World No.21 Agnieszka Radwanska won the Pattaya Women’s Open yesterday and in current form the 18-year-old Pole is on the right way to become much better-known among wider tennis audience.
With the victory in Pattaya City, Radwanska won her second career title, the first one was the Nordic Light Open in Stockholm last year, when she defeated Vera Dushevina in the final.
In the final of the Pattaya Women's Open, a Tier IV tournament in Thailand, top-seeded Radwanska defeated Jill Craybas 6-2 1-6 7-6 (7-4) after an intense two-hour match. With the victory Radwanska improved to 2-0 lifetime against Craybas, who was trying for her second career singles crown and first since 2002.
Radwanska was the first player from Poland to win a tour title, break into the top 30 and reach the last eight of a Grand Slam, and her achievements made tennis more popular in her home country. Of course, Radwanska has more goals in front of her. "I want to be a top 10 player, win a Grand Slam. I think about it and like all players, I want to be number one," said the teenager from Krakow.
The good thing about Radwanska is that she’s not afraid of the big stage and favorites. "I like to play top players. I'm never scared, I'm not nervous. I'm on centre court, someone famous is against me — they have to win the match, not me," she said.
And these are not mere words, Radwanska proved it at the 2007 US Open when she upset defending champion Maria Sharapova in the third round, and a few weeks ago when she defeated second seed Svetlana Kuznetsova at the Australian Open. And these two victories are not Radwanska's only top 10 wins, but they attracted more attention because they happened at a Grand Slam.
It's also interesting to point out that the 18-year-old has positive career record against Venus Williams leading 1-0.
Radwanska has the attitude and game to move up the rankings and produce more upsets. Soon, more people will recognize her name.
Additional info: Radwanska was the junior Wimbledon champion in 2005. (via Reuters, photos via Yahoo)