Konta sets up second final match-up against Radwanska in Sydney

Johanna Konta

Johanna Konta overpowered Agnieszka Radwanska 6-4 6-2 in a one-sided victory in the final of the Sydney International on Friday to claim only her second career WTA title.

In men's play at Sydney, Gilles Muller beat second-seeded Pablo Cuevas 7-6 (5), 6-4 to advance to the semifinals against two-time defending champion Viktor Troicki.

Konta triumphed 6-4 6-2 against the Pole to claim only the second WTA title of her career, giving her the ideal platform heading into next week's Australian Open.

It crowned an outstanding week for the British star after she accounted for Arina Rodionova, Daria Gavrilova, Daria Kasatkina and Eugenie Bouchard to reach the final.

But Konta showed no sign of nerves in only her third tour final, breezing through to victory with a stunning display of her form ahead of next week's Australian Open.

"Everything's impressed me about her". Konta told BT Sport, reported by ITV.

"She was just playing unbelievable tennis from the beginning 'til the end", Radwanska said.

"The thing is going into any match against Aga-I've played her twice before-I knew it had to be nothing short of what it was today if I was going to have a chance of coming through", Konta said.

It was a timely reminder from Konta of how hard she's worked since becoming the first British woman to reach a grand-slam semi in 33 years.

While Sock allowed only four break points in three sets and saved two, Chardy conceded 25 and saved 21 in a match in which he was often under pressure.

Radswanska actually won the first six points of the match, but she was soon being pushed off the baseline by the depth of her opponent's drives.

Lleyton Hewitt and Pete Sampras have won back-to-back titles in Sydney but no-one has lifted the Sydney trophy in three consecutive years since Australian John Bromwich from 1937-40.

"She is a strong player, but by no means the most powerful: her success has stemmed from doing the basics to an exceptionally high level in highly pressurised situations".

The 30-year-old former tennis coach works for technology company Hawk-Eye, and has been credited by Konta as a large influence in helping her develop her game.

The Canadian lost to last year's surprise French Open quarterfinalist Shelby Rogers in the first round in Brisbane and Konta lost to eventual champion Katerina Siniakova in the semifinals in Shenzhen.

"I'd like to think that I've become a bit wiser, a bit more resilient, and a bit more experienced with situations".

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