The Pride of Poland
I saw the idea and improved on it - it is not a completely original thought from my head!
In preparation for the clay 2017 season Aga positions herself for the perfect serve.
In addition to the mayhem created by former tennis star Ilie Nastase in Romania earlier this month (April 2017) by bad mouthing the British Federation Cup Team and court officials, the return of Maria Sharapova after her doping ban is also throwing an unsportsmanlike pall over the coming clay season. Spokespeople for the tennis professional have finally broken their silence and allowed their hostility to become public in particular targeting Pole Agnieszka Radwańska, Dane Caroline Wozniaki and Brit Andy Murray who in particular has been very outspoken about drug cheats. Sharapova's team representative Max Eisenbud refers to the female players as 'journeymen' wanting to capitalise on the absence of Williams, Azarenka and Kvitova to avail themselves of a Grand Slam Trophy - we shall see!
Thoughtfully Aga considers the questions posed by the reporter before responding
Aga smiles over the question of her constant use of 'hand cream' on court
This was not the 'interview to end all interview' or on some deeply serious subject - it was a chat about what was going wrong with Aga's game, her drop in the rankings and the fact that she didn't have any visible 'foibles' or 'superstitions' when on court but she was, it seemed, always rubbing some form of cream into her hands. Aga handled it with aplomb, she pointed out that she was aware and disappointed that the start of her year had not gone as well as it could. These things happen she explained because there are so many different factors that influence a performance on the day. The reporter then insisted that surely her drop in the the rankings was evidence of something being wrong? Again Aga stated that rankings can change on a weekly, daily or even hourly basis, something that she used to find disconcerting in her early career, but since becoming a regular in the top 10 her schedule was much more manageable whether at the top or bottom end and she knew what her obligations were well in advance and could timetable accordingly. The reporter then mentioned April Fools day and asked if Aga had participated in any jokes or had had any played on her? She replied in the negative. The reporter then pressed her about 'superstitions' on court, that she had not noticed anything particular about Aga's presentation of herself on court but that she was aware that Aga was constantly smearing cream on her hands - at this Aga laughed out loud and assured the reporter that she was not pampering herself with some exotic hand cream. She is in fact using a gel which helps to dry out the perspiration quickly to enable her to keep a grip on her racket - with that, the somewhat unedifying interview ended.
Aga posted this picture of herself in the Plac Mariacki in front of the Kościół Mariacki (one of my favourite places in the world) on 1st April 2017 on her Fb profile. Aga is a native of Kraków as was my late mother, and has announced that she will be getting married there.
As the season concludes - following her semi-final appearance at the WTA Finals Aga is rewarded with a global seeding of No. 3
The four semi-finalists set to compete for the final - well done l to r Svetlana Kuznetsova, Dominika Cibulkova, Angelique Kerber and Agnieszka Radwańska
Aga & Angie 'Head to Head' count countdown to the semi-final
Aga quoted on a WTA promotional poster poster - All images courtesy and copyright of the WTA
Win or lose you can't take this away from Agnieszka!
So we've arrived at the year end tournament for the top 8 women! Aga is the defending champion - is it by accident or design that the two round-robin groups are 'Red and White'? Aga leads the 'White Group'
Before Svetlana Kuznetsova (Russia) was confirmed the line up from l to r is - leading the White Group is Agnieszka Radwańska (Poland), Karolina Pliskova (Czech Republic) and Garbine Muguruza (Spain) | The Red Group is led by Angelique Kerber (Germany) and her team Dominika Cibulkova (Slovakia), Madison Keys (USA), Kerber, Simona Halep (Romania)
'Agnieszka Radwańska's season in numbers!' - 50+ Wins, 3 Titles, $3.2 Million Prize Money
The Countdown begins - images courtesy and © of the WTA
Aga qualifies for the prestigious year end BNP Paribas WTA Singles
Reigning champion Agnieszka Radwańska and Karolina Pliskova became the latest players to qualify for the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global on Tuesday (4th October).
Defeat for Dominika Cibulkova at the China Open guaranteed Radwańska and recent US Open finalist Pliskova their places at the season-ending showpiece, joining Angelique Kerber, Serena Williams and Simona Halep in the singles field.
"Congratulations to Aga and Karolina on qualifying for the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global," said WTA CEO Steve Simon. "Both have had incredible years, each winning multiple WTA titles - an impressive feat very few players accomplish each year. We are thrilled to see Aga back in Singapore to defend the Billie Jean King Trophy, as well as Karolina, who will compete at her first WTA Finals."
Radwańska has built on her success at last year's tournament, enjoying another wonderfully consistent year. Titles in Shenzhen and New Haven have been backed up by deep runs at the Australian Open, Doha, Indian Wells, Stuttgart and Tokyo.
