SINGAPORE - With the countdown to WTA Finals in full swing, it's getting down to the wire for players who have yet to book their ticket to Singapore. But Agnieszka Radwanska's not worried.
In fact it's a familiar position for her - this time last year, she wasn't even in the Top 10 on the Road to Singapore Leaderboard. Currently at No.4, Radwanska is hoping a strong showing in Asia can help her secure a return to the scene of the biggest win of her career.
In a column for Singapore's Straits Times, Radwanska reflected on last year's wild journey to the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global, where her last-minute qualification ended with a surprise run to the title:
"I'm really looking forward to going back to Singapore. The first time I ever went there was just two years ago for the first edition of the WTA Finals in Singapore. I was immediately struck by just how convenient the city was for the event, especially since we were already finishing the season in Asia.
"We stayed at the Marina Bay Sands and all the great restaurants and shopping were right next to us, so it was easy to relax between our matches.
"Being able to unwind is so important and it's something I really came to understand last year.
"I was on the bubble to qualify for the WTA Finals and I knew I would have to play a heavy schedule in Asia to qualify. I ended up winning two tournaments and making the China Open semi-finals so, by the time I landed in Singapore, I was exhausted. I was so tired I didn't even bother practising between matches. I spent my time relaxing by the pool at the hotel because I was so drained mentally and physically.
"So you can imagine my surprise when I went on to win the tournament. Maybe practice is over-rated."
Click here to read Radwanska's full column in The Straits Times - where she also reflects on what Kerber's rise to WTA World No.1 means for the rest of the tour and how she applied last year's learnings to her 2016 Singapore campaign.