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Pszczelny
May 22nd, 2006, 12:25 PM
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Agnieszka Radwańska - Urszula Radwańska


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Born
6.03.1989 - 7.12.1990

Highest Singles Rank
(4.08.2008) 9 - 121 (6.10.2008)

Highest Doubles Rank
(19.05.2008) 34 - 121 (14.04.2008)

Highest Juniors Rank
(26.06.2006) 1 - 1 (3.09.2007)


WTA Singles Titles

2007
Stockholm (T4)
2008
Pattaya (T4)
Istanbul (T3)
Eastbourne (T2)


WTA Doubles Titles

2007
Istanbul (T3) / with Ula
2007
Istanbul (T3) / with Aga


ITF Singles Titles

2005
Warszawa (10K)
2007
Biella (100K)
2006
Bath (10K)
2008
Vancouver (50K)


ITF Doubles Titles

2005
Gdynia (10K) / with Ula
Kędzierzyn Koźle (25K) / with Ula
2005
Gdynia (10K) / with Aga
Kędzierzyn Koźle (25K) / with Aga
2006
Buchen (10K) / with Katerina Awdijenko
Bath (10K) / with Martina Babáková
2007
Biberach (25K) / with Nina Bratczikowa
Bronx (50K) / with Lucie Hradecká
Kunming (50K) / with Yanina Wickmayer


ITF Juniors Titles

2004
Prokom Cup (G4)
International Championships of Silesia (G4)
2005
The 12th Slovak Junior Indoor Tournament (G2)
Wimbledon
Sportastic Junior Open Wels by Isospeed (G1)
2006
Roland Garros
7th Gerry Weber Junior Open (G2)
2006
13th Slovak Junior Indoor Tournament (G2)
18th Czech International Junior Indoor Championships (G1)
Eddie Herr International Junior Tennis Championships (G1)
2007
8th Gerry Weber Junior Open (G2)
Wimbledon

Ceze
Sep 13th, 2008, 01:02 AM
vol 1: http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?p=14048984 (http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?p=14048984#post14048984)

gumoll
Sep 13th, 2008, 01:04 AM
oh nooooooooooooooo :(

SOA_MC
Sep 13th, 2008, 01:10 AM
Took awhile Ceze doing Dexter's job get it together Dex:o Oh and Ceze can you sticky this thread and un sticky vol 1 please:)

Ceze
Sep 13th, 2008, 01:15 AM
sure, done

SOA_MC
Sep 13th, 2008, 01:28 AM
Thankyou Ceze

AndreConrad
Sep 13th, 2008, 01:53 AM
Thank you Ceze :wavey:

justine schnyder
Sep 13th, 2008, 07:10 AM
Thanks Ceze :p

Agata.
Sep 13th, 2008, 10:48 AM
Thank you Ceze :D
Finally we got vol 2 thread :)

To Pszczelny: could you update the first post? :D

papru
Sep 14th, 2008, 12:30 PM
decent draw as for Tier I :)

justine schnyder
Sep 14th, 2008, 04:17 PM
Tough one though :scared:

Matt.
Sep 19th, 2008, 01:29 AM
Just a quick thought that came into my head:

Do you think that Aga really understands that she can do things with a tennis racquet that no one else at the top of the game can do?

AndreConrad
Sep 19th, 2008, 12:23 PM
Just a quick thought that came into my head:

Do you think that Aga really understands that she can do things with a tennis racquet that no one else at the top of the game can do?

I think she does... my question is if she really understands that there are things (2nd serve) that she needs to work really hard on. From listening to the interviews it sounds that she is a little bit resistant.

Caipirinha Guy
Sep 19th, 2008, 09:14 PM
1) Pszczelny, update your first message. Sisters have got a higher maximal rank. Ula has won a title in Vancouver

btw, astrological description of Aggie:

Personality of Agnieszka RADWANSKA (extract)
Introduction

Here are some character traits from Agnieszka RADWANSKA's birth chart. This description is far from being comprehensive but it can shed light on his/her personality, which is still interesting for professional astrologers or astrology lovers.


Elements, Modalities and Polarities for Agnieszka RADWANSKA

Agnieszka RADWANSKA, here is the graph of your Elements, Modalities and Polarities, and Decanates, based on planets' positions and angles in the twelve signs:

Like the majority of Earth signs, Agnieszka RADWANSKA, you are efficient, concrete and not too emotional. What matters to you is what you see: you judge the tree by its fruits. Your ideas keep changing, words disappear, but actions and their consequences are visible and remain. Express your sensitivity, even if it means revealing your vulnerability. Emotions, energy and communication must not be neglected; concrete action is meaningless if it is not justified by your heart, your intellect or your enthusiasm.

The predominance of Water signs indicates high sensitivity and elevation through feelings, Agnieszka RADWANSKA. Your heart and your emotions are your driving forces and you can't do anything on Earth if you don't feel a strong affective charge (as a matter of fact, the word "feeling" is essential in your psychology). You need to love in order to understand, and to feel in order to take action. It may be detrimental to your vulnerability and you should learn to fight against it.

