Radwanska out of Eastbourne
Originally published on: 19/06/13 00:00
The top seeded Pole, who reached the quarter-final at Roland Garros before falling to Sara Errani, admitted her movement was slightly tentative in her first grass-court match of the season as she suffered a 7-6 6-2 defeat to American qualifier Jamie Hampton.
“I felt like I was playing good,” said Radwanska. “It's just I think I was a little bit scared to move. Of course, I was practicing here a couple of days, but I think matches are a little bit different than practice. I think I wasn't maybe ready for that.
“It wasn't slippery,” she added. “You know, it's always in the head. Especially that, you know, on clay court the sliding, it's much easier, and here you have to be careful.”
A smile spread across the 24-year-old’s face when asked if she hoped her early exit in Eastbourne was a good omen after a similar fate last year prompted a run to the final at the All England Club. “Well, hopefully I will do the same,” she said.
“Now, I just hope I can play the same as last year. You know, [I] lost in first round here but still playing great tennis in Wimbledon. Well, you never know, what I can do now?”
The Krakow native will spend one more day on the south coast of England before heading north to London for the third Grand Slam of the year.