Along with Americans Serena Williams and Sloane Stephens, Agnieszka Radwańska is one of just three female tennis players to advance to the fourth round in all of this year’s Grand Slam tournaments. Nevertheless, she disappointed with her performance at Flushing Meadows this year, where she was upset by Russian Ekaterina Makarova 4-6, 4-6 in the US Open.
The fourth-round game started well for Ms Radwańska, who won the first four games of the match. But then Ms Makarova took over, winning the next eight games. When Ms Radwańska woke up, she was losing 0-2 in the second set. The Pole nearly swung the momentum in her favor, winning the next three games, but finally Ms Makarova emerged victorious.
For Ms Radwańska the result was a frustrating repetition of past failures, as she has never made it past the US Open’s round of 16.
“The difference is surface. Every Grand Slam is [a] different surface. I mean, the same players, the same faces. Conditions are always different everywhere, as well. It’s hot or windy or sunny or cold. It’s always changing,” said Ms Radwańska after the loss.
Still, Ms Radwańska had the best showing by a Pole in the US Open singles tournament this year. All of the others lost their first round games: Ms Radwańska’s sister, Urszula, lost to Ms Stephens (1-6, 1-6), ¸ukasz Kubot was defeated by Finland’s Jarkko Neminen (5-7, 5-7, 2-6), Michał Przysię˝ny was knocked out by France’s Julien Benneteau (4-6, 7-5, 4-6, 4-6) and Jerzy Janowicz, currently Poland’s best male tennis player, was unable to handle Argentina’s Maximo Gonzalez, losing 4-6, 4-6, 2-6.
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