The bulwark of Polish tennis for many years, Agnieszka Radwanska, announced her retirement from professional tennis at the age of 29. In a professional career spanning 13 years, the Pole won an impressive 20 WTA titles. Radwanska has hinted that although she has decided to retire from the WTA Tour, she will be still active on the tennis circuit in some way or the other.
A thorough professional and a fan favorite, Radwanska has been hampered by injuries for the last couple of years and her ranking has taken a beating. For 9 consecutive years from 2008 to 2016, Radwanska was ranked inside the Top-15 of the WTA rankings. She has earned the nicknames 'The Ninja' and 'The Professor' owing to her improvisation and remarkable shot-making abilities.
The most famous among Polish tennis athletes, Radwanska received a congratulatory message post her retirement announcement from Poland President Andrzej Duda for her successes on court and efforts to popularize the game of tennis in her home country. We take a look back at 5 of her noteworthy career achievements :
#5 Wimbledon runner-up in 2012
Agnieszka Radwanska was the third seed going into the Wimbledon Championships of 2012. She won her first four matches against Magdalena Rybarikova, Elina Vesnina, Heather Watson, and Camila Giorgi in straight sets. She reached the quarterfinals where she beat Maria Kirilenko in a tough 3 set contest.
Up against 8th seed Angelique Kerber in the semi-finals, the Pole looked in delightful form as she did not lose a single break of serve and took the match in straight sets to book a finals contest against sixth seed and favorite Serena Williams. Radwanska was well and truly second best in the first set but she quickly made amends and stunned the powerful American to win the second set and level the match.
The third set saw Radwanska lose her service game on 2 occasions handing the match and the Championship to Serena Williams. It was a momentous 2 weeks for the Pole as she rose to a career-high ranking of World Number 2 post her Wimbledon exploits.