A fixture at the season finale for the past five years, the Pole is looking forward to the challenge of defending her crown. "It's the goal of everyone to qualify for the WTA Finals, and I'm happy to be returning to defend my title," Radwańska said. "I've played at Singapore for a few years now, and qualifying again this year means I've had a great season - to be in the Top 8. It won't be easy to defend my title, but that's the goal. It will be exciting and a challenge to see different names and faces in this year's field."
Aga wants another bite at the cherry - see the video here
The stress and pain are clearly etched into Aga's face - Image courtesy and © of PAP/EPA ROLEX DELA/PENA
Agnieszka Radwańska z powodu kontuzji prawego uda musiała wycofać się z ćwierćfinałowego pojedynku w turnieju WTA International na kortach twardych w Tiencinie, gdzie starała się bronić wywalczonego w zeszłym sezonie mistrzostwa. 'Kontuzji doznałam podczas pierwszego meczu. W środowy wieczór i w czwartek rano miałam zabiegi, ale po spotkaniu sytuacja jeszcze się pogorszyła - powiedziała najlepsza polska tenisistka podczas czwartkowej konferencji prasowej.'
W środę Agnieszka Radwańska rozgromiła na otwarcie Niemkę Tatjanę Marię 6:1, 6:2. Z kolei w czwartek nie dała żadnych szans Rosjance Jewgieniji Rodinie, którą zwyciężyła 6:1, 6:1. W piątek na drodze Polki miała stanąć powracająca do dawnej formy po poważnym urazie pleców Shuai Peng, lecz krakowianka wycofała się z rywalizacji z Chinką. W Azji występuję już od kilku tygodni z rzędu, dlatego podjęłam ostateczną decyzję o wycofaniu się. To nigdy nie jest łatwe, ponieważ w każdym turnieju walczę o tytuł. Mam nadzieję, że wystąpię w Tiencinie za rok - dodała "Isia". Radwańska przed przyjazdem do Tiencinu rywalizowała w Tokio, Wuhanie oraz Pekinie, gdzie w niedzielę sięgnęła po tytuł rangi WTA Premier Mandatory. Polka zapewniła sobie już miejsce w Mistrzostwach WTA, dlatego nie chce ryzykować pogłębienia urazu. Turniej Mistrzyń w Singapurze odbędzie się w dniach 23-30 października.
Because of an injury to her right thigh, Agnieszka Radwańska, the defending champion, was forced to withdraw from her upcoming quarter-final match at the WTA International Hard Court Tournament in Tianjin. During her Press Conference, Poland’s no. 1 player explained that she had sustained the injury in her first match on Wednesday. It worsened on Wednesday evening and following further treatment on Thursday it became apparent that she would not be fit enough to continue.
Prior to the match against Shuai Peng, the local favourite, Agnieszka Radwańska had successfully overcome German Tatjana Maria 6-1 6-2 and Russian Evgeniya Rodina 6-1 6-1 before withdrawing from the competition.
‘Isia’ added that she had already played several tournaments in the ‘Asian Swing’ - Tokyo, Wuhan and Beijing before travelling to Tianjin and had considered her decision very carefully before announcing her withdrawal. She also stated that she was mindful that any prolonged injury would threaten her chances in the WTA Championships to be held in Singapore between 23-30 October.
Agnieszka is the only player to have won the China Open twice - the first time was in 2011
Aga in 2011 - the Tropy hasn't changed much but what a difference in poise between 2011 and 2016
Sheer delight - China Open's new Champion
The 2016 Women's Singles Champion - Agnieszka with her China Open Trophy - images courtesy and © of Getty Images
Rising from the 'squat' position that she has made her own and become the iconic attributable Aga shot - image courtesy and © of the WTA
From the WTA website : BEIJING, China - No.3 seed Agnieszka Radwańska outlasted friend and rival Caroline Wozniacki, 6-3, 6-1, to finish their Asian Swing series with two wins and reach the quarterfinals of the China Open. Radwańska thrice faced off against Wozniacki during the Asian Swing; the former No.1 upset the Pole en route to the Toray Pan Pacific Open title, but the 2015 BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global champion got her revenge last week at the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open.
"I don't think it happened to me ever to play someone three weeks in a row," she said in press. "Good we're playing in different tournaments next week so we can't play against each other again! "Playing Caro is always a pleasure, always great matches. For me is also a very good challenge to play someone that solid, that consistent.
"We've known each other for 17 years. Practicing together as well almost every tournament, playing some matches against each other. I think we know about each other everything. "But, of course, every match is different story. I think we showed that every week."
With Beijing serving as the site of their fall series tie-break, Radwańska displayed all of her signature guile and cunning against Wozniacki, who had been on a tear since reaching the semifinals of the US Open.