Fire's qualities are not very present in your chart, with only 0.00% instead of the average 25%, which means that you may lack warmth, enthusiasm, conquering spirit or energy. You may look indifferent to others, with almost no desire, no joy of life or no enterprising ability. Actually, it is not true, but you should let go, force yourself to be more daring and to show your amazement and your vitality. You certainly have as much energy as others, you just need to release it, and it is up to you to display more of it, since it will be all to your benefit: shout, sing, pull faces, dance! That's the right mean for you... In the end, you'll never be accused of being sad, phlegmatic or a killjoy!

The twelve zodiacal signs are split up into three groups or modes, called quadruplicities, a learned word meaning only that these three groups include four signs. The Cardinal, Fixed and Mutable modes are more or less represented in your natal chart, depending on planets' positions and importance, and on angles in the twelve signs.

The Fixed mode corresponds to a majority of elements in your chart and represents the desire for security and durability: you are able to concretely appreciate a situation and its stability. You definitely prefer to play the role of a loyal, obstinate and hard-working person, rather than to try new and risky experiences - beware, however, not to confuse obstinacy with intransigence. You structure, cement and strengthen everything you find on your way: it is your nature, although you are not especially interested in swiftness: slow and steady...

The twelve signs are divided into two polarities, called active or passive, or sometimes masculine and feminine, positive and negative, Yang and Yin. This classification corresponds to two quite distinct tonalities, the first one bringing extraversion, action, self-confidence and dynamism, the second one, introversion, reactivity, reflection and caution. None is superior to the other, each group has its own assets and shortcomings. Odd signs - Aries, Gemini, Leo, Libra, Sagittarius and Aquarius - belong to the first group, whereas even signs - Taurus, Cancer, Virgo, Scorpio, Capricorn and Pisces - belong to the second group.

According to the disposition and qualities of your planets and angles, you are rather influenced by YIN energy, the passive polarity: you are quite introverted, imaginative and sometimes discreet, but you are a deep and wise person who is not content with just noisy and flashy things. At times, you doubt but you think that those who don't are a bit... thoughtless. Allow yourself to take more laid-back attitudes and put your reserve aside, because good equilibrium is always healthier.

Dominants: Planets, Signs and Houses for Agnieszka RADWANSKA

The issue of dominant planets has existed since the mists of time in astrology: how nice it would be if a person could be described with a few words and one or several planets that would represent their character, without having to analyze such elements as rulerships, angularities, houses etc!

The ten planets - the Sun throughout Pluto - are a bit like ten characters in a role-play, each one has its own personality, its own way of acting, its own strengths and weaknesses. They actually represent a classification into ten distinct personalities and astrologers have always tried to associate one or several dominant planets to a natal chart as well as dominant signs and houses.

Indeed, it is quite the same situation with signs and houses. If planets symbolize characters, signs represent hues - the mental, emotional and physical structures of an individual. The sign in which a planet is posited is like a character whose features are modified according to the place where he lives. In a chart, there are usually one, two or three highlighted signs that allow to rapidly describe its owner.

Regarding astrological houses, the principle is even simpler: the twelve houses correspond to twelve fields of life and planets tenanting any given house increase that house's importance and highlight all relevant life departments: it may be marriage, work, friendship etc.

In your natal chart, Agnieszka RADWANSKA, the ten main planets are distributed as follows:

The three most important planets in your chart are Saturn, Pluto and Venus.

Saturn is part of your dominant planets: among the facets of your character, you have a grave and serious side, wise and somewhat severe, since your concentration can be powerful to the detriment of carelessness and friendliness.

You often look austere, but it is only an appearance, a kind of modesty or reserve; however, it is true that the Saturnian, who is fond of time, effort, asceticism, rigour and sobriety, may have popularity issues. Nevertheless, honesty and straightforwardness, reliability, as well as slow, wise and deep mental process, although not very popular and visible qualities, eventually become noticed and appreciated. Saturnians' second part of life is usually easier and more fulfilling.

Like the Jupiterian, your Saturnian facet prompts you to seek the essential, security, and longevity. However, the difference with the former is that you will never give priority to wealth or "the bigger, the better" philosophy for the sake of power. Saturn, like Jupiter, symbolizes social integration, and it is usually considered positive to have a harmonic Jupiter and Saturn in one's chart because of their social adaptation capacities.

Your vulnerability lies in your too serious and austere side, which may lead to unwanted loneliness and affective frustration. This generally does not last because Saturnians often hide deep down a golden heart that ends up revealing itself...

With Pluto as a dominant planet in your chart, you are a magnetic and mighty predator, like the Scorpio sign ruled by this planet, who needs to exert pressure on others in order to "test" them. You are always ready to evolve, to risk destruction for reconstruction - including your own -, to live more intensely whilst imposing your secret authority on things and on people you encounter.

You may come across as wicked, cruel or too authoritarian, actually you only follow your instinct, you sound people out and you like to exert your domination simply because your vital energy is too powerful to remain inside. You are inclined to be passionate, with hidden motivations. You are often misunderstood but one of your great Plutonian assets is to go successfully through each life ordeal with ever growing strength.

