Tag Archives: Agnieszka Radwanska

2013 US Open Quallies, Final Round

25 Aug


Here are more pictures from the last round of US Open Quallies. There is a mix of today’s stars practicing as well as the players from the qualification tournament. Let’s test out the tennis crack whore in you as I will not label any of the pictures. How many can you name? You can look at the “tags” if you want some help.

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I will not make you guess who is in the following two pictures because I think she deserves special attention. This was the first time I had the opportunity to watch a 20 year old Serbian woman named Aleksandra Krunic play, and I am expecting big things from her. Ladies and gentleman, please meet Aleksandra Krunic.

Aleksandra Krunic US Open 2013

Aleksandra Krunic serving. See the ball?

Aleksandra Krunic of Serbia

Fluid service motion by Aleksandra Krunic

 

Agnieszka Qualifies!!! AND Keeping Up With The Safinas

21 Oct

Since Marion Bartoli pulled out of her quarterfinal match against Elena Vesnina today, Agnieszka Radwanska does in fact qualify for the Tour Championships in Istanbul. Bartoli had a viral illness and explained “I think my whole body needed a break and I was trying till the end, but yesterday during my match I already didn’t feel very good. But I still had a bit of energy left so it was enough.  This morning I had so much pain in my whole body, in my neck. I couldn’t even warm up today. So I knew it would be very difficult. But it has been a very long season and I really tried to play till the very end but that was it for me.”

Yesterday before she pulled out but perhaps knowing her ultimate fate said, “I am absolutely satisfied with this season which I am almost sure to finish in the top-10. Even getting to Istanbul as a substitute is a big achievement at the moment.” Both Marion Bartoli and Andrea Petkovic will be the two alternates in Istanbul, and in recent years the alternates have actually seen round-robin play so they should be prepared.

Agnieszka was relieved to qualify today and stated, “I’m so happy to finally qualify for the Championships as one of the Top 8 singles players. Just a few weeks ago I didn’t think I had a chance of qualifying and am now so happy to end my season in Istanbul.”

In unrelated news, I thought you might enjoy some recent pictures of what the Safin Siblings have been up to. Dinara has not retired like Marat had announced, but she did enjoy some time at IKEA last week. And as you will also see, Marat just keeps flapping his gums to anyone who will listen.

dinara safina ikea

Marat Safin and Davydenko

Agnieszka Radwanska Loses, Bartoli Still Alive For Istanbul

19 Oct

After Radwanska won Tokyo and Beijing back to back, she seemed a shoo-in to qualify as one of the Elite 8 to play in the Tour Championships in Istanbul. With Petkovic injured, the only one who could even think of catching Aga was Marion Bartoli. The Frenchwoman would not only need to go undefeated over the last two weeks of the season, but Agnieszka also had to go winless. With Radwanska not scheduled to play last week, Marion really turned on the pressure when she won the title in Osaka.

No big deal, right? Bartoli would have to win the Kremlin Cup AND Radwanska would have to lose her opening match for Marion to qualify. Not likely. Things got a bit dicier when the draw came out, and Radwanska was not happy to see that she would have to face Lucie Safarova. Not only was Lucie the highest ranked player not seeded, but more importantly she owned a 3-1 record over Aga including their only match this year. The pressure was on.

Radwanska raced to a 3-0 lead, but she clearly looked nervous as the match proceeded. Lucie then began to dominate and won 15 straight points on serve as she came from behind to win the first set. Radwanska’s head was not in Moscow, this match was all about Istanbul. She somehow squeaked out the second despite still looking shaky, but Lucie was able to hang on by a score of 64 46 64.

With Osaka Trophy, Moscow Next?

Marion still needs to handle the pressure of winning the title in Moscow, but what was once a hope and a prayer is now a legitimate chance to make the Elite 8. Both players have never qualified directly for the Tour Championships, and yet both have played and won matches as alternates. Bartoli replaced an injured Serena in 2007 to beat Jelena Jankovic but failed to proceed to the semis due to her 6-0 6-0 loss to Justine who was eager to avenge the Wimbledon loss that year to Marion. Radwanska won both of her round-robin matches with wins over Kuznetzova and Azarenka in 2008 and 2009 respectively.

Who knows, maybe both players will get to hit the court in Istanbul after all.

Agnieszka Radwanska Feels Like Dancing. Yeeaaaahhhh.

10 Oct

And why shouldn’t Agnieszka Radwanska feel like dancing?

She certainly deserves to be enjoying this Asian leg of the tour with her second tournament win in the past two weeks. Radwanska won a crowd-pleasing roller coaster of a final in Beijing over Andrea Petkovic by a score of 7-5 0-6 6-4. Perhaps even more entertaining than the match was the joy, sportsmanship, and dance both displayed after the match. You may as well take a look for yourself…

Radwanska’s  victories over Jankovic, Azarenka, and Zvonareva in Tokyo and Ivanovic, Pennetta, and Petkovic in Beijing showcase how Aga has been the ready and steady force to take advantage of the weary-looking WTA field. Although her opponents these past two weeks were from from pushovers, I simply cannot remember a WTA tournament like Beijing where all of the top eight seeds failed to make the semis.

Radwanska over the last two weeks has been able to sneak up to match her career-high ranking of #8 and looks poised to make the year-end championships out of nowhere. Considering the way top players have wilted under the pressure of their own success and Radwanska’s recent form, the World #8 has the steady yet crafty play that could help snag her biggest title yet.

