Agnieszka Radwanska Q&A
Ahead of the French Open, world number three Agnieszka Radwanska joins us for a quickfire Q&A session.
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"On fire" Serena Williams, her famous Miami trick shot and her penchant for roller-blading are also topics on the agenda.
Our Andy Schooler put the questions to the Polish star.
Last year you had your best-ever run at Roland Garros. Do you feel your claycourt game has improved over time?
I think so. I was really working a lot on movement and fitness on clay and I think so far I’m playing good tennis on clay and I‘ve played a couple of good matches already (this season).
Maria Sharapova is a good example of someone who has really got to grips with the surface. Do you draw inspiration from what she’s achieved on the clay?
Well, I think it’s very great improvement from her, winning Roland Garros on clay when she’s a hardcourt player. I think she works a lot on that so that was a good job for sure.
Maria got the better of you in Stuttgart and Madrid recently. After reaching back-to-back finals and winning in 2012, do you see her as the one to beat in Paris and who do you feel are the other main contenders?
Well, I think every match is different, every tournament is different. You never know. You can play someone the next week and it’s going to be a totally different match. Every match is a different story. I think Serena is still on fire – it’s always going to be her. And the rest, we’ll see.
How do you feel your preparation for Roland Garros is going? Are you happy with your form?
Yes, I’m happy so far. I’ve played good matches. There are no easy matches here on clay in Madrid and Rome.
You list your favourite city as Paris. Why is that? Good memories from your junior title win there?
Of course, I have great memories from a few years ago (2006). I think this is a really great city. It’s good to walk around the city and just relax.
There have been almost 3.5million views of your famous Miami shot on YouTube? How many of them were by you?
From me, just a couple. But my sister (fellow WTA professional Urszula) told me she was watching that for 15 times! (laughs)
Your improvised shots and general style of play have won you many fans, including Andy Murray here in the UK. Do you practise any of these ‘trick’ shots in training?
I think you can never really practise those kind of shots. It’s just the reaction, you know, how tennis is fast in these times. Sometimes you only have not even one second to make the decision so it’s not really a thing to practise.
Murray broke his Grand Slam duck at Wimbledon last year after many years of trying, with Ivan Lendl given plenty of credit for adding that extra mental edge. Have you spoken to anyone in a bid to find that final piece of the Grand Slam jigsaw?
Not really. Of course I was close a couple of times. Wimbledon is still very close (grass is her favourite surface), but the other ones I still have to work more if I’m to win a Grand Slam.
Who are your best friends on the tour?
Caroline Wozniacki, of course, and Angie Kerber.
I know you have been studying tourism but what else do you like to do away from the court in your spare time?
There's not really free time in this kind of job but what I also like to do is roller-blading. I don’t keep them with me on tour – there’s no time or power (energy) for that! But I like to do that whenever I’m back home, yes.