With Venus among your dominant planets, one of your first reflexes is... to please! Your look, your charm, your seduction are omnipresent elements in your behaviour.

Your approach to things is connected to your heart and for you, no real communication can flow if your interlocutors exude no sympathy or warmth. Cold and logical reasoning, clear thoughts and good sense are not important to you: if there is no affective bond with your environment, no connection can be established with the Venusian that you are and nothing happens.

You have a strong artistic side and you never neglect subjective but clear concepts such as pleasure, beauty, and also sensuality, however, sometimes to the detriment of efficiency, durability, logic and... detachment.

In your natal chart, the three most important signs - according to criteria mentioned above - are in in decreasing order of strength Capricorn, Pisces and Aquarius. In general, these signs are important because your Ascendant or your Sun is located there. But this is not always the case: there may be a cluster of planets, or a planet may be near an angle other than the Midheaven or Ascendant. It may also be because two or three planets are considered to be very active because they form numerous aspects from these signs.

Thus, you display some of the three signs' characteristics, a bit like a superposition of features on the rest of your chart, and it is all the more so if the sign is emphasized.

Capricorn is one of your dominant signs and endows you with a grave and serious style that seems to stick to you constantly. But if you have that reserved and cold side - as some extrovert people may think -, on the other hand you possess sturdy qualities: you are strong-willed and tough. Your long-term vision, your sense of duty and your ambition are not affected by the derisory and erratic motions that seem to upset most mortals less steady than you. Besides, you are like a good wine, you age well and your natural solemnity paradoxically turns into an almost cheerful appearance, as you grow older. You are actually very sensitive when it comes to love. Faithful, caring, sweet and sensitive, your behaviour is very different in your everyday, sentimental life. A golden heart beats under your tough and austere appearance...

Pisces is among your dominant signs and endows your personality with unlimited sources of emotions, dreams, imagination, sensitivity, to the extent that you literally swim in a cloudy ocean of delightful impressions. These impressions are so intense and overwhelming that you don't really need to take action concretely, to show your dynamism or your willpower, since you already live so intensely with your feelings - you are as keen as a radar, always on the alert! That is why some people may not like your carelessness, the lack of clarity in your opinions or actions; however they quickly notice your artistic talents, your poetic or artistic side, and your total lack of wickedness. Besides, you feel compassion for people in pain - empathy is one of your great qualities. Thanks to your flexibility, your intuition and your generosity, you may spend an important part of your life helping others. And if you are creative or if you have well-known artistic talents, everybody will forgive your little flaws: absent-mindedness, lack of energy or of will, too dreamy temperament...

Aquarius is one of the most important signs in your natal chart: it endows your personality - at least one of its facets - with originality, to the point of eccentricity in spite of a sometimes distant and humane side. Likeable and impassive at the same time, you are a paradoxical woman, very hard to define because the two planets Uranus and Saturn blend their qualities to create the so complicated and endearing sign that inspires your character. Saturn's seriousness and impassivity is added to Uranus' rebellion, talent, individualism, charisma, extravagance and unpredictability! One of your main characteristics is that you never open up on a personal basis, but you tend to do so easily in public. You are actually quite strange. Sexy and charming in public, despite your nice and sociable character, you could frustrate many of your admirers in private because of your impossibility to show deep and warm affection, emotions, tears... But appearance and reality are two different things anyway - you are a kind of a genius, or you have at least a tremendous charm with this sign. You have many friends and an active social life. If you are detached in your love life - only in this aspect, the rest of chart will confirm it or not - this is no big deal!

Your sensitivity

Your sensitivity is devoid of infatuation or carelessness, Agnieszka RADWANSKA; you belong to the cerebral type and, due to your needs for inner security and for freedom, you consider feelings and emotions as burdens. You are apparently phlegmatic and almost detached. However, your swift reactivity and your fertile imagination make you appreciate friendly gatherings with numerous and varied exchanges. You do not wear your heart on your sleeve. At first, you seem cold but those who know you are aware of your very original and unique sense of humour. Your receptiveness is remarkable. Your observation talents and your detachment work wonders in the defence of your anti-conformist and rebellious ideas. Your stubbornness is obvious and it is very difficult to make you change your mind because you are affectively too vulnerable: it would require lengthy and thorough argumentations aiming at your intellect…
Your intellect and your social life

You are a “free-thinker”, Agnieszka RADWANSKA, and you tackle problems with a swift and efficient mind. Freedom, progress and originality are your driving forces. You are resolutely future-oriented and with ingenuity and inventiveness, you reform what is outgrown and you constantly innovate: psychology, computer sciences, new technologies… have almost no secret for you. Your human and idealist qualities are obvious, you are a very pleasant and interesting interlocutor, even though your rebellious and revolutionary side may be criticized. Indeed, you seem to be driven by a strong argumentativeness: you seldom share your friends’ views and, although you may come across as obstinate, intransigent and unpleasant, you do not hesitate to speak the truth! Instead of causing sudden break-ups with your friends, it is advisable that you express your creative potential more persistently whenever your nervous tension is too high.
Your affectivity and your seductiveness

