Hampton wanted piece of Radwanska

by: Matt Cronin June 19, 2013

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Jamie Hampton, who reached the fourth round of Roland Garros two weeks ago, continues her fine play,  upsetting No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska, 7-6 (2), 6-2, in the first round and then beating Su-Wei Hsieh, 6-4, 7-6 (2), today to reach the Eastbourne quarterfinals.

Hampton, who qualified for Eastbourne, will play Lucie Safarova for a spot in the semifinals. Hampton upset Safarova, 9-7 in the third set at the French Open. After making the main draw, Hampton says she had the top-seeded Radwanska on her mind.

“I told my coach that I want to play Radwanska,” Hampton told SI.com. “I hope I draw her because we have never played on grass and she’s beaten me the last four times. I want to have the opportunity to play her again and make sure I come out on top.”

The 23-year old American is currently ranked a career-high No. 41 and believes that grass is a good fit for her game.

"Last year at Wimbledon was my first match [on grass], and everyone told me, ‘You’re going to have a ton of fun on grass. Your game translates well. You’re going to be able to come forward and take balls out of the air,'” Hampton said. “It turns out everyone was right.”

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