Agnieszka Radwanska, the world No 4, talks to The Tennis Space about comparisons with Martina Hingis, her grand slam ambitions, and deciding to no longer travel with her father Robert as her coach.
On the comparisons with Martina Hingis
“Of course, I like it when people say that I play similar tennis to Martina, with variety and trying to mix things up. That’s great to hear as I grew up watching her matches. We played once, in Miami, and it was great to have that opportunity. I won that match in three sets. I have always played this way, with variety in my game. That’s just the way I play, and it’s good to have had success playing like that.”
On her success so far this year and ambitions for the rest of the season
“I didn’t imagine at the start of the year that I would be ranked in the top four by now. I didn’t expect that. I’ve played some of my best tennis this year, and that’s obviously been very pleasing, especially winning the title in Miami. It’s now the clay-court season, and my game is probably not as well-suited to clay as to other surfaces – which is a bit funny, I suppose, as there are only clay courts in my home town. I prefer hard courts to clay. I believe I can do much better at the grand slams. I certainly hope that I can. I love playing on grass, so look forward to Wimbledon.
“When I won the junior Wimbledon title in 2005, that was just a week after I had played my first match on grass. I’ve reached a couple of quarter-finals at Wimbledon, and though I didn’t play well there last year, losing in the second round, I hope to go further this summer, and believe that I can.”
On no longer having her father as a travelling coach
“I think the change has been good. My father was my first coach – he has coached me for 17 or 18 years – and I wouldn’t be in the position I am now without him. I travel with a different coach now, but when I’m home in Poland I practise with my father.”
On her confidence
“I feel good on the court, confident. I’ve felt good for most of the year.”
Radwanska is playing at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart