SINGAPORE - No.2 seed Agnieszka Radwanska is rested and ready to to mount a strong title defense at the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global. Currently ranked No.3 and in good form after winning the China Open two weeks ago, Radwanska says her career-best run to the title in Singapore last fall still feels like yesterday.
"Of course, it's always great to be back in the place that you have a lot of good memories," Radwanska told reporters during All-Access Hour on Saturday. "As you know, time flies, so I really feel like it was a week ago. It's always great to come back, especially [as]I really hope that I can still play my best tennis here and try to do the same [as last year]."
While much of the focus on Radwanska's recent surge has been on her success through Asia, her initial improvements began over the summer on North American hardcourts. She is 21-4 since the Olympic break, winning two titles at the Connecticut Open and Beijing. She comes into Singapore on an eight-match win streak.
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"I think I had really great couple of weeks in Asia, so I'm feeling good. I'm pretty confident," she said. "I just hope I can keep it up and really play the same good tennis that I was playing especially in the China Open.
"There is always a little bit more pressure when you really have to defend a big title, a lot of points. But on the other hand, when you're Top 5, Top 10, you're pretty much defending every week, more or less. So just trying not to really think about it and of course just try to repeat what I did last year."
Radwanska will begin her campaign on Monday when the White Group gets underway, but as of Saturday morning she did not know who she would be playing. Radwanska is set to play the No.8 qualifier, which will be either Johanna Konta or Svetlana Kuznetsova. The Russian can knock Konta out of the eighth qualifying spot if she wins the Kremlin Cup on Saturday. The uncertainty shouldn't bother the Pole. Tennis players regularly get less than 24 hours' notice of their opponent during regular tournament weeks.
"I think it's always very interesting because pretty much every match is 50/50 and you're really going to see good tennis," Radwanska said.
And will there be any more trick shots on tap in Singapore for the WTA's Hot Shots leader? Radwanska explained the technique behind her signature style.
"Well, I think sometimes when you have this half a second to think what you going to do with the shot, I think most of the players maybe will hit as strong as possible," she said. "I'm the one maybe just to want to do something else, because I can't really hit as strong as the others. So that's why I was always trying to do something else. Just use my hands."