2016 Aegon International

Radwanska rises to world #2

Ex-Eastbourne champ hits resurgent spell

Agnieszka Radwanska is looking to be the runaway top seed at the Aegon International after she slipped into the world #2 slot in the latest WTA Tour rankings.

The 27-year-old overtook German Angelique Kerber, who is currently off the circuit because of a back injury, but is miles away from taking the coveted #1 spot off American superstar Serena Williams.

Williams captured her first title of the season by besting ex-Eastbourne champion and compatriot Madison Keys in the Italian Open.

Popular Pole Radwanska, a former winner of the Eastbourne event, has become a hit with her exclusive column in the newspaper The Straits Times.

She revealed: “I grew up on clay. That was the only surface we had at home in Poland and all of our tournaments were on clay.

“Every junior tournament was on clay and I was very comfortable on the surface when I was growing up.”

Yet the former Wimbledon runner-up, who has now reached the pinnacle of being ranked the world #2 for a second time, is not keen on competing on clay

Her game plan is to rapidly race around the court and cover every inch, which on the baseline tactic on clay – that requires formidable footwork.

And this showed at Roland Garros last term when Radwanska was stunned in the 1st Round.

She added in her newspaper column:

“In the next few months there may be a chance for me to be no 1.”

“I have no points to defend at the French Open, so I can only gain points in Paris. I am definitely going to try and use that chance.”

Belinda Bencic, the defending Aegon International champion, defeated Radwanska in last year’s final at Devonshire Park with the teenager reeling off the final set with aplomb and not dropping a game.

Current WTA rankings

  1. Serena Williams (USA)
  2. Agnieszka Radwanska (POLAND)
  3. Angelique Kerber (GERMANY)
  4. Garbine Muguruza (SPAIN)
  5. Victoria Azarenka (BELARUS)
  6. Simona Halep (ROMANIA)
  7. Roberta Vinci (ITALY)
  8. Belinda Bencic (SWITZERLAND)
  9. Timea Bacsinszky (SWITZERLAND)
  10. Flavia Pennetta (ITALY)
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