In your chart, the Sun and Venus are both in Pisces. Pisces’ affectivity is traditionally believed to be disconcerting. Firstly because your behaviours are impenetrable and unpredictable. The rules of the game of love are of no concern to you since you have your own rules! You love, or you don’t love, according to criteria that may seem meaningless to many people. The detachment you display may also be disconcerting. Your heart cannot be imprisoned. If your beloved one is up to it, you give your love without reservation. But when you are deceived, you become capable of the more complete indifference, the most radical detachment. It is possible that you always bear in mind that, as exciting as it may be, a love affair is doomed to end. It is not that you are being pessimistic, it is just that you are being clear-sighted. You know how to provoke and to handle such break-ups, when necessary. You also know how to remain distant from a shaky relationship. Your thirst for the absolute cannot be satisfied with approximations… When your partner respects the subtlety and the fragility of your affective realm, you show an unfailing dedication and abnegation. Because you are very impressionable, you literally become your significant other and you form a couple that is more than understanding and close. Indeed, you are twin and unique!

Compassion and self-sacrifice: you are fond of this romantic mode and you are willing to express your feelings, the intensity of which is unlimited, Agnieszka RADWANSKA. With excitement and imagination, you dream your amorous relationships as much as you actually live through them. The line between the concrete world and your huge hopes is so tenuous that you don’t know anymore where it is, although your particularly rich sensuality prompts you to experience your feelings concretely. You want to share communion and passion with your partner. The lyrical flights of your feelings break from your heart as waves that you do not attempt to control because they give you a real, almost voluptuous and carnal joy. You give a lot – sometimes too much - without reservation, almost without propriety, totally revealing your vulnerability during your amorous exchanges because you are sure of the quality and the might of your feelings: they are so powerful and overwhelming that you are aware that nothing can resist them.
Your will and your inner motivations

Psychologically speaking, your nature is adaptable and receptive, exactly the opposite of the sign of Virgo whose very essence is to analyze every detail, thus creating a definite duality between the self and the outside world: conversely, Pisces absorbs and erases all forms of differentiation they face. With Pisces, there is no opposition, no conflict and no individual reaction. There is only fusion, non-separation, a perpetual and mobile spreading of the self over some blurred and huge sensation of sympathy with the environment. It is the absolute reign of feelings and emotions over the intellect and its separative logics.

As you are born under this sign, you are emotional, sensitive, dedicated, adaptable, nice, wild, compassionate, romantic, imaginative, flexible, opportunist, intuitive, impossible to categorized, irrational, seductive, placid, secretive, introverted, pleasant, artistic, and charming. But you may also be indecisive, moody, passive, confused, wavering, lazy, scatterbrained, vulnerable, unpredictable and gullible.

Madam, you are the great lover of the Zodiac. You are mysterious and romantic, with an incredible charm, incomparable sentimentality and unbelievable attractiveness. Your vulnerability and your passive child-like side are part of your natural seducing assets. The child-like woman or the femme fatale appears and disappears, in turn, according to your moods and to circumstances.

You are mobile, changeable but always noble. You move from excited encounters to delusions or to moments of despondency. You are driven by one sole constant motive: to listen to your feelings and your intuition, to use any given concrete situation as a basis for an imaginary realm full of fabulous and chimerical possibilities, where you are the adulated and worshipped star.

In your couple, you display the most total devotion. You offer your energy and your destiny to the man you love. You sacrifice yourself, as you sacrifice a whole lot of potentialities or opportunities, without remorse and with enthusiasm, so as to feel the chords of your perfect union vibrate more deeply and to raise your ideal of fusion and unlimited love to higher stages.

You are deeply in love, very intuitive and sensitive. Because of the dual nature of the sign of Pisces, it is likely that in the second part of your life, you will marry once more, unless you choose to have a simultaneous relationship, more or less hidden.
Your ability to take action

Agnieszka RADWANSKA, the way you take action gains in power and in precision what it loses in rapidity and spontaneity. You are “slow”, certainly. But when you get started, you put all your ingenuity and your persistence into it and you love to see a job well done. At the end of the day, owing to your ways, you are the winner. In your sex life, similarly, you are generous and instinctive and your slowness is not an obstacle. It may even bring fulfilment to you, but above all, to your partner! In love, as well as in your exchanges in general, you tend to keep your worries to yourself because you are extremely patient; you don’t say anything, you stand all the hits and one day, you explode into outbursts of anger that are as violent as they are rare, thanks God.

more here: http://www.astrotheme.com/portraits/6nD472qW5cYg.htm

St.Sebastian
Sep 19th, 2008, 10:07 PM
If anyone is going to read all this, they really have got no life... ;)

Caipirinha Guy
Sep 19th, 2008, 10:10 PM
just read the bold text. :)

pepe72
Sep 21st, 2008, 04:46 PM
Too long to read :(

Caipirinha Guy
Sep 26th, 2008, 12:42 PM
Radwański for "Rzeczpospolita":

Rz: Is Agnieszka Radwańska suffering of form crisis? She lost in China in 1 round of single, she lost in doubles...

