TORONTO, Canada - Agnieszka Radwanska shrugged off an injury-addled 2017 season with a comprehensive win over CoCo Vandweghe at the Rogers Cup, and couldn’t be more relieved to have gotten her US Open Series off to a good start.
“I had some problems with my health, tennis injury plus health, a lot of viruses,” she told WTA Insider after the match. “At the moment I’m healthy and happy about that. I had so many breaks during the season, without preparation on clay, before grass, or even here.”
Radwanska revealed she had been struggling with a foot injury for over a year, needing injections and further treatment after Wimbledon, where she reached the Round of 16.
“I was losing so much weight, and it’s hard to get back to your 100% shape. I couldn’t do much, but I did all I could do. Hopefully I will feel better and better, and more confident on court.
“Hopefully I won’t do any more damage at the end of the year, especially on all the hardcourt tournaments in a row. I never wanted to miss too much, but at the end of the day, you end up having to skip weeks anyway to recover.”
For all the ups and downs on the court, it’s been an exciting year for the former World No.2 elsewhere, marrying her longtime boyfriend and hitting partner, Dawid Celt in front of fellow WTA stars Angelique Kerber and Caroline Wozniacki.
“It was a great weekend. It didn’t change any of my plans, but I’m obviously very happy that Caro and Angie could come. I couldn’t imagine a wedding without them! I’m happy all the Polish players were there as well.”
Jetsetting around the world wouldn’t typically lend itself to ensuring a seamless ceremony, but Radwanska had a little help along the way.
“I had a really good wedding planner, so I can thank her for doing everything for me. I didn’t have to do much. I got to wear sneakers at the end of the wedding, so I went from high heels, then lower and lower, to finally running shoes!”
Putting the foot issues aside, she nonetheless managed to put on a choreographed first dance, set to a slew of the year’s biggest songs.
“We tried to do something different, something cool. We only had a few lessons, and hopefully people liked it!”
Radwanska also released her first book, a biography that was, according to the 2015 BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global champion, years in the making.
“I’m very happy about that, as well. I’ve been asking for a book since I won junior Wimbledon in 2005. But I wanted to have a book at a point where I could have something to say after all these years on tour. I think all of my experiences make the book very interesting.”
Promising to include a fair share of funny anecdotes and childhood photos, Radwanska built the writing process into her already-busy schedule, taking a strong hand in making sure the book gave the clearest possible picture of her life so far.
“With my busy schedule, we had to book appointments. Each interview was two hours, and we had maybe 10 or 12 of those sessions, maybe even more. I read the book so many times, trying to add things, changing other things to make sure my point of view and the right specifics came across.
“I just wanted to show people my personality, on and off the court, and how difficult this life is,” she added in post-match press. “I think some people can’t really imagine how it is to be here. It’s not about one match, but the whole day you spend working towards it and all the time since we were kids. I was trying to explain everything in the book, what pro sports are really like from every angle. I didn’t avoid any questions because I wanted to be honest about everything."
Radwanska next plays Timea Babos for a spot in the third round, where Wozniacki looms as possible opponent.