May 26, 2017

Another Late Night Victory for Radwanska, Conquers Ivanovic


By Ros Satar


(June 2, 1013) PARIS – It was another late start for Roland Garros 4th seed Agnieszka Radwanska and from the outset, the games were going to be long rallies on Sunday.


Ana Ivanovic’s opening game saw 8 deuces before Radwanska could nail the break, forging ahead to enough of a lead, to give her the first set 6-2.


Double-faults seemed to plague the Serb, as Radwanska quickly broke to build up another lead.


With the light fading fast, and definitely not enough to last for a third set, Radwanska piled on the pressure, forcing errors from the 14th seed Ivanovic.


It felt as though she was trying to match Radwanska in mixing up where she could, but as though she could not quite execute as sharply.


And after losing the match on a double fault 6-2, 6-2, there was some honest reflection from Ivanovic in her post match news conference.


Ivanovic said: “I think it was maybe my serve and a few loose errors.


“There is a point where it’s frustrating and you have to stick through with it at some moments I didn’t and that made a big difference today.”


Ivanovic admitted that Radwanska makes you feel like you have to do more to get past her, and that perhaps that made Ivanovic rush – certainly something that could be seen with the number of double faults today.


But in comparing herself to the person who won the 2008 French Open, she sees an improvement – and room to grow further.


She said: “I am definitely more complete.


“It’s just that at the time I had more confidence at the high level and that’s something I put myself in a position to play against these top players.


“I just have to break through – I did that in Madrid and I really want to make that step forward.”


Radwanska had just been relieved to come through another late start.


Knowing that the light would start failing around 9pm, she was more motivated in the last few games to turn the screw, even joking that the first two games taking almost 15 minutes really did not help.


One of the highlights of the match was a “tweener” shot, that surprised even Radwanska.


She said: “It was the only way to hit that ball.


“I had nothing to lose, I just hit it and yeah it was in, so I was surprised a little bit but then excited that I did it.”


Perhaps the 15 minute, two-game experience will help – in Radwanska’s last game with her next opponent (Sara Errani), she played over three and a half hours, and had to play the semi-final the next day hardly able to move.


She said: “That match cost me a lot of energy and power.

“Like I was saying before I will have to prepare for a lot of rallies, a lot of running and for a good match.


“And this is the quarter finals, it doesn’t matter who’s on the other side of the net – they’re going to be someone good.”