Radwański: I wouldn't sound the alarm. It's unnecessary. One defeat is nothing threatening. Furthermore, it's good to loose sometimes, just not to get tired. We are aware that the matter of qualification to YEC is not finished in Beijing.

Rz: So Agnieszka is healthy and ready to play for a qualification to YEC?

Radwański: She is healthy and you shouldn't worry. If we have an opportunity of playing in Dauha, the game is worth the candle. My daughter lost to Jie Zheng, because it's a bad luck to play in first round against a strong player of hosts. Furthermore it was very cold, match was played in 8 degrees. It was difficult to sit in tribunes. Sometimes it is said about a short indisposition and it was such a day. She played better the thursday double match, they fought both, they didn't use some chances with Gisela Dulko and they lost to Chinese an equal match.

When it will be known if Agnieszka is qualified to Masters?

I think that in the beginning of October after Kremlin Cup. It's the biggest tournament in autumn. Afterwards it would be very difficult to do something.

Agnieszka wasn't to start in Moscow, she planned to play tournaments in Stuttgart and Zurich. Will be there some changes?

We comitted playing in Kremlin Cup in the last moment. Situation forced us to increase the number of starts. Ranking Race to the Championships consists in adding the points from the beginning of the year. If we must achieve the poins, we will play. Agnieszka will go to Stuttgart, Moscow, Zurich and maybe to Linz - maybe, because she will play if she needs those points to qualify. If she doesn't need, she won't play.

Was the tournament in Beijing different to Olympic Games?

We played in different courts. The weather was different. It's difficult to have new impressions when there's no time to see Beijing and you have to come back to Europe so quickly.

Way of Agnieszka's starts is much different than Urszula. Is there any chance to connect their starts?

Ula plays her tournaments. She started now in a big ITF tourney in Shrewsbury (she has lost to Laura Robson 3:6 3:6 - [journal addition], then she's going to Tashkent, and later to Quebec where she's playing because of her feed-up. She'll finish her season in Krakow in new polish tournament. Ula will soon be in TOP 100 - I'm an optimist.

The end of the season soon. The lack of sponsorship may be the most important matter of polish tennis. Prokom won't be a sponsor anymore. It's also a problem of Radwańscy team.

It was said about it much time ago. I have officialy known about it since a week that Mr Ryszard Krauze won't be a sponsor of tennis. I talked a lot about it with him. I had to accept his arguments. Now I announce that. My girls are looking for a new sponsor.

Do you think that elections of new president of Polish Tennis Association can chance something?

I don't know that, but I know about a variety of candidates. There's an ex-banker, there's a politician from the lead of Civic Platform. In my opinion the sport had better if there was no politics inside it.

AndreConrad
Sep 26th, 2008, 12:55 PM
Thanks Martin. At least we know both of the sisters' schedules :), good to know he is optimistic.

Malva
Sep 26th, 2008, 01:29 PM
Thank you for the translation.

Piotr Radwański sounds very reassuring. That's a very good news. I hope they don't worry about the sponsor right now. In any case, Agnieszka must have accumulated substantial resources to be used on a short term basis if needed.

justine schnyder
Sep 26th, 2008, 01:43 PM
Thanks dor the interview! :)

Radwanski doesn't seem to be worried but TBH I am worried but that's for anothher dicussion, I hope he's telling the truth and Aga was just a bit tired, it's normal. if she wasn't, so all the last defets are pretty bad (I know Petrova and Zheng are both very good players, but incase of losing, I'd expect a bit more fight from Aga..)
GL in the indoors tournys Aga!! Do your best!! We're behind you :)

P.S
I think it's really nice from her fater to say nice words about Aga's opponents after defets (Like he said about Serena, now Zheng )

AndreConrad
Sep 26th, 2008, 02:43 PM
Thanks dor the interview! :)

Radwanski doesn't seem to be worried but TBH I am worried but that's for anothher dicussion, I hope he's telling the truth and Aga was just a bit tired, it's normal. if she wasn't, so all the last defets are pretty bad (I know Petrova and Zheng are both very good players, but incase of losing, I'd expect a bit more fight from Aga..)
GL in the indoors tournys Aga!! Do your best!! We're behind you :)
P.S
I think it's really nice from her fater to say nice words about Aga's opponents after defets (Like he said about Serena, now Zheng )


I am not sure if I am worried, at very least this is not the right term for the way I see things. I believe that Agnieszka made significant improvements in her game and there are elements she still needs to work on; it is a process. As you change some of the aspects of your game, add new aproaches and shots that you developed you often need to change your strategy or simply change how you handle permanent elements of the game. What it means it is not enough to use a new shot with more confidence. Player needs to do something different before or after that new element, but this is not her habit in the beginning. It confuses the player for a while affecting parts of the game they handled well in the past. I am sure it is also frustrating. This stage lasts for a while until the new elements truely become part of player's routine. This is why I believe slumping is part of development and that Aga was due for one; furthermore I am not sure if it will be short slump. I hope so, but it will be what it will be.

