6 March 1989 |
|Height||1.73 metres (5 ft 8 in)|
|Turned pro||23 April 2005|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Prize money||USD$ 15,385,382|
|Career record||422–178 (70.33%)|
|Career titles||13 WTA, 2 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 2 (9 July 2012)|
|Current ranking||No. 3 (31 March 2014)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||SF (2014)|
|French Open||QF (2013)|
|US Open||4R (2007, 2008, 2012, 2013)|
|Olympic Games||2R (2008)|
|Career record||112–86 (56.57%)|
|Career titles||2 WTA, 2 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 16 (10 October 2011)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||SF (2010)|
|French Open||QF (2009, 2010)|
|Wimbledon||3R (2007, 2011, 2012)|
|US Open||SF (2011)|
|Hopman Cup||F (2014)|
|Last updated on: 1 April 2014.|
Agnieszka Radwańska [aɡˈɲɛʂka radˈvaɲska] ( ) (born 6 March 1989) is a Polish professional tennis player. Radwańska achieved a career-high singles ranking of World No. 2 in July 2012 and is currently ranked World No. 3 by the Women's Tennis Association (WTA). Known for constructing points and making intelligent use of the court, she has won thirteen career singles titles.
Radwańska holds a number of tennis accolades. She is the first Polish player in the Open Era to reach the singles final of a Grand Slam (the 2012 Wimbledon Championships), the first Pole to claim a WTA singles title (the 2007 Nordea Nordic Light Open), and the winner of the longest three-set match played at the WTA Tour Championships. In addition, she won the WTA Award for Most Impressive Newcomer in 2006.
Radwańska has been voted the WTA's most popular player for three consecutive years (2011–2013) in polls held by WTATennis.com. For her accomplishments in sport and for representing her country with distinction, in 2013 she was awarded the Gold Cross of Merit by Polish President Bronisław Komorowski.
- 1 Personal life
- 2 Career
- 3 Rivalries
- 4 Playing style and equipment
- 5 Sponsors
- 6 Career statistics
- 7 Awards
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
Born in Kraków, Radwańska began playing tennis at the age of four after her father introduced her to the sport. Her younger sister, Urszula, is also a tennis player. Radwańska has named Pete Sampras and Martina Hingis as inspirations. In 2009, Radwańska became a WTA ambassador for Habitat for Humanity. She has also studied tourism at universities in Kraków.
Radwańska is a practicing Roman Catholic, and she took part in the Polish Catholic campaign "Nie wstydzę się Jezusa!" ("I'm not ashamed of Jesus!"). She released a video for the campaign in which she urged her fans to "not be ashamed of believing" and arranged her tennis balls so they would read "JEZUS" ("JESUS"). In the summer of 2013, she was disqualified from this campaign after posing nude for ESPN magazine's The Body Issue.
2005–2006: Early years
Radwańska won the junior singles title at Wimbledon in 2005, defeating Tamira Paszek. She went on to win the junior French Open title in 2006 with a victory over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. She played her first WTA tournament at the 2006 J&S Cup (later known as the Warsaw Open) in Warsaw, defeating Anastasia Myskina in her opening match. She advanced to the quarterfinals, where she lost to Elena Dementieva in three sets.
At the 2006 Wimbledon Championships, she lost in the fourth round to Kim Clijsters. She went on to drop a second-round match to Tatiana Golovin at the US Open. At the Fortis Championships Luxembourg tournament, Radwańska lost in the semifinals to Francesca Schiavone after defeating former world no. 1 Venus Williams in the second round and Dementieva in the quarterfinals.
2007–2008: First WTA title and other tennis firsts
Radwańska participated at the 2007 Australian Open, but she was upset by Ana Ivanovic in the second round. At the 2007 Sony Ericsson Open, Radwańska defeated her longtime idol, Martina Hingis, in a three-set third-round match. She exited in the fourth round following a loss to Tathiana Garbin.
In August 2007, Agnieszka Radwańska became the first Polish player in history to claim a WTA tour singles title, defeating Vera Dushevina in the final of the Nordea Nordic Light Open. She went on to defeat defending champion Maria Sharapova in the third round of the US Open, before losing to Shahar Pe'er in the fourth round.
Radwańska reached the quarterfinals of the 2008 Australian Open, upsetting World No. 2 Svetlana Kuznetsova in the third round, then following it up with a defeat of 14th seeded Nadia Petrova before eventually falling to Daniela Hantuchová. At the Pattaya Women's Open in Thailand, Radwańska won her second WTA singles title, beating Jill Craybas in the final. At the Qatar Ladies Open, Radwańska reached the semi-finals, losing to eventual champion Maria Sharapova. In May 2008, she won the İstanbul Cup on red clay with a victory over Elena Dementieva, earning her third WTA title. She then reached the fourth round of the French Open, but was defeated there by third-seed and eventual semi-finalist Jelena Janković.
