At first glance, you would think that Agnieszka Radwanska’s game would be perfectly suited to clay. She’s consistent, she retrieves brilliantly, she uses the whole court, and she can run all day. But what many don’t realize about the surface is that it also requires you to hit shots that are heavy and powerful enough to penetrate through the slow court—that’s one of the reasons why Rafael Nadal has seven French Opens and Lleyton Hewitt has none. Radwanska, like Hewitt, doesn’t hit a heavy ball and, like him, she has had her best results on faster surfaces that give her shots some help. Aga may struggle even more this year in Paris: The remnants of a shoulder injury kept her from winning a match in Madrid and Rome.
What to Like:
Radwanska would need help to make it all the way—someone else knocking off Serena, Maria and especially Vika, her nemesis, would be nice. But she has been to the second week at Roland Garros, and she’s too consistent and cunning not to make a strong run on clay at some point.
What Not to Like:
Aga is 0-5 against Serena Williams and has lost seven straight to Victoria Azarenka. And those aren’t the only players she’s struggling against the moment: Radwanska went out to No. 35 Laura Robson in Madrid, and No. 44 Simona Halep in Rome.
What to Expect:
Radwanska is too consistent and too good not to go deep at Roland Garros someday, but with a shoulder problem lingering, it probably won’t happen this year.
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