Agnieszka Radwanska, the former Eastbourne champion, has served up a scare for Venus Williams over her Olympic Tennis future.
The Pole danced past world #53 Williams with a formidable hour-long demolition of the American superstar at Roland Garros.
Radwanska, vying the world #1 slot this season, overwhelmed Williams 6-2 6-3 to ease into the 3rd Round at the 2012 French Open.
And Radwanska is aiming to reach her inaugural Grand Slam semi-final this term, with a run at Paris on the agenda, and is high on confidence with her own WTA Tour record of 38 wins in 2012 after destroying ex-world #1 Williams.
But the Pole was very charitable about the American icon, who she thrashed in March 2012: “Maybe she just had a bad day here.
“Of course when I saw the draw I wasn’t very happy, because Venus as a 2nd Round opponent is not easy.”
Yet Radwanska has lost seven times this term with six of those defeats at the hands of world #1 Victoria Azarenka of Belarussia.
Fortunately for the 2008 Eastbourne champion, Azarenka – now coached by former Devonshire Park favourite Amelie Mauresmo – is skipping the Aegon International in order to be ready for the back-to-back Championships and Olympics at SW19.
Veteran Williams, world #53 going into the French Open, needs to be in the top 56 on the WTA Tour by 11 June 2012 – and within the top four Americans – to be guaranteed an Olympic Tennis place at Singles: “This tournament was all about getting to the Olympics.
“If that happens for me, and I think the chances are good, then I come out a victor – so that is why I was here in Paris.”
But Russian-born American Varvara Lepchenko needs to just win two more rounds at Roland Garros to leap over Williams in the world rankings, which could push out the former #1 from competing at SW19 for the London 2012 Olympic Games.