Key Biscayne, Florida: Agnieszka Radwanska said her ability to “mix it up” was the key to her rise to the top four in women’s tennis, a position she strengthened with her victory over Maria Sharapova in the final of the Sony Ericsson Open on Saturday.
The 23-year-old from Krakow, already by far the most successful Polish women’s player ever, has yet to win a grand slam event but with nine WTA titles to her name that seems only a matter of time.
“It’s a great feeling to win a tournament like this here in Miami,” she said.
“It’s the biggest tournament after grand slams, especially with all the top players here.
You have to play six very good matches to win. So I’m just extremely happy.”
Radwanska, who didn’t lose a set in the tournament, beat Sharapova by making her work hard by using a variety of strokes that clearly frustrated the Russian.
That approach has become her trademark.
‘We practise everything’
“I think my tennis, it’s just about trying to mix it up,” she said.
“I think I was born with that. So it’s never been one shot or one thing. When we practise, we practise everything. That’s what we were doing all my life pretty much.”
What Radwanska lacks in terms of a big serve, she more than makes up for in intelligent positional play and crafty variations of speed and spin.
While she plays down her progress, in beating world No 2 Sharapova, who she had lost to seven times in the previous eight meetings, Radwanska highlighted the improvements she has made in the past 12 months.
“I was really focusing on my serve, and I’m very happy I didn’t lose my serve,” she said.
“It was actually I think the key in this match.”