Aga receives an unexpected accolade - Image courtesy and © of the WTA
From the WTA website :
From a break deficit to start the match, the former World No.2 took control of the match in stunning fashion, racing out to a set and 5-1 lead before she and Wozniacki treated the crowd to a tense ending in which she saved a pair of break points before serving out her spot in the last eight on her third match point.
"I think everything was working for me today. Just maybe a slow start. That wasn't really great. But then everything was smooth and I was really trying to play aggressive, really coming in. I was serving also good. "I cannot really complain about anything. The score looks good, so I think just tells everything."
In all, the stats showed the Pole maintaining an aggressive mindset, hitting 18 winners to just nine unforced errors; Wozniacki hit the same number of winners, but was undone by 21 unforced errors.
After the match, Radwańska received an honorary accolade from the China Open, who named the 2011 champion "Most Energetic Player."
"It's always great to achieve awards like this. I really appreciate it. That was a surprise for me. I didn't know. Well, another trophy for the collection!"
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Images of Women's Tennis rankings as at 12th September 2016 courtesy and © of the WTA
Two Poles in 'pole' positions (sorry could not resist.) Angélique Kerber, together with Sabine Lisicki (Germany), Caroline 'Wozniaki' (Denmark), Aleksandra Wozniak (Canada), is of Polish descent as are the other players listed and identified by the country they currently represent. Poland also boasts Urszula (younger sister of Agnieszka) Radwańska, Magda Linette, Alicja Rosolska, Klaudia Jans-Ognacik and Paula Kania among others in their Federation Cup Team. Where Polish tennis is concerned with the success of Jerzy Janowicz primarily in the men's singles and Łukasz Kubot and Marcin Matkowski in the men's doubles Poland has 'never had it so good.' Long may this situation last - it's fun following the success of the Polish players in the international arena - thank you all.
A deliberate slip of the tongue or was the timing just right? Caroline has progressed through another round of the US Open to reach the quarter finals and the Press, it seems, were more interested in her social status than her achievement - Caroline answered questions put to at her post-match interview :
"It’s a wonderful feeling to find myself in the quarter-finals in New York again. I love this tournament and adore being here – this is really big for me.
Question: You were at a different stage in your lives. But everybody grows up, and on the tour everybody becomes more professional, has their own teams. Can you look back on that kind of time and how different it was and maybe if you have any stories to share about that vacations with Aga and Angie?
Caroline responds : Actually, I don't think it's that different. We would still go on vacations, but the problem is like, you know, Aga is getting married, so then all of a sudden we're like, we just want a girls trip, but it's tough when everyone has their own thing." Source - Tenis24.eu
A clearly despondent Aga after her 4th round defeat by Ana Konjuh in the 2016 US Open - as she adjusts her microphone are we getting a glimpse of her engagement ring?
Aga to follow Andy Murray in the evening session on the prestigious (Centre Court) Arthur Ashe Stadium - what an honour on Labour Day!
Here's what they are saying - from the WTA website:
 Agnieszka Radwańska (POL #4) vs. Ana Konjuh (CRO #92) | Head-to-head: Radwańska leads, 1-0 | Key Stat: Radwańska is one of four players to have reached the round of 16 at all four majors this year (along with Serena Williams, Keys and Suárez Navarro).
The last time Agnieszka Radwańska and Ana Konjuh locked horns, intense drama ensued. The pair battled into extra time in the second round at Wimbledon this year, with Radwańska saving three match points in the final set before winning, 6-2, 4-6, 9-7. Making the experience all the more painful for Konjuh was the fact that she turned her ankle after stepping on a ball at 7-7 in the decider and was severely hobbled at the finish. Less than two months later promising 18-year-old Konjuh has put the past behind her and raced into the round of 16 at a major for the first time in her career. On Monday the youngest player remaining in the draw gets to try to erase the memory of a Wimbledon gone awry. Can she possibly produce the type of tennis that earned her the three match points against Radwańska at the All England Club? Or will the No.4 seed have the perfect game plan to ensure that Konjuh is kept at bay all day? | Pick: Radwańska in three
From the US Open website:
(4) Agnieszka Radwańska vs. Ana Konjuh
Radwańska and Konjuh were deadlocked at 7-7 in the third set of their second-round match this year at Wimbledon, when the Croat turned her ankle after stepping on a ball. She’s looking for a chance to gain revenge now and has been in top form throughout the tournament. Radwańska has inexplicably faded at the fourth-round stage of the US Open throughout her career, posting an 0-4 record. But she’s feeling confident after prevailing two weeks ago in New Haven and appears ready to finally right the ship. Radwańska in three tough sets.
No pressure then at these Championships?
