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Agnieszka Radwanska


ABOUT
ABOUT

Agnieszka Radwanska is a tennis player from Poland who has earned the reputation of being a bit of a magician on the court because of her spectacular shot-making and deceptive variations.


Radwanska has compensated for her relative lack of power by trying every trick in the book to outwit her opponents. She has consistently challenge the big hitters on the WTA tour, including the likes of Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova, on her way to establishing a consistent top 10 career.

 

Best finish at each of the four Grand Slams:

Australian Open: Semifinalist (2014, 2016)

French Open: Quarterfinalist (2013)

Wimbledon: Runner-up (2012)

US Open: 4th Round (2007, 2008, 2012, 2013, 2016)

Highest Ranking: No. 2

 

Style of play


Radwanska has possibly the most unique style of play on the women's tour. She doesn't use a lot of power, but can still outplay her opponents with her befuddling mixture of spins and dinks.


Radwanska hits relatively flat, and makes liberal use of both the slice off both wings. She also hits a lot of drop shots, lobs and half volleys to change the pattern of rallies.


Radwanska makes frequent forays to the net, and can hit both traditional volleys and modern swing volleys.


Strengths and weaknesses


Radwanska's greatest strengths are her variety and court smarts. She knows she can't hit her opponents off the court, so she tries - with a fair degree of success - to outsmart them with a remarkably extensive array of shots.


The Pole has one of the best drop shots in the world, and also one of the best lobs. She is an expert at drawing her opponents forward, and then putting the ball out of their reach with a pass or a lob.


Radwanska's net game is also world-class, and she has been known to make some astonishing stab volleys. Her exceptional reflexes also help her return serve with a very high success rate.


Radwanska has good foot speed, and is able to track down a fair share of big groundstrokes. She is also very good at anticipating the direction in which the opponent is going to hit, which enables her to often be in the right place at the right time.


The Pole's biggest weakness is the lack of power in her serve and groundstrokes. While she can outwit most players with her bag of tricks, she can't always finish points with authority, which makes her vulnerable to being overpowered.



Personal life


Radwanska was born in Krakow, Poland. Her father's name is Robert and mother is called Marta, and she has a sister Urszula who also plays tennis.


Radwanska started playing tennis at the age of four, after her father introduced her to the sport. Robert continued to be her coach until after Agnieszka turned pro, but in recent years she has been coached by Tomasz Wiktorowski. She also worked briefly with Martina Navratilova, from 2014 to 2015.


Radwanska's role models while growing up were Pete Sampras and Martina Hingis. While her nickname at home is 'Aga', she has also been called 'Ninja' and 'The Magician' for her mind-boggling skills on the court.


In July 2017 Radwanska got married to Dawid Celt, and plenty of tennis players attended the ceremony - including Radwanska's good friend Caroline Wozniacki.


Radwanska hasn't yet been able to attain Grand Slam success, but she has left a permanent imprint on the minds of all tennis followers with her thoroughly unique game.



Social media presence:

Agnieszka Radwanska Instagram: @aradwanska

Agnieszka Radwanska Twitter: @ARadwanska

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