Radwanska, refreshed and newly married: 'Tennis is still the priority'

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It's been a difficult season for the world No. 10, but things are looking up. (AP)

Agnieszka Radwanska is back on tour for the first time since her recent wedding, a highlight in what has been a lackluster season for the 10th-ranked player.

"It was obviously great," she told a small group of journalists in Toronto, referring to the ceremony in her hometown of Krakow, Poland.

Fellow players, including Caroline Wozniacki and Angelique Kerber, attended the nuptials.

"I'm happy that Angie and Caro could come,” she said. “I was saying, ‘I couldn't imagine having a wedding [if they weren't there].’ And all the Polish players as well,”

She laughingly recalled starting the day in high heels but finishing in something very different. 

"Obviously, I was in sneakers," said Radwanksa. "I was wearing 10 centimeters, then lower and lower."

But Radwanska has been having foot problems of a different kind on the tennis court, saying an injury has been bothering her for more than a year.

"That's why I was skipping a couple of tournaments along the way," she said. "We'll see how it goes with the hard courts, especially a couple of tournaments in [a] row, but it's been a long time with that."

Still, the former world No. 2 has been reluctant to take time off with the injury despite not winning back-to-back matches between Sydney, her second event of the year, and the French Open.

"It's hard to make the decision that you want to stop and have a break," she said. "I didn't, I just keep going— pushing yourself, and you're doing injections."

Then came a period of illness, which led to her dropping a lot of weight.

"I had a really bad virus before grass," she said. "I was even thinking [of] not play[ing] Wimbledon, but I was like, ‘There's no chance I'm not going to play [a] Grand Slam.’ You're pushing yourself, but every day you're feeling better and better, and I was able to play great matches. And then there was the foot again, and more injections, and I didn't play for two weeks.

"With everything, it's really hard to come back to that shape and play 100 percent. At the moment, I'm feeling good, and that's the most important thing."

Radwanska returned to the hard courts with a win against Coco Vandweghe in the first round in Toronto. While she's more refreshed following the mid-season break and her wedding to longtime boyfriend and hitting partner Dawid Celt, it's otherwise back to usual.

"Nothing changed, really," she said. "I have just two rings on my finger. I'm just happily married. Tennis is still the priority."


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