Radwanska eyes Polish first
Originally published on: 05/07/12 00:00
The 23-year-old Krakow native marked her first appearance in the last four of a major tournament by beating the German 6-3 6-4 to secure her place in Saturday’s final.
In doing so, Radwanska emulates compatriot Jadwiga Jedrzejowska, who reached the Wimbledon and US Open finals in 1937 and the French Open final in 1939.
“I’m very happy I can be the second one here in the final at Wimbledon,” said Radwanska. "I think she lost in three sets that year. But I will try now and we will see."
One of this season’s form players, Radwanska has won 44 WTA matches this year (second only to Kerber with 45) and has won all three of the finals she has contested in 2012, in Dubai, Miami and Brussels.
Radwanska stands to claim the world No.1 ranking if she defeats Serena Williams, who bypassed Victoria Azarenka 6-3 7-6(6) in the other semi-final clash, in Saturday’s final. The world No.3 has played Williams twice before, losing on each occasion, and last fell to the 13-time Grand Slam champion in the quarter-finals at Wimbledon four years ago.
Much has changed since then of course, but Radwanska knows what it takes to win a title at Wimbledon, having picked up the junior girls crown in 2005.
“It was seven years ago,” Radwanska recalled with a smile. “Of course I’ll do everything in my power to hold the title again.”