It seems like Aga has been around forever, but let’s remember she is only 22 and has not had major titles like these before. Her title in Carlsbad in August of this year ended a three and a half year drought since her victory in Pattaya City back in 2008, and Carlsbad seems to have given her the momentum needed to have this end of the year surge. Radwanska has been able to stay in the Top 20 for four years mostly due to her QF and 4R runs at Slams, but maybe now we will be seeing her lift these trophies on a more regular basis as well.

Keep on dancing, Agnieszka!

Radwanska and Petkovic Dance From Behind

2011 US Open Draw Update: Sisters To Meet In First Round

27 Aug

With the qualifiers now placed in the brackets, the main draw has been flipped upside-down for the #12 seed Agnieszka Radwanska. While they certainly have played each other countless times in their lives, they are 1-1 in their official career head-to-head. Agnieszka has been having a great summer with her win in Carlsbad for her first title since 2008 and followed that up with a semi-final run in Toronto. Throughout those two weeks, she beat both Zvonareva and Petkovic twice along the way. Aga can’t be happy drawing her younger sister in the 1st round as it brings extra emotional tension and a distraction not needed before the start of a major. With a pretty open draw galina voskoboeva us open 2011otherwise, her consistency and craftiness could just get her a crack at the title this year.

Another interesting 1st round match now that all the qualifiers have been placed in the main draw will be the in-form Galina Voskoboeva going against the #7 seed Francesca Schiavone. Galina is coming off a great run in Toronto with wins over Marion Bartoli, Flavia Pennetta, and Maria Sharapova. Voskoboeva is ranked well inside the Top 100 now but still had to play the qualifying rounds since she was just outside when the player entry list was determined a couple of months ago. The 26 year-old Russian now officially representing Kazakhstan has a stellar 45-13 record in 2011. Despite the fact that many of her 45 wins came at smaller tournaments, Francesca Schiavone knows that Gailna is a qualifier that should not be underestimated. Standing six feet tall with recent wins over marquis players, Galina will be a player to watch at this year’s Open.

Defending champion Rafael Nadal along with tournament director Brian Earley conducted the draw ceremony earlier this week. One of the players that people were most curious about in the draw ceremony was the most dangerous #28 seed ever, Miss Serena Williams. While young Serb Bojana Jovanovski was the unlucky player to get Serena in the 1st round, it really was #4 seed Viktoria Azarenka who got the short straw by drawing Serena in the 3rd round instead of a possible final.

Some interesting 1st round matches to look out for include #26 Flavia Pennetta vs Aravane Rezai, #7 Gael Monfils vs Grigor Dimitrov, #27 Marin Cilic vs Ryan Harrison, #28 Isner vs Marcos Baghdatis, and #10 Nicolas Almagro vs Julien Bennetteau. Rezai, Isner, and Bennetteau are slated to play finals in Dallas and Winston-Salem today actually. And let’s just hope the three of them are able to arrive in New York safely as Hurricane Irene comes to town. Best of luck to all the players to stay safe and focused for an amazing US Open in 2011.

Hunker down!

Tennis Dopplegangers

21 Jan

I originally titled this post “Andy Roddick Tops Nick Jonas” because while I watched Andy escape defeat from Robin Haase, I kept thinking how much the Dutchman looks like Nick Jonas. And perhaps I was hoping for the story to get picked up by Perez Hilton or TMZ. Before we get to all of the tennis look-a-likes, I have to give Roddick credit for pulling out that win when Haase was outplaying him for the first two sets. Andy hung in there to get to a second set tie-break, and then Robin choked it away with a final score of 26 76(2) 62 62.

Without further adieu, here are your tennis dopplegangers….

Robin Haase

Nick Jonas

Melanie Oudin

looks and talks like Reese Witherspoon

Carla Suarez Navarro

Heather Matarazzo from Welcome to the Dollhouse

Agnieszka Radwanska

...it's Julia Stiles. Aggie gives better reaction shots though.

Gilles Simon

Team Edward

Or Team Commodus?

Ryan Harrison

Ben McKenize from Southland and The OC

or fellow player Andrey Golubev

Roger Federer

Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend

You might have to watch Vampire Weekend’s “Giving Up the Gun” video to better see the resemblance. You will also get to see a Jonas Brother playing tennis, so it all comes full circle.

Who do you think your favorite tennis player looks like? Please don’t forget to subscribe and forward to your friends. Enjoy your weekend, everybody! The middle weekends of Grand Slams are the best, no? Which match are you most looking forward to see?

Agnieszka Loses Her Racquet, But Kimiko Loses Match

18 Jan

40 year-old Kimiko Date-Krumm was on her way to causing yet another upset with a 4-1 lead in the third over Agnieszka Radwanska, but the #12 seed took an injury timeout that clearly cooled off Kimiko.  Aggie certainly had a real injury, but there is no denying that this shifted the momentum of the match.  Although the tennis may have been ugly at times, I am continually amazed to see how Kimiko has been battling the top players during this second chapter of her career.  It looked like the luck may have been turning Kimiko’s way when something quite unusual happened to Radwanska in the 12th game of the 3rd set.  Take a look to see how the racquet fell apart in Aggie’s hands, and her reaction is priceless.

Keep on playing, Kimiko.  I think a Grand Slam second week is in your future before you retire again.  But now we have to go see if we can find a live feed of Court 21 where 35 year-old Anne Kremer takes on 19 year-old Simona Halep.  Hmmm, and up an early break too.  Older women rule!