The best of luck Agnieszka :yeah:

Malva
Sep 26th, 2008, 02:50 PM
@ martin2910's astrological excerpt

As somebody who devoted time in the past to studying Astrology (and its validity or the lack of), I am a bit disappointed with the long and convoluted interpretation of Agnieszka's horoscope which you excerpted. To me, it is utterly intransparent, and honestly the methodology is very dubious. To make things worse, you begin your excerpt from a clearly wrong spot, from the Earth signs, while Agnieszka is a Water sign.

In a valid interpretation of the horoscope it is always most important to determine, first, the aspects between the Sun, the Moon, the Ascendant (in this order), and the Planets. Secondly, to determine major aspects between the Planets, and then the lesser aspects. The number and the quality of the aspects is what counts. The natal chart interpretation should build on that. It doesn't have to be so wordy and convoluted, by the way.

Malva
Sep 26th, 2008, 02:59 PM
Regarding the supposed slump of Agnieszka:

I don't see any need to be talking about the slump at the moment, as her three recent losses were against very good players who were playing at their current best (in two out of three cases a lot better than their rankings), and thus were connected to Agnieszka's bad luck in drawings. Vera may have had a lot more success recently, but with a possible exception of beating Zheng Jie in Guang-zhou, she was playing a lot against average players while her performance at the US Open was to put it simply, poor. She has been reaping, maybe temporary, fruits of playing a lot more than Agnieszka since Wimbledon.

And also it must be obvious that Zheng, after disappointment in Guang-zhou, and the losses of the other Chinese in the first round in Beijing, must have had enormous motivation facing Agnieszka who beat Zheng the last time they met.

Matt.
Sep 29th, 2008, 12:53 AM
Reading this "Best & Worst" thread (http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=358103), I realize that I lost sight of how complex Agnieszka's game is. I, as well as many others in this forum, have closely followed her style of play and progressions through the last year or so. However, for those who haven't, they really don't know where to begin. They know, roughly, what her strengths (touch) and weaknesses (power) are, but it's really much more subtle then that. Some of the things people have mentioned in that thread are quite strange (for example: Aga's worst weakness being her mental strength :tape:).

Pszczelny
Sep 29th, 2008, 10:02 AM
To Pszczelny: could you update the first post? :D

done ;)

Agata.
Sep 29th, 2008, 03:30 PM
done ;)

Thanks :)

Krzysiu.
Oct 2nd, 2008, 05:49 PM
Isia may not compete in Moskva cuz there is no space in her passport to make a Russian visa. :spit:

Caipirinha Guy
Oct 2nd, 2008, 06:29 PM
Not "may not" but she definitely won't play there. Tobi said she had withdrawn today.

Krzysiu.
Oct 2nd, 2008, 07:09 PM
Who's Tobi? Is it Isia's boyfriend?

Malva
Oct 2nd, 2008, 07:26 PM
Who's Tobi? Is it Isia's boyfriend?

A forum moderator.

Caipirinha Guy
Oct 2nd, 2008, 08:06 PM
Who's Tobi? Is it Isia's boyfriend?

:lol:

Krzysiu.
Oct 9th, 2008, 07:56 PM
A forum moderator.

What happened with him? Did he marry some low-ranked tennis player and emigrate to Argentinian pampas?

Krzysiu.
Oct 9th, 2008, 08:33 PM
Oh I already know. He closed my thread about Kraków tournament :ras:

gumoll
Oct 9th, 2008, 08:45 PM
so are the rules there Krzysiu :shrug:

Krzysiu.
Oct 9th, 2008, 09:30 PM
so are the rules there Krzysiu :shrug:

I didn't want to break them.

gumoll
Oct 9th, 2008, 09:32 PM
but you did :p

Krzysiu.
Oct 9th, 2008, 09:45 PM
but you did :p

Man, we're in Poland. We can everything. We don't know where would be matches in Kraków tournament played. We don't have site of tournament. Our government gives money on sport facilities that would be NEVER built cuz the final dates are being postponed every month so the time to go is always 6-7 years. CzKT Victoria Częstochowa would drop if it didn't have indoor object. And even Mr. Krauze said addio to all of us :wavey:

gumoll
Oct 21st, 2008, 06:50 PM
http://sport.onet.pl/0,1248732,1848276,wiadomosc.html

;)

gumoll
Oct 21st, 2008, 07:55 PM
Aga tomorrow at 2 pm on ES :)

Matt.
Oct 21st, 2008, 07:58 PM
What does the article say, in general?

And someone please capture the match. :)

gumoll
Oct 21st, 2008, 09:26 PM
she hates the new rules in WTA :p

and if the rules will be really next year then she doesn't wan't to be in top ten ;)

Pszczelny
Oct 22nd, 2008, 02:29 PM
Linz is Aga's 10th quarterfinal of the year and 10th Tier II or above quarterfinal in career :yeah:

gumoll
Oct 22nd, 2008, 03:29 PM
with that win Aga won this season $1.000.000 :dance:

Matt.
Oct 26th, 2008, 07:28 PM
Now what do we do? :lol:

Malva
Oct 26th, 2008, 10:21 PM
Now what do we do? :lol:

We return to normal life for the next 2Ľ months.

