Watching Agnieszka Radwanska play is always a pleasure for the eyes, she is different from all the other players in the Wta circuit, she has an almost perfect tecnique which allows her to use all the shots in the book. Despite that she is still chasing her first Grand Slam title. She has won 13 wta titles in her career, winning some important tournaments, like Miami in 2012, but she has always missed the big target.
She’s been close more than once, especially in the last couple of years, when she reached the Wimbledon final in 2012 but lost to Serena Williams; or in 2013 again in Wimbledon when she has to surrender to Sabine Lisicki in the semifinals. Few weeks ago, in Australia, she reached another semifinal, it could be the perfect chance for her, she has just defeated one of her biggest nemesis, Vika Azarenka who had won seven straight matches against her. Serena and Maria were already out, she has to beat Dominika Cibulkova and then go to fight with Na Li in the final, a though player, but still a player against whom she’s 5-6 in head to head matches, she had a chance, a real one. But something went wrong again, Cibulkova played the best tennis of her career in those two australian weeks, she was “in the zone” and crashed Aga’s dream one more time.
The recent era of wta tennis has been dominated by three players, Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova and Vika Azarenka, they are different kind of players, but they all have one thing in common, power. Having them on the opposite baseline must be a mess, they stand there and shot fire balls game after game, set after set, match after match. Radwanska is full of talent, she has an amazing instinct for everything is happening on the court but they play on the only lack in Aga’s game, again that damn power.
Agnieszka Radwanksa is not a powerful player, she has other qualities, and she use them all trying to fill the gap in the match against powerful players. One of her best shots is the drop shot, played mostly with the forehand, with which she change the rythm of the rally, and often it is followed by a run to the net to close the point.
Aga is a player came from another time, from another era, she is always calm, never a bad reaction, never a “come on” shout loudly, always elegant in every movement, while she runs all over the court, while she hits the ball, and even while she accepts the big losses in her constant chasing of her first Slam title.
She will try again, in Paris, London, New york, she will be there to take that trophy that seems running away from her, the trophy that seems to belong to the “power generation”. She will try to steal it from them, she deserves it, and if she will get it, for one night, we won’t hear hard rock music playing, but just a piano, elegant; like Aga.