Here's what they are saying - from the WTA website:
NEW YORK, NY, USA - Garbiñe Muguruza's shock exit to Anastasija Sevastova whittled down the number of contestants in the US Open's No.1 ranking sideshow to three: Serena Williams, Angelique Kerber and Agnieszka Radwańska.
As the tournament enters its opening weekend wtatennis.com updates the state of play in the race for top spot...
Serena Stays On Course: Serena Williams entered the US Open as the WTA World No.1 ranked player, a distinction she has held since February 18, 2013 - a streak that will extend to 186 consecutive weeks through the US Open, tying the WTA record for most consecutive weeks at No.1 held by Stefanie Graf (186 weeks, August 17, 1986 through March 10, 1991).
Overall, the fortnight of 2016 US Open is Serena Williams' 308th and 309th weeks at World No.1 - however she could lose her status at the top of the rankings at the completion of the US Open - with Angelique Kerber and Agnieszka Radwańska having a shot at deposing the 22-time Grand Slam champion and bidding to become the 22nd woman to sit atop the WTA Rankings since their introduction in November 1975
Williams held a 190 point advantage over Angelique Kerber going into the US Open but when last year's points are dropped (Williams reached SF, Kerber fell in 3r in 2015), Kerber has a 460-point advantage. Therefore, to remain at No.1, Williams will need to at least reach the semifinals and possibly advance further:
- If Kerber reaches the US Open quarterfinals by defeating Petra Kvitova today, Williams will need to reach the final to have a chance at keeping the No.1 ranking
- If Kerber advances to the US Open final, Williams will need to lift her 23rd Grand Slam title to hold on to the top spot.
Williams' ranking points have come from seven tournaments in the last 52 weeks - 2015 US Open (780), Australian Open (1300), Indian Wells (650), Miami (120), Rome (900), Roland Garros (1300) and Wimbledon (2000).
US Open Title Could Vault Radwańska To Top Spot: Agnieszka Radwańska also has a chance of taking the No.1 spot at the US Open. She needs to win the title to overhaul Kerber and Williams.
Aga receiving the Emirates Air Line US Open Series Trophy which she qualified for after her spectacular New Haven win
From their website on 27th August 2016 :
By E.J. Crawford
This year’s Emirates Airline US Open Series women’s championship came down to the wire, with Agnieszka Radwańska winning the Connecticut Open to steal the 2016 Series crown from Johanna Konta. Radwańska’s victory over Elina Svitolina in Saturday’s Connecticut Open final gave her 220 points in the summer season’s Bonus Challenge, matching Konta. The world No. 4 earned the Series title based on a tiebreaker – in this case head-to-head match up. Radwańska beat Konta in round of 16 in Cincinnati.
In addition to her victory in New Haven, Radwańska reached the quarterfinals at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati and the round of 16 at the Rogers Cup in Montreal. That was enough to edge Konta, who won the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford, Calif., to open the Series season and also reached the quarterfinals in Montreal and the round of 16 in Cincinnati. Rogers Cup champion Simona Halep finished third in the Series standings, with 145 points.
All three women are now eligible to add bonus prize money at the 2016 US Open. Radwańska would earn $1 million in bonus prize money should she claim her first Grand Slam title in Flushing Meadows, while Konta could add a maximum of $500,000 and Halep a max of $250,000.
A Champions smile in New Haven Connecticut! Image courtesy and © of AP
Top-seeded Agnieszka Radwańska defeated Elina Svitolina, 6-1, 7-6 (3). (AP)
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) Top-seeded Agnieszka Radwańska completed a dominating week at the Connecticut Open on Sunday, beating Elina Svitolina 6-1, 7-6 (3) in the final then spraying her coaches and friends with champagne. The Polish star didn’t drop a set during the tournament, her 19th WTA championship. She took control of the final from the start, winning 20 of the first 27 points, jumping out to a 5-0 lead. She ran the 21-year-old Ukrainian all over the court, chasing down shots and placing her own with pinpoint accuracy. Svitolina held off two set points in the sixth game, but Radwańska was able to serve out the set in 29 minutes.
”I was really feeling good this week,” Radwańska said. ”Everything was working. I was feeling very confident on that court.” The second set was much closer. It included three service breaks for each player and a 37-shot rally in the ninth game. Radwańska broke serve in that game to go up 5-4 and seemed to be in control, especially after Svitolina turned her ankle chasing a lob shot. But the 10th seed rallied, breaking back and going up 6-5. Radwańska saved two set points to force the tiebreaker, and took five of the last six points to win it.
