Full Name: Agnieszka Radwańska
Date of Birth: March 6th, 1989
Place of Birth: Krakow, Poland
Height: 5ft 8in
Turned Professional: 2005
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Agnieszka Radwańska became the first Polish player to reach the singles final of a Grand Slam in the modern era when she lost to Serena Williams at Wimbledon in 2012. She has also been knocked out at the quarter-final stage of six other Grand Slam events, most recently at the Australian Open of 2013. She has won 12 career singles titles and is ranked at number 4 in the world.
Radwańska won the junior singles titles at Wimbledon (2005) and the French Open (2006), reaching the quarter-finals of her first WTA tournament at the 2006 J&S Cup. She made her debut in the Wimbledon Ladies singles the same year, falling to Kim Clijsters in the fourth round. She competed in all four Grand Slam events in 2007, reaching the fourth round of the US Open. Her first WTA tour victory came in the Nordea Nordic Light Open in the same year.
Radwańska reached the quarter-finals of the 2008 Australian Open and claimed her second tour win in the Pattaya Women's Open in Thailand. In May 2008, she defeated Elena Dementieva to win the Istanbul Cup on red clay and progressed to the fourth round of the French Open. She also recorded her first tournament victory on grass at the International Women's Open in Eastbourne, beating Nadia Petrova in the final. She used this as a preparation for Wimbledon, eventually losing to Serena Williams in the quarter-finals. She again fell at the fourth round stage of the US Open, losing to Venus Williams. Her consistency was enough to put her into the top ten in the rankings for the first time.
Radwańska reached the fourth round of the 2009 French Open, losing in three sets to eventual champion Svetlana Kuznetsova. She again performed well at Wimbledon, losing to Venus Williams in the quarter-final. She reached the semi-final in Tokyo and then made her first final of the year in China, losing in straight sets to Svetlana Kuznetsova.
In 2011, Radwańska reached the quarter-finals of the Australian Open for the second time, losing to eventual champion Kim Clijsters and got to the fourth round of the 2011 French Open. She suffered disappointment at Wimbledon when going out in the second round to qualifier Petra Cetkovská. She won the 2011 Mercury Insurance Open, Radwańska with a straight sets victory over Vera Zvonareva, her first title since Eastbourne in 2008. She added a fifth career title at the Toray Pan Pacific Open, beating the same opponent. She then added the China Open with a three-set victory over Andrea Petkovic in the final and ended the year ranked 8th with a 46–18 record.
Radwańska made a blistering start to 2012 with two singles titles, the Dubai Tennis Championships and the Sony Ericsson Open. She won the latter event without dropping a set. She reached the semi-finals of the Mutua Madrid Open before losing to world number one, Victoria Azarenka. Her brilliant run of form had elevated her to world number 3. She then won the Brussels Open and reached her first career Grand Slam final at the 2012 Wimbledon Championships.
She beat Maria Kirilenko in the quarter-finals and Angelique Kerber in the semi-finals before losing a thrilling three set final to Serena Williams 1-6, 7-5, 2-6. She had now reached number 2 in the world.
A fourth round defeat in the 2012 US Open was followed by another final appearance at the Toray Pan Pacific Open, losing to Nadia Petrova.
Radwańska began the 2013 season with victory at the ASB Classic in Auckland, beating Yanina Wickmayer in the final for the 11th singles title of her career. She followed up at the Apia International, defeating Dominika Cibulková without dropping a game. She was beaten in the quarter-finals of the Australian Open by subsequent runner-up Li Na.