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Can Agnieszka Radwanska Win A Grand Slam?

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Agnieszka Radwanska has reached a grand slam final before but can she hide her demons away to go one step further in 2017?

 

Radwanska has always been one of the most craftiest players the game has been ever seen. She has won 20 WTA titles and has reached a career high of number two in the world. She has even won the WTA finals trophy, the ‘fifth slam’. However the one trophy that has eluded the pole is a major trophy. So why has Radwanska not been able to win a grand slam yet?

The answer is that she is missing that killer instinct in the latter stages. Winning seven matches within a two week period is a difficult achievement. You have to be physically and mentally at your best, you have to know when to preserve energy and when to really delve into your reserves. You also have to know how to deal with pressure, when the heat is on. For Radwanska, whenever she is on the verge of making that big step forward, she is either lacking a mental or physical edge or cannot deal with the pressure of being the favourite in that tournament.

Her first and only grand slam final was in 2012, when she lost a thrilling final to Serena Williams at Wimbledon. That was when we saw Radwanska was capable and had the potential to become Poland’s first ever singles grand slam champion. A year later she reached the semifinals at The All England Club and was the favourite for the title. However pressure started to tell on Aga and was defeated by Germany’s Sabine Lisicki 6-4 2-6 9-7.

At the Australian Open in 2014, Agnieszka Radwanska was the favourite again, when the tournament reached the last four players. Eugenie Bouchard, Li Na and Dominika Cibulkova were all behind Radwanska in who was expected to win the tournament. However the pressure and lack of mental fortitude lead to her downfall as she was eliminated by Dominika Cibulkova. Another reason why these ‘shock losses’ happen at major tournaments to Radwanska is also down to her physical state. She has struggled with shoulder and knee injuries at key moments in her grand slam campaigns which has affected her in the second week at a grand slam, when she needs to be at her very best.

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In my view. I think Radwanska can still win a grand slam. However it is going to be more difficult than ever before as players like Angelique Kerber are upping there game to new gears. Serena Williams is still playing the best at Wimbledon. Also players like Dominika Cibulkova and Garbiñe Muguruza are dangerous with their ferocious games allowing them to beat anyone on the world stage. Radwanska’ defensive game has progressed and it has been easier for her to counteract the power games of her opponents. If she can just overcome her demons of pressure, then she can win a grand slam in 2017.

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Iga Swiatek Demands Talks With ITF And WTA After Withdrawing From Billie Jean King Cup

Iga Swiatek is not happy with the ITF and WTA after withdrawing from the Billie Jean King Cup Finals.

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The world number one has announced that she will not compete at the Billie Jean King Cup Finals in November after criticising tennis’ governing bodies for not looking after player welfare.

 

The event is set to take place the week after the WTA Finals in Glasgow which causes a huge problem and obstacle for many players.

This is definitely the case for Swiatek who has qualified for the WTA Finals which takes place in Texas on the 31st of October.

A huge dilemma which now means Swiatek will not compete for her country at the Billie Jean King Cup.

Speaking on Instagram the Pole criticised the decision from the ITF and WTA and wants to speak to them about player welfare to prevent future decisions from happening, “I was thinking it through a lot and discussing it with my team all over again, but I will not be able to play at the Billie Jean King Cup in Glasgow,” Swiatek said in her Instagram story.

“And it makes me sad. I’m very sorry because I play for Poland whenever it’s possible and I always give it my best. Playing in Poland this year was an honour and I hoped to do this again at the end of the season.

“I’m disappointed that tennis governing bodies didn’t come to an agreement on something as basic as the calendar of tournaments, giving us only one day to travel through the globe and changing the time zone. This situation is not safe for our health and could cause injury.

“I’m going to talk to the WTA and ITF in order to change something. This situation is difficult not only for the players like me, but mainly for the tennis fans that support our fans.”

It’s clear Swiatek wants change in terms of player welfare and communication between governing bodies on how to facilitate the schedule.

However Swiatek now turns her attention to preparing for the WTA Finals and first up for the Pole is Ostrava this week.

In her opening match Swiatek will face either Ajla Tomljanovic or Shuai Zhang.

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Cameron Norrie Withdraws From Tokyo After COVID Positive Test

Cameron Norrie will miss the rest of the Asian swing due to COVID.

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After withdrawing from his quarter-final in Seoul, Cameron Norrie has now withdrawn from the ATP 500 event in Tokyo.

 

The Brit’s absence from the latter stages of the ATP 250 event in South Korea, raised eyebrows with Norrie suffering from illness.

However Norrie then withdraw from the ATP 500 event in Tokyo where he was due to play Thanasi Kokkinakis.

Now his absence has been explained as Norrie confirmed on social media that he tested positive for COVID-19.

In a statement originally posted on Instagram, Norrie explained he had no symptoms but has to quarantine in his hotel room in Seoul, “Unfortunately I had a positive COVID test in Korea and wasn’t able to compete in the rest of my matches,” Norrie said.

“I have no symptoms and I am feeling 100%. It’s been a complicated situation and I appreciate the Republic of Korea trying their best to be amicable in a very tough situation.

“I was really hoping to go to Tokyo but because of the quarantine period I will not be able to play there. Looking forward to getting back to Europe for the indoors. See you guys soon!”

This is the second time Norrie has tested positive for COVID with the first time being before the start of the season.

Norrie’s scheduled next tournament will be in Stockholm which will take place on the 17th of October.

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Carlos Alcaraz Faces Rune Test In Astana

Carlos Alcaraz leads a stacked field in Astana next week.

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Carlos Alcaraz returns to the ATP tour next week in Astana next week where he faces Danish talent Holger Rune.

 

The world number one plays his first ATP tournament since winning his first Grand Slam title at the US Open and becoming the youngest world number one in history.

Having qualified for the Nitto ATP Finals, Alcaraz will now look to build momentum over the coming weeks for the event in Turin.

First up for Alcaraz is the ATP 500 event in Astana next week where the Spaniard faces a tough opening round in the form of Danish talent Holger Rune.

The Dane reached his first Grand Slam quarter-final at Roland Garros earlier this year but had struggled for form since then.

However Rune has reached the semi-finals in Sofia this week and is hitting form at the right time so this will be a big test for Alcaraz.

Should Alcaraz get through that test than a potential second round meeting with Stan Wawrinka could be on the cards with the Swiss wildcard facing Adrian Mannarino in his opening match.

Andrey Rublev is the player that could face Alcaraz in the last eight with the eighth seed facing a qualifier in his opening round match.

Rublev is one of a number of players who are chasing the remaining spots at the Nitto ATP Finals.

Also in the top half of the draw is Stefanos Tsitsipas and Hubert Hurkacz with Tsitsipas facing Mikhail Kukushkin.

While Hurkacz faces Francisco Cerundolo and a potential second round match against home favourite Alexander Bublik could await in round two.

In the bottom half of the draw, Novak Djokovic will continue his search for a surge up the rankings against Cristian Garin.

Djokovic’s potential quarter-final is Jannik Sinner who begins against tricky serve and volleyer Oscar Otte.

Daniil Medvedev is also taking part in a stacked field in Astana as he faces Albert Ramos-Vinolas in his opening round match.

In the bottom quarter there is also an intriguing opening round match between Felix Auger-Aliassime and Roberto Bautista Agut.

Here is the full draw with play starting on Monday:

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