On grass, Radwańska won the International Women's Open in Eastbourne, defeating Nadia Petrova in the final. At Wimbledon, she defeated Svetlana Kuznetsova in the fourth round, then lost to Serena Williams in the quarterfinals. At the Olympics in Beijing, Radwańska lost a second-round match to Francesca Schiavone. She went on to reach the fourth round of the US Open, losing to Venus Williams. She later went to the 2008 WTA Tour Championships as an alternate and replaced Ana Ivanovic after the latter withdrew. She defeated Svetlana Kuznetsova in straight sets. Radwańska ended the year as the first Polish woman to surpass US $1 million in career prize money, as well as the first to be ranked World No. 10.
2009–2010: Top 10 WTA ranking
Radwańska reached the quarterfinals of the 2009 Medibank International Sydney, losing in three sets to eventual champion Elena Dementieva. She was defeated in the first round of the Australian Open by Kateryna Bondarenko.
At the 2009 BNP Paribas Open, she defeated Samantha Stosur and Aleksandra Wozniak en route to the quarterfinals, where she lost to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. At the Sony Ericsson Open, she lost a three-set fourth-round match to Venus Williams. She reached the fourth round of the 2009 French Open, falling in three sets to eventual champion Svetlana Kuznetsova. She and Urszula also reached the quarterfinals in doubles. She went on to reach her second consecutive quarterfinal at Wimbledon, falling to Venus Williams.
She reached her first semifinal of the 2009 season in Tokyo, where she fell in three sets to eventual champion Maria Sharapova. She reached her first final of the year in China, losing in straight sets to Svetlana Kuznetsova.
Radwańska and her doubles partner Maria Kirilenko reached the semifinals of the 2010 Australian Open, losing to the World No. 1 pairing of Cara Black and Liezel Huber in three sets. In Indian Wells, Radwańska won her fifth straight match against Marion Bartoli, and went on to upset Elena Dementieva in the quarterfinals before losing to Caroline Wozniacki in the semifinals. Radwańska entered the 2010 Sony Ericsson Open, where she was defeated in the quarterfinals by Venus Williams. At the 2010 Wimbledon Championships, she was defeated in the fourth round by Li Na, whom she had beaten at the same stage the previous year.
Radwańska reached the final of the 2010 Mercury Insurance Open, falling to Svetlana Kuznetsova. Due to a stress fracture in her foot, Radwańska's 2010 season ended at the China Open, where she lost a three-set match to Angelique Kerber. Radwańska subsequently finished 2010 outside the Top 10.
Radwańska reached the quarterfinals of the Australian Open, losing to eventual champion Kim Clijsters. She went on to reach the fourth round in Indian Wells, where she lost to Victoria Azarenka, and the quarterfinals in Miami, losing to Vera Zvonareva. However, she won the Miami doubles title with Daniela Hantuchová, defeating Nadia Petrova and Liezel Huber. She went on to reach the fourth round of the 2011 French Open, losing to Maria Sharapova.
Radwańska suffered her earliest ever exit at Wimbledon, when she was defeated in the second round by Czech qualifier Petra Cetkovská. At the 2011 Mercury Insurance Open, Radwańska advanced to the final and defeated rival Vera Zvonareva in straight sets. With the victory, she earned her first title since winning in Eastbourne in 2008. At the 2011 Rogers Cup in Toronto, she once again defeated Zvonareva in the third round, coming back from a 0–4 deficit in the second set. She went on to lose a three-set semifinal match against Samantha Stosur.
After defeating her sister Urszula in the first round of the US Open, she was upset in the second round by eventual semifinalist Angelique Kerber. She avenged this loss at the Toray Pan Pacific Open, defeating Kerber in three sets before advancing to the final, where she won her third straight match against Vera Zvonareva, earning her first Premier 5 title.
At the 2011 China Open, she defeated Zheng Jie, Sofia Arvidsson, Ana Ivanovic (who retired from their quarter-final match due to a back injury), and Flavia Pennetta in straight sets, before winning a three-set final against Andrea Petkovic. She qualified for her first season-ending championship at the WTA Championships in Istanbul, taking the 8th spot when Marion Bartoli was unable to win the title in Moscow.
