2015 Aegon International

Radwanska’s revival rocks Pironkova

Radwanska roared past Pironkova

Agnieszka Radwanska is on fire at Eastbourne, dismissing her first serious opponent Tsvetana Pironkova 6-2 6-2 in 67 minutes.

And the popular Pole made it nine victories from 10 meetings against the the world #44 with breathtaking groundstrokes and utilising her near perfect all-round game to storm into the semi-finals.

After a tentative start by the two grass court experts, it was Radwanska who pulled away by taking control at the net to twice break the lofty Bulgarian then seal success on her serve.

With the Centre Court crowd fully behind Radwanska, the 2008 Eastbourne champion, the second set followed the same pattern.

The slippery Pole cruised away to triumph after breaking Pironkova in the third and seventh games.

radwanska2Radwanska, competing in just her fourth quarter-final this year, has experienced a tricky season so far after kicking off 2015 as world #6 but slipping out of the top 10 despite the brief and unsuccessful stint of having the legendary Martina Navratilova as a consultant coach.

But what an upturn in fortunes she has had at Devonshire Park, dropping just five games in her two matches and looking like the consummate professional she is to despatch Pironkova with such aplomb.

Radwanska said: “We played so many times against each other on every surface, so I knew what to expect.

“I had a to play my 100% today, and everyone knows she’s plays well on grass. I think everything was working for me out there so I’m just very glad to reach the semi-finals here.”

Radwanska, whose game is suited to the low bounce on grass, outplayed the erratic Pironkova and is aiming to use her run at Eastbourne to kick-start her sorry season.

The way that she saw off American Irina Falconi and then Czech ace Karolina Pliskova – seemingly fatigued after last week’s run on grass at Birmingham’s Aegon Classic – before Pironkova suggests that Radwanska is on the rise again.

Her best recent run at SW19 was two year’s ago when she soared into the semi-final stage, and en route she saw off Pironkova. Maybe her latest grass court victory over the Bulgarian was a good omen.

And at least avenged Radwanska’s shock slip up at Eastbourne to Pironkova in 2012.

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