2016 French Open

Radwanska races past Garcia

Powerful Pole upsets Paris crowd

Agnieszka Radwanska at #RG16

Agnieszka Radwanska had few problems in dismantling France’s Caroline Garcia on the red clay in Paris but upset those patriotic fans at Roland Garros.

The Pole, who is locked in a two-horse race for top spot in the WTA Tour world rankings with American ace Serena Williams, brushed aside the feeble challenge from Garcia to win 6-2 6-4.

Radwanska, who has yet to claim a Grand Slam title but finished runner-up at 2012 Wimbledon, is looking formidable and is more determined than ever to triumph in a major.

Yet she had a mixed ead-up to the French Open, suffering an early exit at the Madrid Open and then stunned in the Stuttgart semi-final by German qualifier Laura Siegemund – who is signed up to compete at next month’s AEGON International.

She followed up her emphatic victory over Serbian Bojana Jovanovski in the 1st Round here with a simple win over Garcia to move into the 3rd Round and a meeting with world #30 Barbora Strycova.

In four meetings between the pair, Radwanska is unbeaten against Czech star Strycova.

Radwanska explained: ‎”I’m not really thinking about expectations or second week,I’m just very happy to be in the 3rd Round.

“Of course now it’s not going to be easier. She’s playing great tennis, especially on clay. For sure it’s another tough match coming up.

“I’m healthy, in one piece, and I’m just ready for the next match.”

Garcia, the world #40, had been expected to test Radwanska more than she did – especially with the French fans behind her.

With their previous three encounters all going to three sets, and Garcia having registered seven successes from her past 10 matches, the contest was a huge disappointment in terms of entertainment value.

Yet Radwanska won’t be worried about that, she has the bit between her teeth and is waiting to pounce should Williams come a cropper at Roland Garros.

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