Radwanska still aiming for top spot

  • Last Updated: January 8 2013, 15:34 GMT

Agnieszka Radwanska might have started the new year rather like she left the old - with victory in the ASB Classic in Auckland - but she admits she is running out of time to make it to the top.

Radwanska: Wants to be the world's best player
Radwanska: Wants to be the world's best player

Following a superb junior career, the Pole grew used to being touted as the next big thing to make an impression on the senior ranks, and belatedly managed it in 2012 when she reached her first grand slam final at Wimbledon.

But Radwanska's main goals of grand slam silverware and the world number one ranking remain, and being shortly due to turn 24, she is already looking over her shoulder at the next generation of stars.

Radwanska said: "When I see the girls who are 17 or 18, I remember I'm almost 24 and really not that young any more.

"For a young girl coming up, time flies. But I definitely hope I can play my best tennis for another couple of years. And look at Serena - she isn't 20 years old any more, but she is playing unbelievable tennis."

Radwanska's run to the Wimbledon final, where she took a set off Williams, capped a breakthrough year for the perennial top 10 player who finally emerged as a realistic contender in the majors.

And having started 2013 in style - she did not drop a set through five matches in Auckland, cementing her early season place as world number four - she sees no reason to readjust her career-long goals.

Radwanska added: "My goals are pretty much the same - to be the world number one and winning grand slams. Last year I was close to both of them, so I will definitely try again this year.

"There is nothing simple about being number one - it is not just about doing well in one or two tournaments. You have to play very well the whole year to get on top, and that is something I have to work on.

"It helps every match you have in the second week of a grand slam. Going on the Centre Court at Wimbledon was a lot different to a normal final. Serena played too well that day, but it was definitely a great experience."


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