LONDON, England – Coming into the tournament she was the only player in the Top 15 never to reach a Grand Slam semifinal – and after finally getting that monkey off her back she soared. Agnieszka Radwanska stormed into her very first Grand Slam final on Thursday, staying strong on serve and keeping her unforced errors low to beat surging German Angelique Kerber, 63 64.
The No.3-seeded Radwanska had a slow start, getting broken early and falling behind 3-1, but she regrouped quickly, winning five games in a row to take the first set; she got the lone break of the second set and held the rest of the way to close it out. The 23-year-old hit just six unforced errors during the match.
“I really played great today,” Radwanska said. “I had a tough quarterfinal match and it’s always tough against Angie, so it’s good I had a day off yesterday.
“Of course this was the semifinals of a Grand Slam, and I was nervous at the beginning – you try your best but sometimes you do too much, and your hands are shaking a little bit – but after a couple of games I loosened up out there.
“This is what I’ve been dreaming of since I was a kid. Everybody wants to play the final of a Grand Slam. These are the best two weeks of my career.”
Radwanska was already the first Polish player in the Open Era, male or female, to reach a Grand Slam semifinal; now she is the first one to reach a final too. She is also going to break into the Top 2 on the new rankings – if she wins the final she will be No.1 in the world, if she loses the final she will be No.2.
“I’m so happy because I felt what I had done was already a big success, and to be here in the final it’s even bigger,” Radwanska said. “This tournament is one of the biggest parts of tennis history in Poland – I’m happy to be part of that.”
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