Svitolina committed 36 unforced errors, including a backhand into the net to end the match. ”Set points, they come and go in five seconds,” Svitolina said. ”She served two big serves. She placed it really well.” Radwańska had never before made it past the quarterfinals in New Haven, but had a relatively easy trip this year that included a first round bye and straight set wins over Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia, lucky loser Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium and a 6-1, 6-1 semifinal victory over two-time champion Petra Kvitova. She becomes the first top seed to win since Caroline Wozniacki did it in 2011. The title is Radwańska’s second this season after taking the Shenzhen Open in China in January.
She takes home just over $130,000 for winning in Connecticut, but also earned enough points to clinch the U.S. Open Series bonus challenge. That means a chance for up to an extra $1 million, depending on her finish in New York next week, where she will be the No. 4 seed. ”So now it’s everything in my power to do good in the U.S. Open,” she said with a big grin. ”It will be worth it, right?” Svitolina, who beat Serena Williams in the third round at the Olympics, is now 4-1 in WTA finals, but this was her first at a Premier level event. She was playing this tournament for the fourth time and had never before made it out of the first round. She said it was a disappointing first set, but an otherwise encouraging week. ”There is no time to be sad because U.S. Open is just on Monday,” she said.
Disappointment clearly etched on her face - Aga bows out in the first round at the Olympics in Rio 2016
Carrying her national colours on her sporting garments - Aga will return, with Łukasz Kubot in the mixed doubles! - Images courtesy and © of PAP/EPA/Michael Reynolds
Alas this was also not the most successful partnership this year. Defeat hurts - says Aga!
Aga tells Grzegorz Wojnarowski of Sporting Facts (Poland) why she chose to play with Łukasz Kubot at this years Olympics -
"After losing in the first round of the singles, Agnieszka Radwańska, decided that her only hope of a medal at the Rio Olympics would be in the Mixed Doubles with Łukasz Kubot. How did she come to this decision?"
'After the 52 hour journey from Canada and a heavy cold on top to add to her woes it isn't such a great surprise that I lost 4-6 5-7 in the first round to a much lower ranked opponent, Zheng Saisai of China. Not for the first time did I find myself with a first round loss with no hope of gaining a medal of any colour except perhaps in the mixed. It was felt that owing to the loss and disappointment for a second time I might not want to compete in any other part of the competition still open to me. I was quick to dispel that theory and announced that I would play with Łukasz Kubot.
The Polish 'Queen' of Tennis was asked why she had not chosen Marcin Matkowski in preference to Łukasz Kubot?
"I just wanted to be fair - at the end of the day I wasn't really in a good position to make any demands and the reality is that the highest ranked player I could have called on was Jerzy Janowicz. My decision was based on the fact that as I had partnered Marcin in London and this time I would approach Łukasz.' explained Agnieszka Radwańska.
"Have you ever flown from New York to Rio via Lisbon? Feels like a never-ending story
Leciał ktoś kiedyś z Nowego Jorku do Rio przez Lizbonę? Drugi dzień w podróży i końca nie widać"
Maybe she's remembering the 2012 Olympics in London where all she had to worry about were her nails - image courtesy of the Tennis Boulevard blog
Rio 2016 – 52 hours spent wandering the globe. Agnieszka Radwańska tells us about her journey to Rio.
After her 1st round defeat by Zheng Saisai (China) at the Rio Olympics Agnieszka Radwańska opened up to Polish journalists about her journey to Brazil and here’s what she had to say:
The delays began in Montreal (Canada). We waited for an hour, then two then three. Together with other competitors going to Rio we began to feel a bit apprehensive. Eventually we were able to board the plane and were fairly certain we’d get there in time. There were 24 of us, all on this plane, with connecting flights from New York to Rio. The plane was delayed a further 90 minutes on the runway as it was oversubscribed.
In New York we rivalled Usain Bolt – I’ve never run so fast in my life, let alone with two heavy bags to carry. I ran across the length of the airport which must have been about two kilometres, and when I got to my departures gate, dripping wet, I met an immovable obstacle. The air stewardess absolutely refused to allow me on board and insisted I report to the carrier desk. Once again I ran to the designated area only to find 300 people ahead of me in the queue!
They moved me to the ‘hot’ line whilst I was on one phone to my American agent and my Polish agent on the other, who took my call, despite it being 5am in Poland. But, neither of them was able to help and I stood in line until 1am hanging on to the phones. When we finally reached the desk we were given a voucher for a hotel on Long Island which is at least an hours drive from the airport. I won’t repeat how eloquent I was in my pleas.
The re-booked tickets that I was offered were for a flight leaving New York for Rio on Friday evening which would have meant I wouldn’t have been in time for my scheduled match. On that occasion I did say what I thought about the situation but nothing could be done as all the flights, by this time, were backed up. So we began looking for alternative routes and found a potential one via Paris but nothing came of that as a result of strike action taken by airport personnel.
