Radwanska lost 'lot of respect' for Azarenka

by: Matt Cronin February 23, 2012

TENNIS.com

Get Adobe Flash player

Agnieszka Radwanska rips Victoria Azarenka for allegedly exaggerating injuries during the world No. 1’s semifinal victory over her in Doha last week. The 22-year-old Pole said she was "angry" with Azarenka, who has beaten her three times this year. Interestingly, the two have socialized and both are good friends with Caroline Wozniacki.

At times during the match, Azarenka—who suffered an ankle injury that eventually caused her to pull out of Dubai—was hobbling and appeared to be wincing in pain. Radwanska and Azarenka barely touched hands after the match and made no eye contact. Azarenka swept Samantha Stosur the next day to win the title.

"I think after this match....just lost a lot of respect," Radwanska told reporters in Dubai. "I was angry because I don't think this is the great image for the women's tennis, what was going on there."—Matt Cronin

More Stories

Three to See, Miami: Can Juan Martin del Potro stop Roger Federer?

Plus, thoughts on Muguruza vs. Wozniacki and Venus vs. Kuznetsova.

Radek Stepanek to be sidelined three months due to back surgery

At 38 years old, the Czech is looking to extend his career as long as possible.

In 1000th match, Nadal rallies from bagel-set loss to advance in Miami

In WTA action, Venus Williams and Angelique Kerber won, while Madison Keys was upset.