Exclusive: Agnieszka Radwanska, who could leave Wimbledon as the new world No 1, shares her thoughts with The Tennis Space. This is the second in a series with Agnieszka, the third seed at the Wimbledon Championships.
Agnieszka on her sister Urszula, the world No 54 in singles, and her doubles partner here: “Of course, it’s helped having a family member around. It’s fun to be together and you feel as though you’re at home because someone from you family is there with you. We don’t always play the same tournaments, but we’re always in touch. We’re best friends. I think it’s much better when to have someone from your family there. I wouldn’t say there was a rivalry. We’re always supporting each other. When she wins a match, I’m even happier than when I win a match. It’s great to have someone there the whole time who you really care about. I’ve got someone there that I find it easy to talk to, and that means that I don’t feel alone when I’m on the tour. The tennis season is pretty long. Here in Wimbledon we share a house. We have seperate rooms, of course, but we feel much better when we’re together.”
Agnieszka on their personalities: “I think they are pretty similar, there’s just one year’s difference between us, and we’ve been practising together since the beginning. It’s 18 years now, so it’s a pretty long time. We went to the same school, and we’ve always done evrything together. We like similar things. We’re very close.”
Agnieszka on playing doubles together during Wimbledon and the Olympics: “We just found that her ranking is good enough to make the cut. So now we’re going to practise here and see whether we can do well at the Olympics. It will be great to represent Poland with my sister. We’ve been working towards that our whole lives. Playing at the Olympics is one of the best things you can do, and it’s going to be great for our parents to watch their daughters playing together.”