Bencic faces Radwanska in final

Double junior Grand Slam winner Bencic advanced to the final after Caroline Wozniacki withdrew from their semi-final with back pains while Radwanska beat Sloane Stephens??6-1 6-7 (3-7) 6-2.

Wozniacki called for the trainer after the third game and, following consultations with the tournament doctor, decided to retire at 3-0 down.

However,??the former world No 1 said afterwards that she expects to be ready for Wimbledon:??”I’ve had a slight back problem the whole week, basically. Today it stiffened up more, and I felt like I couldn’t move the way I wanted to and felt pain.

“I felt really bad for the crowd and everyone who had come out, but there’s nothing really I could do about it.??

“For me now it’s all about just looking ahead to Wimbledon and to just get as much treatment as possible and be ready for my first round there.??I’m definitely planning on playing Wimbledon next week.”

Bencic was surprised at the sudden turn of events, with the 18-year-old saying she was more concerned about a minor knee problem she suffered during a fall on court the day before.

“This is definitely not the way I wanted to win, of course.” said the 2013 Roland Garros and Wimbledon junior champion. “I’m also a little bit disappointed we couldn’t play a proper semi-final.

“I didn’t know anything (about Wozniacki’s problem) before the match. Of course I also fell down a little bit yesterday, so I was more thinking of myself in that moment, so I didn’t notice anything what she had.

“My fall was little painful in the beginning, but I think it’s just a muscle a little bit stretched, but I think it’s normal thing with tennis players. I’m fine, I have a taping just for prevention.”

Radwanska, meanwhile, survived multiple momentum shifts in the wind against Stephens and saved 10 break points in two service games early in the match.

“I’m very happy to be in this final again,” said the 26-year-old, who will be??seeking her first title since last August. “It’s been a long time.??Today it was so tough with the wind. it’s the worst thing for payers, It was a struggle from start to finish.

“I had to fight for each ball because she was playing great. I had some chances in the second set but she was just too good in the important moments and I’m just glad to finish the match in three sets.”

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