US Open Contender: Agnieszka Radwanska
Published August 19, 2013 12:00
Titles Won (2): Auckland, Sydney
Grand Slam Performances: Australian Open (Quarterfinals), French Open (Quarterfinals), Wimbledon (Semifinals)
Win/Loss Record: 39-13
Record Against Top 10: 4-6
US Open History: Fourth Round (2012, 2008, 2007), Second Round (2011, 2010, 2009, 2006)
Now an established member of the WTA's elite, the Pole will be expected to improve on this record on her upcoming visit to Flushing Meadows, where she will be seeded No.4.
Last year in New York, a physically and mentally exhausted Radwanska finally ran out of gas in the last 16 against Roberta Vinci, and, despite another busy summer, she is feeling fresh this time around. After a painful semifinal loss to an inspired Sabine Lisicki at Wimbledon, the 24-year-old headed back to her native Poland to recharge her batteries ahead of the trip across the Atlantic.
"I think what I did is just rest for a week," Radwanska said. "So it was just that I relaxed and I did things - other than tennis, of course!
"I was home in Krakow. I didn't go anywhere. I think, when we are traveling so much, I think it was enough for me to just to stay home and recover a bit. But it was just one week, and then of course I had to come back on court and start to practice again."
She followed this up with a semifinal in Toronto and quarterfinals in Carlsbad and Cincinnati, leaving her match tight and quietly confident about her chances.
"Every week is different story - different balls, different courts and conditions - but definitely I feel very good, and I think every match I have been playing better. Of course you never know how many matches you will play in these few weeks, but I think, you know, playing a lot is a good problem to have, so hopefully I'm putting myself in a good position for the US Open."