Going into the 2011 WTA Tour Championships, Radwańska was labeled by the media as one of the hottest players on tour. She dropped a three-set opening match to Caroline Wozniacki. She then won her fourth straight match against Vera Zvonareva, coming back from a 3–5 deficit in the third set and saving three match points. To advance to the semifinals, she needed to win at least one set against Petra Kvitová, but eventually lost in straight sets. She ended the year ranked 8th with a 46–18 record, and was named WTA Fan Favorite Singles Player.
2012: World No. 2 & first Grand Slam final
During the first four months of 2012, Radwańska won two singles titles and amassed a record of 28–5, defeating all opponents but then World No. 1 Victoria Azarenka.
Radwanska fell in the semifinals of the Apia International (after defeating current world number 1 Caroline Wozniacki), the quarterfinals of the Australian Open, and the semifinals of the Qatar Total Open. She then won her first title of the season at the Dubai Tennis Championships, defeating Julia Görges in straight sets. After advancing to the quarterfinals in Indian Wells, she reached a new ranking of World No. 4. Her second title came at the Sony Ericsson Open, where she defeated Venus Williams in the quarterfinals and Marion Bartoli in the semifinals, advancing to a championship match against Maria Sharapova. Radwańska won the championship without losing a set throughout the tournament.
Her fifth loss of the season, and fifth to Azarenka, came in the semifinals of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart. She then entered the Mutua Madrid Open, where she lost to Azarenka in the semifinals, securing the World No. 3 ranking. At the Internazionali BNL d'Italia, she lost her opening-round match to Petra Cetkovská, marking her first loss of the year to someone other than Azarenka. In the final of the Brussels Open, Radwańska defeated Simona Halep in straight sets, winning her third WTA title of the year and tenth in her career. At the French Open, she defeated Venus Williams in the second round, but then fell in the third round to Svetlana Kuznetsova.
Radwańska reached her first career Grand Slam final at the 2012 Wimbledon Championships. She defeated Maria Kirilenko in the quarterfinals and Angelique Kerber in the semifinals, losing the championship match to Serena Williams in three sets. By advancing to the final, she became the first Polish player in the Open Era to reach the championship round of a Grand Slam singles tournament, and attained a new ranking of World No. 2. Radwańska was the flag bearer for Poland in the 2012 Summer Olympics. She lost in the opening round to Julia Görges.
During the summer hard court season Radwańska was twice one match away from becoming the World No. 1. She would lose to Li Na on both occasions, in the quarterfinals of the 2012 Rogers Cup and the 2012 Western & Southern Open. Radwańska was defeated in the fourth round of the 2012 US Open by Roberta Vinci. She again reached the final of the Toray Pan Pacific Open, losing in three sets to Nadia Petrova. She exited the China Open following a quarterfinal loss to Li Na. Radwańska won her opening round robin match at the WTA Championships, defeating the defending champion Petra Kvitová in straight sets. She then lost a three-set match to Maria Sharapova. She advanced to the semifinals with a victory over Sara Errani, which marked the longest three-set match in the history of the tournament, but exited following a loss to Serena Williams. She then defeated Williams in straight sets during an exhibition in Toronto. At the conclusion of the season, Radwańska won WTA Awards for Fan Favorite Facebook Profile and Fan Favorite Video, and was again named Fan Favorite Singles Player.
2013: Shot of the Year at Sony Open
Radwańska began her season at the ASB Classic in Auckland, where she defeated Yanina Wickmayer in the final to win the 11th singles title of her career. She won her second straight tournament of 2013 at the Apia International, where she defeated Dominika Cibulková without losing a game.
Radwańska reached the quarterfinals of the Australian Open, exiting the tournament following a loss to Li Na. She went on to play the Qatar Total Open where she was eliminated in the semifinals by then World No. 1 Victoria Azarenka, the eventual champion. She also reached the quarterfinals in Dubai, where she lost to Petra Kvitová. In the BNP Paribas Open, she lost in the fourth round to Maria Kirilenko.
She then entered the Sony Open as the defending champion. During her quarterfinal win against Kirsten Flipkens, Radwańska won a point with a spinning backhand volley, which was voted the shot of the year on the WTA's website. She exited the tournament with a loss to Serena Williams in the semifinals. After early losses in her clay court season, she advanced to the quarterfinals of the French Open for the first time, where she lost to fifth seed Sara Errani. She beat Li Na in the quarterfinals of Wimbledon 2013 but lost her semifinal match to Sabine Lisicki. She was later awarded the Gold Cross of Merit by Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski.
