2013 Wimbledon Profile: Agnieszka Radwanska

by: Tennis.com June 21, 2013

She hits flat, plays plenty of slice, and doesn’t lose to many players ranked below her: It’s no wonder that Radwanska did so well on Wimbledon’s lawns last year and reached the final. It was still a surprise, however, that she was able to take Serena Williams to three sets once she got there. But that speaks to the uniquely powerful, if not overpowering, game that Radwanska possesses. It also speaks to her chances here this year, which are good, even if she hasn’t won a title since January. The big question will be if she’s ready to take the next step, which at her level is the hardest one to take. Case in point: Radwanska has lost her last seven matches against Top 5 players. In this top-heavy season, she can expect to be joined by Serena, Maria Sharapova, and Victoria Azarenka in the later rounds. We’ll see what happens next.

Why She’ll Win:
Her abilities on grass give everyone trouble, including the undisputed favorite, Serena. If Radwanska plays like she did last year, it will take a near-perfect effort, even from you-know-who, to beat her.

Why She Won’t:
Still susceptible to being overwhelmed by powerful players, the Pole should expect early-round resistance. Such a player might not be able to ride a hot hand for a fortnight, but for two sets?

Bottom Line:
Few will be surprised if Radwanska returns to the final, but a first-week flame-out wouldn’t be stop-the-press news, either. Not as consistent as Serena, Maria or Vika, she’s the biggest wild card of the upper crust.

 

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