AndreConrad
Oct 26th, 2008, 10:35 PM
Now what do we do? :lol:

We watch Quebec and see how Urszula is growing up, then watch YEC and if Agnieszka is not there we talk how great it would be if she was there :lol:... In all seriousness we all need a break. I hope Agnieszka will use it well to recharge as well as address some issues that keep haunting her. I really liked this season; hopefully the next one will be at least as successful.

SOA_MC
Oct 27th, 2008, 12:30 AM
Hey guys what's Aga first tournament for 09?

justine schnyder
Oct 27th, 2008, 07:14 AM
We return to normal life for the next 2Ľ months.

:lol: liked that answer ;)

Btw, what your sig says?

Caipirinha Guy
Oct 27th, 2008, 07:32 AM
Sydney

justine schnyder
Oct 27th, 2008, 07:38 AM
Sydney

Thanks :)
Does Poland have a repestation in Hopman cup?

SOA_MC
Oct 27th, 2008, 07:57 AM
Sydney

Thanks:)

Thanks :)
Does Poland have a repestation in Hopman cup?

They're not in it

justine schnyder
Oct 27th, 2008, 08:54 AM
Thanks:)



They're not in it

Thanks :)
It would be cool to see Aga playing it, but I'm not sure with who :tape:

Matt.
Oct 28th, 2008, 01:04 AM
Thanks :)
It would be cool to see Aga playing it, but I'm not sure with who :tape:

If she did, she could play with Frystenburg or Matkowski. They recently won a Masters Doubles Title so they must be quite good. They could bank on winning the Women's Singles and Mixed Doubles.

Krzysiu.
Oct 28th, 2008, 04:02 PM
Isia in gonna play doubles in Kraków next week instead of Doha champs, isn't she?

Caipirinha Guy
Oct 28th, 2008, 05:56 PM
Stupid joke of Wojtek:p

Krzysiu.
Oct 28th, 2008, 08:46 PM
Thanks :)
Does Poland have a repestation in Hopman cup?

:lol:

Stupid joke of Wojtek:p

huh?

Pszczelny
Oct 28th, 2008, 09:09 PM
Aga hasn't won a 3-setter since Kuzniecowa in Wimbledon, played just 2 :eek:

When she played so many 3-setters in 1st half of season, I said better she plays only 2-setters, so if she loses a set she should give up. She'll be less tired thanks to this. C'mon, I was just kidding. :lol: :p

Pszczelny
Oct 28th, 2008, 09:15 PM
Thanks :)
It would be cool to see Aga playing it, but I'm not sure with who :tape:

must wait 2 years for Jerzy Janowicz ;)

Caipirinha Guy
Oct 28th, 2008, 09:15 PM
:lol:
huh?

She won't play any f***ing doubles in Krakow!

gumoll
Oct 28th, 2008, 09:20 PM
Aga hasn't won a 3-setter since Kuzniecowa in Wimbledon, played just 2 :eek:

When she played so many 3-setters in 1st half of season, I said better she plays only 2-setters, so if she loses a set she should give up. She'll be less tired thanks to this. C'mon, I was just kidding. :lol: :p
now we know why Aga won't play YEC :(

Krzysiu.
Nov 1st, 2008, 04:18 PM
Report on Isia in Super Express.

- "I drive my new Mercedes as often I can. Saying pleasure I've lately always thought Mercedes. Driving it is just gorgeous. To be frank I must say: I falled in love with my car."

Isia's second passion is shopping. She goes there by her car.

- "I love buying new shoes" - she said.

Agnieszka flies in first class, sleeps in best hotels, eats in luxurious restaurants.

- "I don't go to 4-stars below. I sometimes say: Oh my God!."

gumoll
Nov 1st, 2008, 05:13 PM
:unsure:

Caipirinha Guy
Nov 1st, 2008, 05:15 PM
Tomek, it's just super express newspaper which could be used only as a toilet paper.:p

AndreConrad
Nov 1st, 2008, 05:20 PM
Tomek, it's just super express newspaper which could be used only as a toilet paper.:p
You meen is a tabloid?

Krzysiu.
Nov 1st, 2008, 05:38 PM
You meen is a tabloid?

Si senor.

Martin :lol:

Malva
Nov 1st, 2008, 10:51 PM
- "I drive my new Mercedes as often I can. Saying pleasure I've lately always thought Mercedes. Driving it is just gorgeous. To be frank I must say: I falled in love with my car."

With such toys I really can understand why going to all of these tournaments, constant focus on tennis, tactics, winning, training—is such a chore in comparison.

Matt.
Nov 2nd, 2008, 02:52 AM
With such toys I really can understand why going to all of these tournaments, constant focus on tennis, tactics, winning, training—is such a chore in comparison.

