Monday, October 10, 2011

Woman on a mission!

22 from 25. That's Agnieszka Radwanska's win - loss record since dumping her Dad as her coach. Even more impressivly that streak now includes three titles, two consecutively now. Radwanska battled her way past Andrea Petkovic and back into the top 10 with a 7-5 0-6 6-4 victory over the German.

The Premier Mandatory tournament is now the biggest of the twenty-two-year-old's career, and comes just a week after claiming the Premier 5 title in Tokyo. Radwanska's re defined, inspired game plan of refreshing variety, incredible defence and instinct turning defence into offence, not to mention deft touch.

Equalling her career high rank of World Number 8 also puts Agnieszka in a sound position to qualify for the Year End Championships, with only two weeks of tournaments left to play.
A post match ceremony as entertaining as the match, saw Andrea asked to share her famous 'Petko Dance' with the crowed despite the loses. The German instead invited Agnieszka to join her in the celebrations and commiserations. 

Winning back to back titles now cements the fact the Pole is with out a doubt a huge threat to take out the Year End Championships to be held in Istanbul.


Carlos said...

That is more like it, doing the dance but asking the opponent first if she/he wants to join in. Petkovic is still in bad side though.

So I'm checking the new wave of Americans at Osaka:

McHale lost 3-6, 5-7 to Tamarind... Tamarine

Coco lost 4-6, 4-6 to Doi

Falconi lost 3-6, 2-6 to Johansson

I'll say it again, the success of the Americans at the USO 11 was due to their opponents committing tons of unforced errors. Although Caps would disagree with me, the book is out on McHale. I hope Falconi and Coco don't turn into a Mr. Oudin.

caps321 said...

McHale will have to make adjustments in her game but she's no Mr. Oudin. Btw, anyone seen Oudin? Is she taking time off to improve her game with the new USTA coach? Her website has a blank schedule and she wasn't in qualis for Linz or Osaka.

Aggie has a much better rump shaker than Petko!

Carlos said...

Thanks for the link Caps. You are right Aggie dances "The Petko Dance" better than Petkovic.

U was about to ask the same question about Mr. Oudin! We should place a photo of her on the side of a milk carton. :P

Yoy are about McHale, I hope she makes those adjustments ASAP.

caps321 said...

Azarenka, Victoria - current 3 - previous 4
Kvitova, Petra - current 4 - previous 5
Zvonareva, Vera - current 5 - previous 3
Radwanska, Agnieszka - current 8 - previous 12
Petkovic, Andrea - current 9 - previous 11
Clijsters, Kim - current 10 - previous 8
Bartoli, Marion - current 11 - previous 10
Schiavone, Francesca - current 12 - previous 9
Pennetta, Flavia - current 18 - previous 26
Martinez Sanchez, Maria Jose - current 29 - previous 33
Gajdosova, Jarmila - current 30 - previous 34
Niculescu, Monica - current 34 - previous 57
Peer, Shahar - current 35 - previous 27
Scheepers, Chanelle - current 37 - previous 41
McHale, Christina - current 42 - previous 49
Suarez Navarro, Carla - current 50 - previous 58
Zheng, Jie - current 58 - previous 72
Vesnina, Elena - current 66 - previous 53
Jovanovski, Bojana - current 72 - previous 56
Radwanska, Urszula - current 90 - previous 87
Oudin, Melanie - current 143 - previous 146



Dulgheru, Alexandra (ROU) Bilateral knee injury
Halep, Simona (ROU) Achilles injury
Kirilenko, Maria (RUS) Left thigh injury
Parmentier, Pauline (FRA) Left wrist injury
Peer, Shahar (ISR) Low back injury
Petkovic, Andrea (GER) Right knee injury
Petrova, Nadia (RUS) Left thigh injury
Vinci, Roberta (ITA) Abdominal injury
Wickmayer, Yanina (BEL) Low back injury
Zakopalova, Klara (CZE) Left knee injury


Dubois, St├ęphane (CAN) Right foot injury
Mirza, Sania (IND) Left knee injury
Rezai, Aravane (FRA) Viral illness
Stephens, Sloane (USA) Left wrist injury

caps321 said...

What ranking does McHale need for direct entry into these smaller ($37,000) tournaments without going through qualis?

For instance, are the top 20 seeds allowed to play if they want and of course not all of 'em do so higher ranked players get in?

Carlos said...

At least in Osaka McHale got a straight entry to the main draw, she was seeded eighth. It is good that she doesn't have to go through the grind of qualies but she needs to provide better performances in this smaller tournaments. If I'm hard on McHale is because she is in my good graces. I give a hard time to the the ones I like.

Princess out :( OK I'm over it.

After watching both Aggie and Petkovic dance together, I'll be blunt and say Aggie has a better derriere than Petkovic.

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