All-Radwanska Third Round Clash Thwarted
Published May 29, 2013 12:01
PARIS, France - An all-Radwanska third round clash was broken up Wednesday, as big sister moved on but little sister didn't - elsewhere, the tournament saw its first Top 10 player sent packing.
Earlier in the day both Radwanska sisters took to the terre battue for their second round matches - No.4-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska was the first to take the court and had few problems with Mallory Burdette, hitting 14 winners to just five unforced errors en route to a 67-minute, 63 62 victory.
Radwanska won 68% of the points on her first serve but perhaps even more impressively she won 61% of the points on the traditionally-weaker second serve - she was asked about that in her presser.
"It depends who is on the other side of the court, but sometimes you have to risk more on the second serve, and sometimes you can just put the ball into the court," Radwanska said. "And the surface is also very important, like especially on grass courts you really have to have a good second serve."
And if someone takes a bit cut at her serve - or just at any of her shots, really - Radwanska has a special weapon, a weapon pretty unique to the tour, her personalized squat shot from the baseline.
"I don't know if you can teach that - it's just a reaction for the big returns, actually," Radwanska explained. "When it's a very deep return, very fast, then I don't have time to go back, so then I just do the squat and it's like a half volley and it's pretty fast - it's just a reaction to their shots really."
"I think I played pretty solid," Pfizenmaier said afterwards. "I had a lot of confidence from the last weeks and the last few matches. I think I was the better player today. It was a really good match."
Pfizenmaier is playing in the main draw of a Grand Slam for the second time - she reached the second round of Roland Garros last year, and now she is through to the third round. "It was very difficult during the qualies and the first round, and now it's really a dream," she said. "Before coming here I was just hoping I would get into the main draw, and now I'm third round. I've been having a lot of fun."
Pfizenmaier will be playing the World No.4 for the first time - what are her plans for the match?
"I have no expectations," she said. "Maybe I'll watch some videos on YouTube or ask some players; maybe she's playing like her sister. But I just want to have fun - maybe we'll be on a big court."
Caroline Wozniacki, a good friend of the Radwanskas and the No.10 seed, became the first Top 10 player to go down, losing to Bojana Jovanovski, 76(2) 63. The match seemed to turn at the end of the first set as Jovanovski won eight straight points from 5-6, 0-30 to hold serve and take control of the tie-break. She reeled off the first three games of the second set and never really looked back.
Jovanovski scored her third Top 10 win, having beaten a No.7-ranked Jelena Jankovic at Beijing in 2010 and a No.9-ranked Wozniacki just a few weeks ago in Rome. Wozniacki was ranked No.10 here.
The Dane talked about the loss afterwards. "I wasn't consistent enough out there," she said. "She was hitting the ball every time and going for her shots, and I didn't get to play the game I wanted to. I didn't get her to move around enough. You know, then all of a sudden you're in trouble out there.
"It hasn't been the best clay season for me. Obviously I would have liked to play longer and play better, but it wasn't to be, so now I have to go back and practice and try to prepare for Wimbledon.
"It's always tough to say, but I definitely feel like clay is probably not my favorite surface."