2016 French Open

Radwanska hits out at Roland Garros

Pole peeved off by rain delays in Paris

Agnieszka Radwanska

Agnieszka Radwanska has hit out on the French Open after the world #2 became the latest shock casualty.

The Eastbourne-bound ace fell to Tsvetana Pironkova in three sets, having led by a set and 3-0 before on Sunday before rain set in.


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Paris was washout yesterday, and they resumed today despite the rain at Roland Garros.

As a result Radwanska lost 10 games on the trot and was bounced out of the 4th Round 2-6 6-3 6-3 by the unseeded Bulgarian.

The angry Pole, who has never got past the quarter-final stage at the French Open, fumed: “I had surgery a few years ago and I couldn’t really play in those conditions, end of story.”

“I’m just so surprised and angry that we have to play in the rain. I mean, it’s not a $10,000 tournament – it’s a Grand Slam.”

“How can you allow players to play in the rain? I cannot play in those conditions.

“I don’t know who allows us to play in these kind of conditions. I don’t think they really care what we think. I think they care about other things, I guess.”

Radwanska, who lost for the first time to a player outside the world’s top 100 – Pironkova is world #102 – concluded: “The ball gets so heavy after actually a couple of shots and it’s slippery as well.

“You know everything is just getting harder. But what can you do? It’s getting worse and worse every game.”

Pironkova admitted: “I could say I’m surprised, but I think coming to the tournament I was in a very good shape.

“My results in the previous tournaments didn’t show it, but I was feeling good and right now I showed that actually I’m feeling in a good form.”

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