So we grabbed our luggage and asked if there were any hotels closer to the airport than the one that had been offered. Without even checking the attendant stated that everywhere was full. So we piled into a taxi and started to look for local hotels en route; most of them were genuinely full but I took a chance and tried one final one before heading for Long Island and this one had a vacancy. We got to bed at 2.30am. As soon as I woke up I was back onto my agents and the only possibility appeared to be Lisbon and I decided to go for it!
In the meantime we discovered that our luggage would not be released because it had already been loaded onto an alternative scheduled flight and whose airline offices weren’t open until 14.00 hours. As our flight had been booked for 17.00 hours out of Newark there was no reasonable hope of a quick solution and we decided to continue with our original plan. In Lisbon we waited a further 5 hours and from there finally reached Brazil. Amazingly, my luggage was waiting for me there.
We got onto a bus and discovered that there was a bomb scare; needless to say I was in the bus that had just reached the entrance to the Olympic arena and so after 52 hours of rushing about like a mad thing I had a further two hour delay stuck on a bus.’ stated Agnieszka as she reached the end of her nightmare story.
So after such a horrendous journey without any recovery time it's little wonder that Radwańska really wasn’t in a fit state to compete. She lost 4-6, 5-7 to the little known Chinese competitor and for the second time in a row failed to proceed beyond the first round of the Olympic Games
(My own translation)
Arguably the best women's match was played out between Aga and the diminutive Dominika Cibulkova on Court 3 on 'manic' Monday. It can only be assumed that this match was made available on a public court so that their fans could see them outside of the cloistered Centre and No. 1 courts - but on the other hand - what were the Committee thinking of? The highest remaining female seed other than Serena Williams couldn't get a look in on the major show courts! She uncharacteristically (after a court change) made it onto Centre with the roof closed to keep the schedule up to date - even after the departure of the No.2 women's seed - Aga was still banished to the outside courts!
Poland's Agnieszka Radwańska, right, embraces Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova after losing her women's singles fourth round match on Day 8 of the 2016 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 4, 2016.Image courtesy and © of AFP / GLYN KIRK
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'Cieszę się, że mogę reprezentować Polskę na całym świecie, i że moje nazwisko jest marką' – powiedziała Agnieszka Radwańska, odbierając statuetkę. Zapytana o radę dla twórców marek, druga rakieta świata odpowiedziała bez zawahania: 'Praca, praca i jeszcze raz praca. Na pstryknięcie nie ma sukcesu w żadnej branży.'
'I'm thrilled to be able to represent Poland globally and that my surname is a benchmark for excellence' said Agnieszka Radwańska receiving her award. Asked how she achieved her personal best, the no. 2 tennis player in the world had no hesitation is adding 'Work, work and more work. You can't just snap your fingers and expect success in any profession/industry.'
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17. maja, podczas uroczystej gali, statuetki X jubileuszowej edycji Superbrands odebrali przedstawiciele 42 najsilniejszych marek na polskim rynku. Nagroda honorowa za szczególne zasługi dla promocji marki „Polska” w świecie trafiła w ręce Agnieszki Radwańskiej! Galę zorganizowaną w siedzibie Muzeum Historii Żydów Polskich POLIN poprowadziły: Nina Kowalewska-Motlik i Alicja Resich-Modlińska. Dla gości wystąpił duet: Kasia Stankiewicz (śpiew) i Aleksander Dębicz (fortepian).
„Agnieszka Radwańska - za to, że odnosi sukcesy na arenie międzynarodowej i przynosi dumę Polakom”; „za to, co już osiągnęła w sporcie(…) i za to, co jeszcze osiągnie”, „za jej wytrwałość, za to, że jest ambasadorem polskości w świecie”; „[za to, że] dzięki niej Polska jako kraj jest obecna na światowych imprezach sportowych” – to tylko niektóre z odpowiedzi respondentów badania przeprowadzonego przez Instytut Badawczy ARC Rynek i Opinia na pytanie o „Polaka, który daje najwięcej powodów do dumy”. Eksperci Rady Marek dodali od siebie „nie tylko [za] wyniki sportowe, ale także rzadką wśród sportowców elokwencję i urok osobisty (…), a także najbardziej widowiskowy w kobiecym tenisie styl gry (…), dużo dramaturgii i serca zostawianego na korcie”.
- Cieszę się, że mogę reprezentować Polskę na całym świecie, i że moje nazwisko jest marką – powiedziała Agnieszka Radwańska, odbierając statuetkę. Zapytana o radę dla twórców marek, druga rakieta świata odpowiedziała bez zawahania: - Praca, praca i jeszcze raz praca. Na pstryknięcie nie ma sukcesu w żadnej branży.
