enough today. I have to congratulate Agnieszka.”
Radwanska pocketed the winner’s check for $37,000.
In the doubles final, Cara Black and Anastasia Rodionova came back from a set down to gain a 6-2 2-6 10-5 win against Julia Goerges and Yaroslava Shvedova. This was Black’s first WTA tour level event since returning to the tour after having a child.
Auckland, New Zealand
December 31, 2012-January 5, 2013
Results – Saturday, January 5, 2013
Singles – Final
(1) Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) d. (3) Yanina Wickmayer (BEL) 64 64
Doubles – Final
Black/Rodionova (ZIM/AUS) d. (1) Goerges/Shvedova (GER/KAZ) 26 62 105 (Match TB)