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Brussels Women's Saturday Summary
Singles - Final: (1) Agnieszka Radwanska def. Simona Halep 7-5 6-0
We can think of only one significant thing to say about this, and that is that it took only 84 minutes. Agnieszka Radwanska's previous match took 111. Her quarterfinal took 70. Her opener 56. So her grand total time on the court in this event was less than five and a half hours. At least she won't be too tired in Paris.
But she gained absolutely nothing. #3 she came in, and #3 she remains, and not even a particularly strong #3. She does at least earn her third title of the year, following Dubai and Miami. She doesn't really seem like a Slam contender at present, but she is clearly a contender just about everywhere else....
Simona Halep, unlike Radwanska, moves dramatically. We show her rising from #49 to #37. But she must be getting frustrated. She has three career finals -- Fes 2010, Fes 2011, now Brussels 2012. This is the biggest result of her career. But still no titles....
Doubles - Final: (4) Mattek-Sands/Mirza def. (3) Rosolska/Zheng 6-3 6-2
That must be a big relief. Sania Mirza won a doubles title as recently as February (Pattaya City, with Rodionova), but that was an International. The one before that was Washington 2011 (with Shvedova), also an International. This is her first Premier title since she won Charleston 2011 with Vesnina. It was starting to look as if she had really lost something. Maybe she just needed the right partner.
And Bethanie Mattek-Sands, presumably, just needed time. This is her first title since she and Meghann Shaughnessy won Paris 2011.