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Radwanska Leads Poland Into Play-Offs

Agnieszka Radwanska, the only Top 8 player competing in Fed Cup this past weekend, led Poland into the World Group Play-offs for the first time since 1994. Argentina and France advanced too.

Published February 09, 2014 12:14

Radwanska Leads Poland Into Play-Offs
Agnieszka Radwanska

Agnieszka Radwanska led Poland into the World Group Play-offs in Fed Cup by BNP Paribas over the weekend, the furthest Poland has progressed in the international competition in 20 years.

Radwanska recorded all three points in Poland's World Group II tie against Sweden, beating Johanna Larsson and Sofia Arvidsson in the singles rubbers, 61 62 and 64 61, and, with Alicja Rosolska, beating Arvidsson and Larsson in the deciding doubles rubber, 62 62. They won by a 3-2 margin.

"The scores look easy but it wasn't that easy," Radwanska said. "I had to work hard on every action and every point and I had to run a lot, but in the important moments I think we were a bit better.

"The other Polish girls and I are all really good friends and we've known each other for so many years, so we always enjoy playing Fed Cup together. We always have a great atmosphere on the team, which is a very important thing. And we'll do everything in our power to get to the World Group this year."

Poland is now through to the World Group Play-offs, which is the first time they've gotten out of World Group II and zonal competition since 1994. That year they fell in the first round of the World Group.

"I'm very, very happy that we have our first opportunity in a long time to get to the World Group," Radwanska said. "We've been struggling for a couple of years in the zone groups and couldn't really go higher, but we're very excited now. I'm really, really looking forward to it. I hope we can do it."

What did Radwanska do between the Australian Open, where she made the semifinals, and Fed Cup?

"I had a couple of days off after the Australian Open, but then I went right back on the court. At the beginning of the season there isn't much time for a break, so I got right back to practicing hard to get ready for Fed Cup and the Doha and Dubai tournaments, which are coming up right after this."

The World No.4 was the only Top 8 player competing in Fed Cup action this past weekend.

Two other World Group II ties that wrapped up earlier in the day were Argentina's 3-1 win over Japan and France's 3-2 win over Switzerland. Those two teams were led by Paula Ormaechea, who isn't just Argentina's No.1 but also South America's No.1, and French No.1 Alizé Cornet, respectively.

Elsewhere, Canada completed a 3-1 win over Serbia, with Eugenie Bouchard and Aleksandra Wozniak sweeping all three singles rubbers played and the Serbians winning the dead doubles rubber later.

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