Agnieszka Radwanska destroyed Bojana Jovanovski’s comeback by steam-rolling past the Serbian 6-0 6-2 at the French Open – almost a repeat of their 2012 encounter at Roland Garros.
Despite former Eastbourne champion elevated to world #2 going into the second major of the season, Radwanska had declared that clay wasn’t her favourite surface.
The Pole appeared to love the red clay in Paris as much as the fans adored her, giving Jovanovski no chance to find her feet.
Radwanska returned to the WTA Tour having skipped the Italian Open and tasting a semi-final reversal to Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova at the Madrid Masters.
Chasing her maiden Grand Slam, having been denied in the final at 2012 Wimbledon, Radwanska’s mixed season on clay also resulted in a semi-final exit at Stuttgart.
And the Pole has an excellent opportunity to reach a third clay court semi-final this term courtesy of a generous draw – potentially with matches against a trio of fellow Eastbourne-bound players (all seeded here) in the shape of Italy’s Sara Errani, American Sloane Stephens and Czech Barbora Strycova.
Radwanska’s one-sided success over Jovanovski made it seven wins from her past 11 matches, an enviable scenario for her opponent.
Jovanovski was out-of-sorts in their encounter and unable to register her maiden victory this season. It was her comeback on the Tour, having last competed in early February when she fell to 21-year-old Russian Margarita Gasparyan in straight sets at the St. Petersburg event.
Lacking any experience on clay since last year’s French Open, where she exited in the 2nd Round to Croatian teenager Donna Vekic, left Jovanovski on a hiding to nothing before the warm-up after being drawn against such an illustrious player.
And for Radwanska it was a case of deja vu against Jovanovski, in their first ever meeting the Pole stormed to a 6-1 6-0 success in their 1st Round contest at the French Open.
But Jovanovski bettered that result by winning two games in only their second encounter on Tour.
Radwanska was not tested in this match but if she can continue her recent rip-roaring results should better her best result in Paris and surpass the quarter-final stage that she reached in 2013.