2012 Brussels Open champ Agnieszka Radwanska fell to former French Open champ Svetlana Kuznetsova in the third round today.
Forgive my sarcasm in giving Radwanska her props for being the champ in Brussels this year. You see, that's the tournament she just won last week in what has been a stellar year so far.
However, why was she even playing in that tournament, the week before a Grand Slam? With the way that field was, she would've been better off playing practice sets in Paris during that week. I think it ended up catching her against someone as dangerous as Kuznetsova in the third round. I actually thought Radwanska was going to lose to Venus a round earlier, mainly because she played in Brussels.
I'm not trying to bash the tournament; it does provide a great opportunity to get in match play the week before a Slam. But if you're a true title contender, you don't play in something like that right before a Major.
I'm still anxious to see how Tomas Berdych will make out as he played in World Team Cup last week. So did Janko Tipsarevic, but I don't see him as a major French Open threat. Berdych on the other hand, could do some big damage—if he's not too worn out coming off a week of play, then just being pushed by Kevin Anderson.
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