Saturday, October 10, 2009

Pole in position

With all the losses piling up among the top players on the WTA tour the past few weeks, I'm a little surprised to see a name in the semifinals of this week's China Open, and that's Agnieszka Radwanska. She had a great win yesterday against Elena Dementieva in the quarters, and has a better-than-average shot against her next opponent, Marion Bartoli.

My only question is where has the good form shown these past two weeks been this year?

She's long been a "one-to-watch" as far as TTA? goes. I feel like I've picked her every Grand Slam quarterfinal that's come down the pike the past couple of years. But until last week in Japan, she hadn't even made a semifinal run at a regular tour stop this year.

In a way, I've thought of her as a poor woman's Kim Clijsters: great groundstrokes and really good hustle. With so many young players really establishing themselves this year, like Victoria Azarenka and Caroline Wozniacki, I thought Radwanska was really going to break through like them. Maybe this little run is her showing that she's ready to make her move.

(Photo: Getty Images)


Deb195 said...

hi van, I'm a bit surprised but very happy for A-Rad. Was a good match and she show'd a lot of nerve control out there today against marion. Final should be fun!