KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia - On Thursday afternoon, Agnieszka Radwanska finally won her first round match at the BMW Malaysian Open after a two-day battle with Akgul Amanmuradova and the weather. A few hours later she was back on court to defeat Karolina Pliskova and reach the quarterfinals.
Radwanska is enjoying the most successful period of her career at present, and it seems not even the tropical rainstorms that have engulfed the Bukit Kiara Resort this week can jolt her from her stride.
These latest two victories take the Pole's win-loss record for the year to 17-3, although she was made to work for them; Amanmuradova was defeated 62 64, while qualifier Pliskova pushed Radwanska even harder before going down, 64 64.
"Playing two games is tough, especially under these humid conditions," Radwanska said. "I've not had much rest too as I have been playing for several weeks now. My shoulder feels sore as a result of this but hopefully it is not too bad.
"When I enter any tournament, I give it my all hoping to win it. It is just the same here. I'm happy to be playing good tennis too."
Someone else playing good tennis is Olivia Rogowska. Prior to arriving in Malaysia, Rogowska had never been beyond the second round of a WTA tournament. However, this all changed on Thursday, when she came from a set and a service break down to defeat defending champion and fellow Australian Jelena Dokic, 36 64 76(2).
"I didn't start off playing my best tennis," Rogowska said. "I was nervous and making many mistakes. The second set didn't go well at the beginning, but I knew I had to keep up with her and thankfully I managed to get back and force a third set. She got nervous towards the end and I took advantage of it and it is great to record a win."
Joining Rogowska and Radwanska in the quarterfinals is No.2 seed Jelena Jankovic. After fending off three match points to defeat Caroline Garcia earlier in the week, Jankovic had a more routine outing in the second round, easing past Jill Craybas, 62 60.
"I never expected the match to be that easy. I did what I do for every match. I went in focused and played an aggressive match," Jankovic said. "I had to play hard and the match wasn't as easy as it looked. It is never easy playing in these hot conditions too."
Meeting Jankovic next is No.6 seed Ayumi Morita, who won her all-Japanese clash with Misaki Doi, 76(6) 62. Also advancing to the last eight were No.3 seed Peng Shuai and Eleni Daniilidou, after wins over Jarmila Gajdosova and Kristyna Pliskova respectively.