Radwanska Safely Into Second Round
Published June 29, 2016 12:14
With the roof closed, Radwanska was free to dip into her box of tricks safe in the knowledge that the elements would not intervene. Her only moment of frustration came as the finishing line beckoned, an audacious backwards lob finding the net on her first match point.
Hawk-Eye scuppered her second but this merely delayed the inevitable, the Pole closing out a 6-2, 6-1 victory after an hour on court when Kozlova's forehand found the tape.
"A one-hour match is always good, especially because the weather means we may play every day, so I am happy with that," Radwanska said. "It's like an indoor tournament sometimes. You have to get used to that, it's a little bit different, but without the sun and wind it's a different game and I am happy to win."
Tuesday's rain meant that Kozlova's Wimbledon debut, originally scheduled for No.2 Court, would now take place on the grandest stage of all. And as the Ukrainian was acclimatizing to her surroundings, Radwanska, appearing at the All England Club for an 11th time, was busy forging 4-0 ahead.
By the time Kozlova got on the board the following game, the set was already over as a contest. Kozlova started the second brightly, holding to love, but this proved to be a false dawn as Radwanska ruthlessly quashed any hopes of a comeback.
"With the weather, I was really lucky to play on Centre and get the match done," Radwanska added. "I've played with the roof closed a couple of times. It's really humid. But of course I like it, especially when I'm already delayed by a day. I was mentally ready to go on Tuesday, then rain. The more roofs at the Slams, the better."
Radwanska, who will face Ana Konjuh or Karin Knapp next, has come within touching distance of Wimbledon glory on a couple of occasions, most notably in 2012 when she lost to Serena Williams in the final. "I am trying every year to do better and better," she said. "I was close to winning the title a couple of times, it's another year to try and hopefully I can do better."