W ubiegłych latach nagrodę honorową Superbrands odebrali m.in. Robert Lewandowski (za promowanie wizerunku nowoczesnej marki Polski za granicą), Lech Wałęsa (jako najsilniejsza polska marka w świecie), Leszek Balcerowicza (za Plan Balcerowicza, dzięki któremu krajowe marki mogą skutecznie konkurować na polskim rynku z najsilniejszymi markami międzynarodowymi) i... Fryderyk Chopin - 200-letnia polska marka w dwusetną rocznicę urodzin kompozytora.
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Aga replaces Serena Williams to become No. 1 seed (earning the rosette on her image) but her statistics are a little out of date!
The WTA Rankings announced on 11th April 2016
Unfortunately Aga had to pull out of the prestigious Katowice Open due to injury, however she has not been wasting her time and has been training with fellow Polish Tennis Player Michał Przysiężny who himself is recovering from injury.
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Ever smiling - Aga charms everyone - image © Sportowe Fakty
l to r Aga, Ana Ivanovic, Caroline Wozniacki, Simona Halep and Serena Williams
Images © WTA
Just a bit of fun - 'Aga's Boys' - they moved with Tiller Girls precision when their 'Boss Lady' created magic on court!
Classic pose expected by all!
Queen of the Courts in Shenzhen
Always time to acknowledge her fans - Aga fools around with a magic wand? (in place of her racket) - Images © Shenzhen Open
From the WTA website: A day after securing a return to World No.4 - just in time for a Top 4 seed at the Australian Open - Agnieszka Radwańska won her 18th WTA title at the Shenzhen Open.
Published January 09, 2016 12:14
SHENZHEN, China - A day after securing a return to World No.4 - just in time for a Top 4 seed at the Australian Open - Agnieszka Radwańska won the 18th WTA title of her career at the Shenzhen Open. By reaching the final at the International-level event, Radwańska secured herself of passing Maria Sharapova for No.4 on the WTA Rankings, which guarantees her a coveted Top 4 seed in Melbourne.
And as if that weren't enough, the No.1-seeded Pole played near-flawless tennis to win the title on Saturday afternoon, cruising past Alison Riske in the final in an hour and 16 minutes, 6-3, 6-2. "I think Alison was really playing solid tennis today," Radwańska said. "She has a very powerful game from the baseline - I was really struggling from the baseline. I was really in a lot of trouble there. "But my serve really helped me today. Also in the deciding points I was a little bit better, and I think that's why the score was the way it was - it made it look easier than the actual match was."
Radwańska has now won 22 of 26 matches since the US Open, picking up her 15th through 18th WTA titles at Tokyo [Pan Pacific], Tianjin, the WTA Finals and Shenzhen. She's now 18-7 in WTA finals. The former World No.2 is hoping to come back to Shenzhen - and not just to defend the title.
"It was my first time here, but I actually didn't have much time to see the city. I came here pretty late. Each night I was enjoying different dinners, but didn't have much time to enjoy the city. "So I think because of that, I really have to come back here to Shenzhen!"
Radwańska will now head to Sydney for one last round of matches before the Australian Open.
"It's the beginning of the year, so we're all fresh compared to the end of the year. I'm feeling good," Radwańska commented. "Also I have a bye there, so I'll have a couple of days off right now."
Aga - voted as Poland's Sports Personality of the Year 2015
Aga and the candidates for Poland's Sports Personality of the Year 2015
Przez (by) Kacper Kaczmarek - Gru (December) 5, 2015
Agnieszka Radwańska to pierwszy kandydat Polskiego-Sportu.pl na Najlepszego Sportowca Roku, którego sylwetkę poznacie już dzisiaj. Zanim przejdziemy jednak do głównej zainteresowanej, przypomnijmy, że na najlepszą polską tenisistkę i 19 innych nominowanych do 25 grudnia możecie głosować TUTAJ.
Agnieszka Radwańska to najlepsza polska tenisistka, która nieprzerwanie od 2008 roku reprezentuje Polskę na najwyższym światowym poziomie w rywalizacji tenisistek. Urodzona w Krakowie 6 marca 1989r. zawodniczka ma na swoim koncie już 17 turniejowych zwycięstw, z czego kolejne 3 dołożyła w niedawno zakończonym sezonie. W 2012 roku po wimbledońskim finale zanotowała najwyższe zajmowane miejsce w rankingu WTA, kiedy przez kilka tygodni okupowała pozycję wice liderki rankingu. W ubiegłorocznym Plebiscycie Polskiego-Sportu Radwańska znalazła się poza czołową „10”, czy w tym roku stać ją na końcowe zwycięstwo? Nic, bez waszych głosów!