Her next tournament was the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford, where she has received a bye into the second round and beat Francesca Schiavone for a place in the quarterfinals. She then beat Varvara Lepchenko, as well as Jamie Hampton, losing to Dominika Cibulková in the final. In September, Radwańska defeated Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova to win the KDB Korea Open, her third singles title of 2013. She was eliminated from the WTA Championships in the round robin stage, exiting with a loss to Angelique Kerber. At the conclusion of the season, Radwańska was voted WTA Fan Favorite Singles Player for the third consecutive year.
2014: First BNP Paribas Open final
Radwańska began the 2014 season by representing Poland at the Hopman Cup, where she competed alongside her compatriot, Grzegorz Panfil. The pair advanced to the final where Radwańska defeated Alizé Cornet in their singles match. However, she and Panfil lost to Cornet and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the deciding mixed doubles match.
Following the Hopman Cup, Radwańska failed to defend her title at the Apia International in Sydney, losing in straight sets to American qualifier, Bethanie Mattek-Sands in the second round. At the Australian Open, Radwańska defeated Yulia Putintseva, Olga Govortsova, twenty-ninth seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Garbiñe Muguruza, and World No. 2 and defending champion, Victoria Azarenka to reach the semi-finals for the first time where she lost in straight sets to Dominika Cibulkova. After the Australian Open, Radwańska competed at the Qatar Total Open in Doha where being second-seeded she earned a bye to the second round. She reached the semi-final stage of the tournament before losing to eventual champion Simona Halep in straight sets. The following week she took part in the Dubai Tennis Championships, where she lost in the second round to Italy’s Flavia Pennetta.
In March, playing in the BNP Paribas Open, Radwańska defeated Heather Watson, Annika Beck, Alize Cornet, Jelena Jankovic and Simona Halep to reach the final for the first time in her career. During the final Radwańska was bothered with a left knee injury. She twice called for the trainer in the second set and had her knee heavily taped. She was in tears apologizing to the crowd afterward, saying she was unable to run. Partly due to her knee injury Radwańska was defeated by Flavia Pennetta. Following her final defeat to Flavia Pennetta in Indian Wells, Radwańska focused on Miami, where she beat Romina Oprandi in straight sets to progress to the third round of the Miami Masters. She advanced to the quarterfinals where she lost in three sets to Dominika Cibulkova.
In April Radwańska played in the BNP Paribas Katowice Open, about 47 miles from her home town in Krakow, Poland.  She beat Kristyna Pliskova in round one, Francesca Schiavone in round two and Yvonne Meusburger in the quarterfinal to advance to the semifinal. She lost in three sets to Alize Cornet in the semifinal. Radwańska, who was playing in a WTA Tour event in Poland for the first time in seven years, stated: "I'm really excited. I still have vivid memories of my first ever WTA main draw event at the Premier event in Warsaw in 2006. As a 17-year-old girl, I managed to beat 2004 French Open champion Anastasia Myskina in the first round. I couldn't imagine a better debut. So my tennis career really began in my home country and I'm thankful for this opportunity."
Radwańska vs. Zvonareva
Throughout their meetings, Radwańska has proven able to match Zvonareva's pace and movements around the court. Zvonareva is considered the more powerful of the two, while Radwańska has been noted as more focused at times, utilizing what Sports Illustrated's Courtney Nguyen dubbed "selective aggression" during the pair's 2011 matches.
Their first match occurred during the 2007 Kremlin Cup, with Zvonareva winning in straight sets. The two did not play again until the 2011 season, when Radwańska won four of their five matches—including the finals of the Mercury Insurance Open and the Pan Pacific Open. Their final meeting of 2011 was an acclaimed match at the WTA Championships. Trailing 3–5 in the third set, Radwańska saved three match points and went on to win in three sets. The victory marked her fourth straight win against Zvonareva, whom she described as "very consistent and always tough to beat."
Radwańska vs. Li
Radwańska and Li Na first played in 2009. Li leads the series 6–5. Radwańska has won the majority of their matches on grass and their only meeting on clay. Li leads the rivalry on hard courts. After their first four matches in 2009 and 2010 the head-to-head was even at 2–2. This included a victory each at the Wimbledon Championships; Radwańska winning in 2009 and Li in 2010. In 2012 Radwańska and Li met 4 times, with Li taking 3 victories. Li lost their meeting in the Stuttgart quarter-final in three sets, but dominated in Montréal, Cincinnati and Beijing. Li prevented Radwańska from taking the world No. 1 ranking off the incumbent Victoria Azarenka. In 2013 both won the first tournament they entered. They were both undefeated when they met each other in the semi-finals of their second tournament of the year at Sydney. Radwańska beat Li and eventually won the tournament. At the 2013 Australian Open, Li became the first player to defeat Radwańska that season, with a victory in the quarter-finals. That same year they met again at Wimbledon in the quarterfinals, with Radwańska winning in three sets.
