Agnieszka Radwanska is not pleased.
Can you blame her?
The second seed led Tsvetana Pironkova, 6-2, 3-0, in their fourth-round match at the French Open on Sunday night when play was suspended because of showers and darkness. They were set to resume on Monday, but all matches were canceled due to rain for the first time in 16 years.
The two finally returned to the court on Tuesday, again in rainy conditions, and the tables turned. Pironkova, on the brink of defeat, rattled off 10 consecutive games to take a commanding lead in the third set. The world No. 102 finished off her opponent for a stunning 2-6, 6-3, 6-3 win and a spot in the quarterfinals.
After the match, Radwanska was not shy about voicing her displeasure with the season’s second Slam.
“I’m just so surprised and angry that, you know, we have to play in the rain,” Radwanska told reporters in Paris. “I mean, it’s not a 10,000 tournament. It’s a Grand Slam. How can you allow players to play in the rain? I cannot play in those conditions.”
After the third game of the third set, the world No. 2 asked for a medical timeout to receive treatment on her right forearm and hand.
“I don’t know who allows us to play in that kind of condition,” Radwanska added. “I mean, I don’t think they really care what we think. I think they care about other things, I guess. So, well, I’m just pissed. I just cannot play in [those] conditions. I mean, I’m not healthy enough.”
Before Radwanska was ousted, sixth seed Simona Halep—whose match was also suspended on Sunday night—was upset by former U.S. Open champion Samantha Stosur in straight sets.
The Romanian echoed Radwanska’s sentiments about the tournament.
“I cannot comment about the conditions,” Halep told reporters at the French Open. “I have no words. It was impossible to play, in my opinion. And to play tennis matches during the rain, I think it’s a bit too much … No one cares about the players, in my opinion.
"I don’t care that I lost the match today, but I was close to [getting] injured with my back, so that’s—that’s a big problem. But like I said, no one cares. We [just have] to go and play."