Chyba nikt w lutym, czy maju nie przypuściłby sytuacji, że Agnieszka Radwańska pod koniec 2015 roku mogłaby walczyć o tytuł Najlepszego Sportowca Roku. Oprócz nieoficjalnego mistrzostwa świata par mieszanych, wywalczonego wraz z Jerzym Janowiczem w australijskim Perth, rezultaty Polki osiągane w przeciągu kilku pierwszych miesięcy sezonu pozostawiały wiele do życzenia, a jej pozycja w rankingu WTA z każdym tygodniem znacząco słabła.
Z odsieczą dla krakowianki przyszedł jednak ulubiony sezon na trawie, który przyniósł długo wyczekiwane efekty w grze Polki, trenowane przez jakiś czas z jedną z najlepszych tenisistek w historii – Martiną Navratilovą. Półfinał Wimbledonu z pasjonującym pojedynkiem z Garbine Muguruzą potwierdził powrót Agnieszki do ścisłej światowej czołówki i ponownie rozbudził apetyty na spore sukcesy w wykonaniu najlepszej polskiej tenisistki.
Po kilkutygodniowym odpoczynku, tenisistki powróciły do rywalizacji za oceanem, a w cyklu US Open Series Radwańska zaliczyła sporo solidnych występów, notując kilka ćwierćfinałów i półfinałów. W imprezie najważniejszej jakim był wielkoszlemowy US Open ponownie nie poszło jej jednak najlepiej…
Po kolejnej krótkiej przerwie przyszedł czas na ostatni akord sezonu, czyli tournee po Azji. Radwańska zaprezentowała w nim bajeczną formę, imponując stylem na każdym kroku. Dzięki turniejowym zwycięstwom w Tokio i Tianjinie i półfinale w Pekinie, w wielkim stylu po raz siódmy z rzędu zakwalifikowała się do kończącego sezon turnieju Masters. W Singapurze po dwóch porażkach w fazie grupowej, w spotkaniu z Simoną Halep była o 2 piłki od odpadnięcia z dalszej rywalizacji, jednak powstała jak feniks z popiołu i przy pomocy Marii Szarapowej w fantastyczny sposób zameldowała się w półfinale.
Po kolejnym fenomenalnym spotkaniu z Hiszpanką Garbine Muguruzą, Radwańska po raz pierwszy w historii stanęła przed szansą wywalczenia tytułu MASTERS, który byłby zarazem największym triumfem w karierze 26-latki z Krakowa.
W finale po kolejnym pasjonującym i bardzo emocjonującym pojedynku z Czeszką Petrą Kvitovą Radwańska stała się królową Singapuru i najlepszą tenisistką sezonu 2015! Polka potwierdziła, że charakteryzuje ją ogromny hart ducha i wola walki. To wszystko mimo nie najlepszego startu doprowadziło ją do ogromnego końcowego triumfu, który miejmy nadzieję otworzy Polce drogę do kolejnych wielkich sukcesów na czele z wielkoszlemowym zwycięstwem!
Wszystko to zatem jednoznacznie wskazuje, że tytuł Najlepszego Sportowca Roku wg czytelników Polskiego-Sportu należy się Radwańskiej nie mniej niż pozostałej „19” pretendentów do tego tytułu. Swój głos na swojego kandydata możecie oddać TUTAJ.
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Party.pl say "Po wygraniu najważniejszego turnieju w karierze – turnieju Masters w Singapurze, Agnieszka Radwańska chce powalczyć o tytuł najlepszej tenisistki świata. Ale to nie koniec planów Radwańskiej na przyszły rok! Mówi się bowiem, że już niedługo Agnieszka zamierza poślubić swojego narzeczonego i sparingpartnera Dawida Celta.
(After winning her biggest tournament to date - the Masters in Singapore, Agnieszka Radwańska aims to become the best female tennis player in the world. But that isn't her only plan for next year. It is very likely that Agnieszka intends to marry her fiancé and sparring partner David Celt.')
Kiedy ślub Radwańskiej? (When will Radwańska's weeding take place?)
Jak dowiedział się „Flesz”, ceremonia jest wstępnie planowana na 2017 rok! Gdzie się odbędzie? Tego jeszcze nie wiadomo, ale zakochani biorą pod uwagę Kraków, czyli rodzinne miasto Agnieszki."
('Flesz' has discovered that the ceremony is planned for 2017. Where will it be? Not yet known, but the lovers are certainly considering Agnieszka's home town of Kraków.)
Personal note - I do hope it is Kraków - my mother's home time and one of the most beautiful places on earth - congratulations Aga!
l to r - Agnieszka Radwańska (singles), Martina Hingis and Sania Mirza 'Santina' (doubles) Champions 2015
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Historical Aga here