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.
An old friend of mine and I used to talk tennis for hours, whether it was our own games or what was happening in the pros. I've started Tennis Talk, Anyone? to, well, talk tennis with an even broader crowd! My name is Van Sias and I've been playing for 20 years now, and not only am I player, I'm a huge fan of the game as well: pro, amateur, you name it. I'll post links to news items related to the sport, and offer my own personal opinion, predictions and hopefully get some of yours as well.