MONTREAL — Agnieszka Radwanska beat Venus Williams 6-4, 6-2 on Sunday to win the Rogers Cup title.
The third-seeded Radwanska, the first Rogers Cup champion from Poland, picked up her first tournament victory of the year and the $441,000 winner’s prize. The 34-year-old Williams earned $220,000.
The 25-year-old Radwanska used her relentless baseline game to dominate a tired-looking Williams, who was coming off an emotional, three-set victory over her top-ranked sister Serena Williams in a semifinal on Saturday.
“I think I was playing much better every match,” Radwanska said. “I didn’t start that well from my first match, but every match was much better.
“That’s why I think I’m sitting right here now with you (reporters). I was feeling the balls much better.”
Radwanska, ranked fifth in the world to Williams’ 26th, posted her first Rogers Cup win after twice reaching the semifinals. It was her first tournament victory since 2013 at Seoul.
The Krakow, Poland native shot off to a 4-1 lead, but Williams answered with a break that had the fans on their feet. Radwanska hit a drop shot, Williams dropped back, Radwanska hit a lob and Williams got back in time to win the point with a cross-court smash.
Radwanska settled back in to finish the set and opened the second with a service break. After Williams broke to tie it at 2-2, she gave the break to Radwanska with a pair of double faults. Radwanska cruised the rest of the way, punctuating her victory with an ace on match point.
Williams, a seven-time Grand Slam winner, had an excellent week that will put her back into the world top-20 starting Monday. It included wins over sixth-seeded Angelique Kerber and 14th-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro.
She fell short in her bid to become the event’s oldest champion. Martina Navratilova won 52 days short of her 33rd birthday in 1989.
“It’s been a really long week,” Williams said. “I played like six matches in a row.
“Against her, you really have to be patient. Today I just didn’t have everything to be patient and really work the point. I wanted to give more, but I just didn’t have it. It felt great to play so well this week. I really would like to think under circumstances where I could give everything I have, that the results could have been a little different.”
Organizers announced the tournament drew 181,996 spectators, topping the previous high of 175,000. Sales were boosted by the recent success of Eugenie Bouchard, but the Westmont, Quebec native lost her first match on Tuesday to Shelby Rogers.
Tsonga beats Federer for title: In Toronto, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga won the Rogers Cup on Sunday, beating second-seeded Roger Federer 7-5, 7-6 (3) for his fourth straight victory over a higher-seeded opponent.
The 13th-seeded Frenchman won his first ATP Tour title of the season and 11th overall. He beat top-ranked Novak Djokovic on Thursday, eighth-seeded Andy Murray on Friday and seventh-seeded Grigor Dimitrov on Saturday.
Tsonga improved to 5-11 against Federer.
Federer dropped to 2-5 in finals this season, with his victories coming in Dubai and Halle.
The Swiss star made several uncharacteristic errors and had a hard time with Tsonga’s powerful serve and ground strokes.
The first set was a rather choppy affair.
Both players made some unforced errors over the first few games, but each held serve. Tsonga struggled with his first serve midway through the set, though his spin-heavy second serve was effective.
The quality of the match picked up late in the set.
With Tsonga serving at 5-5, Federer showed his skills at the net with a deft drop shot that a Tsonga could not retrieve. The Frenchman held to put the pressure back on Federeer.
Federer struggled in the final game, spraying two shots long to fall behind 30-15. He pulled even with a winner, but was wide with a groundstroke that was unsuccessfully challenged, setting up the first break point opportunity of the set.
Federer launched a ball well long to give Tsonga the opening set in 44 minutes.
Tsonga kept the pressure on in the second set and had a break point chance with a 3-2 lead. Federer answered with an ace and fought back for the hold.
Tsonga then had a great chance with a 4-3 lead in the second set and a double-break point. However, Federer answered with two straight points to get to deuce. Tsonga had two more break point chances later in the game, but Federer saved them both and then held with an ace.
In the tiebreaker, Tsonga picked up a mini-break at 4-3 and took the next three points for the victory.
In the doubles final, Bruno Soares Alexander Peya topped Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Meloof 6-4, 6-3.