Radwańska vs. Ivanovic
Radwańska and Ana Ivanovic had their first professional meeting in 2006. Radwańska leads the series 7–3. The majority of their matches have been played on hard courts. Radwańska leads their match-ups on clay. The pair both claim their rivalry is a friendly one, and they spend much time together off the court.
Playing style and equipment
Radwańska's game is founded on variety, mobility, and a tendency to anticipate her opponent's actions. She often uses this style to construct rallies—either opening the court up for a winner, or prompting a surprised opponent to hit a misplaced return. Her primary weapons include a mixture of slices and lobs, along with her ability to hit the ball at a variety of angles. She also makes use of a disguised drop shot, often swung with the same motion as a normal stroke during a rally. She is also noted for her crouching shots, during which she quickly drops in place to return or redirect a low ball, along with her use of an overhead backhand while on defense.
One of Radwańska's main weaknesses is her lack of power in her serve and return. Her serve, especially her second serve, is generally slow and vulnerable to attack. Her shots sometimes lack penetration on the court, posing little threat to power hitters. "I don't think I can ever serve 200 kilometers per hour, it's just not my body," Radwanska said. "I have to do something else. I was just born to play like this. I have so many ideas. In your mind it's like, 'OK, I go down the line, then crosscourt, maybe drop shot.' But you have just one second, or even not one second, it just has to be automatic." Radwanska's on-court manner is peculiar, too. She merely exhales when she strikes the ball, rather than loudly grunting like many of her WTA colleagues. She doesn't turn her back to the court after points. She wastes no time and bounces the ball no more than four times before serving. She says she can play with any racket and likes to use one for an entire match, unlike most players, who routinely grab frames with fresh strings.
Tennis commentators, including former pro Wojciech Fibak, have compared her playing style to that of Martina Hingis, with Fibak describing her as "a natural mover who understands the geometry of the court". Radwańska has cited Hingis as an inspiration. She and Hingis had their lone career meeting in 2007, with Radwańska winning in three sets.
After years of expressing her love for the American restaurant chain Agnieszka Radwańska became the Cheesecake Factory’s first sports endorsement. Radwańska began to wear the Cheesecake Factory’s logo on her visor at the start of the 2014 BNP Paribas Open. Additionally, she will continue to wear the company logo during all of her matches played in the U.S. She also has sponsorship agreements with Rado, Babolat, Lotto Sport Italia, Amica, Lexus, Dayli and Play.
Grand Slam finals
Singles: 1 (1 runner-up)
|Runner-up||2012||Wimbledon||Grass||Serena Williams||1–6, 7–5, 2–6|
Singles performance timeline
Won tournament; or reached Final; Semifinal; Quarter-final; Round 4, 3, 2, 1; competed at a Round Robin stage; lost in Qualification Round; absent from tournament event; played in a Davis Cup Zonal Group (with its number indication) or Play-off; won a bronze, silver (F or S) or gold medal at the Olympics; a downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament (Not a Masters Series); or a tournament that was Not Held in a given year.
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated either at the conclusion of a tournament, or when the player's participation in the tournament has ended.
|Grand Slam Tournaments|
|Australian Open||A||2R||QF||1R||3R||QF||QF||QF||SF||0 / 8||24–8|
|French Open||A||1R||4R||4R||2R||4R||3R||QF||0 / 7||16–7|
|Wimbledon||4R||3R||QF||QF||4R||2R||F||SF||0 / 8||28–8|
|US Open||2R||4R||4R||2R||2R||2R||4R||4R||0 / 8||16–8|
|Win–Loss||4–2||6–4||14–4||8–4||7–4||9–4||15–4||16–4||5–1||0 / 31||84–31|
Doubles performance timeline
|Grand Slam Tournaments|
|Australian Open||1R||1R||2R||SF||3R||3R||0 / 6||9–6|
|French Open||3R||1R||QF||QF||1R||2R||0 / 6||9–6|
|Wimbledon||3R||2R||1R||2R||3R||3R||0 / 6||8–6|
|US Open||2R||1R||1R||3R||SF||A||0 / 5||7–5|
|Win–Loss||5–4||1–4||4–4||10–4||8–4||5–3||0 / 23||33–23|