I think she's smart enough that she'll eventually realize that, unless she keeps winning at tennis, those toys won't be with her very long. :wavey:

Malva
Nov 2nd, 2008, 09:06 AM
I think she's smart enough that she'll eventually realize that, unless she keeps winning at tennis, those toys won't be with her very long. :wavey:

I hope so too but if you remember my first reactions to her completely substandard performance in Stockholm and Beijing, I am afraid I was right on target. And that's so understandable: she is so young, and fame and big money came to her so rapidly, ...together with her driving licence.

M&M
Nov 5th, 2008, 01:42 AM
PRZEGLĄD SPORTOWY: W tym sezonie grała pani na 99, czy może na 120 procent?
AGNIESZKA RADWAŃSKA: Myślę, że zrobiłam wszystko, co było można. A może nawet więcej. Zakończenie sezonu na 10. miejscu to osiągnięcie, nawet jeśli po drodze przegrało się jeden czy dwa ważne mecze. Nie spodziewałam się takiego skoku, kiedy w styczniu zaczynałam sezon pod koniec trzeciej dziesiątki. Myślałam o wejściu do dwudziestki, żartowałam, że chciałabym mieć jedynkę na początku. O ścisłej czołówce nawet nie marzyłam, a przez chwilę byłam nawet dziewiąta. Zaskoczyłam samą siebie.

PS: Jaki był pani najlepszy moment w tym sezonie?
Było ich sporo, trudno wybrać jeden. Ale chyba najbardziej cieszyły mnie dwa ćwierćfinały wielkoszlemowe. Dotrwanie do drugiego tygodnia na takim turnieju daje niesamowitą radość. Świadomość, że razem z garstką najlepszych ocalało się z tego tłumu tenisistów, którzy grali w pierwszych rundach. (..)

PS: A mistrzostw WTA pani nie szkoda? Chyba przykro być pierwszą pod kreską?
Ja to miejsce rezerwowej uważam za duży sukces. Wcześniej nikt by nie przypuszczał, że w ogóle będę się liczyć w tej rywalizacji. Nie udało się, trudno. Mam nadzieję, że w przyszłym roku o tej porze wciąż będę w czołówce i znów będę rywalizować o mistrzostwa. Może tym razem skuteczniej.
Rozmawiała Marta Mikiel

M&M
Nov 5th, 2008, 01:45 AM
http://www.sports.pl/g/ArtykulyFotografie.Fotografia.aspx/0/0/przegladsportowy/1225775436787.jpg
Kogo nie lubi Radwańska?
Choć ogólnie przyjęło się, że tenisowy świat to jedna wielka rodzina, to i tak, jak w każdej rodzinie, są sympatie i antypatie.


A kogo nie lubi Agnieszka Radwańska? Okazuje się, że Jeleny Janković, liderki rankingu WTA Tour. Czy to zawiść? Wręcz przeciwnie, zwykła antypatia do której każdy ma prawo, broni się w "Gazecie Wyborczej" Isia.

- Na turnieju w Linzu organizatorzy zrobili akcję stworzenia ciekawego plakatu, który potem licytowano. Narysowałam karykaturę, ale nie podpisałam jej. Mimo to wszyscy poznali, że to Jelena. Narysowałam zawodniczkę w szpagacie, z różową sukienką i czarnymi włosami - wspomina polska tenisistka.

- Dlaczego Janković? Jest liderką, wszędzie jej pełno, cały czas robi wokół siebie dużo zamieszania - tłumaczyła się Polka, która obecnie przebywa w Dausze, jako rezerwowa przed mistrzostwami WTA. Ten wyjazd to raczej wcześniejsze wakacje na koszt sponsora, a może...

- Zamykam pierwszą dziesiątkę najlepiej zarabiających tenisistek w tym sezonie. Kryzys amerykański jakoś na moje finanse nie wpłynął. Jest dobrze. Będę czekać do startu ostatniego meczu turnieju. Jak się okaże, że nie gram, to nie pójdę na kort trenować. Może uda się odpocząć choć tydzień. Marzę już o egzotycznej plaży i słońcu. Liczę jednak, że zagram jeszcze przynajmniej trzy mecze w Dausze.


sports.pl

M&M
Nov 5th, 2008, 02:12 AM
Radwańska: Za rok chcę być numerem 1
Agnieszka Radwańska (19 l.) podsumowuje najlepszy sezon w karierze i zapowiada, że kolejny będzie jeszcze lepszy.
Isia to prawdziwa specjalistka od skoków. 2006 rok zaczęła na 380. miejscu, a skończyła na 57. Rok później finiszowała na 32. pozycji. Teraz skoczyła o kolejne 22 miejsca. – Do końca następnego sezonu chcę skoczyć już tylko o 9 miejsc – mówi „Super Expressowi”.
Dziś w Doha rozpocznie się turniej Masters. Agnieszka Radwańska (19 l.) jest w nim pierwszą rezerwową. Wywalczyła to sobie przez rok ciężkiej pracy, tysiące godzin na kortach i setki w samolotach. – Jestem w pierwszej dziesiątce, nie mogę narzekać – mówi wprost.
Agnieszka, jako jedna z dwóch zawodniczek na świecie (druga to liderka rankingu Jelena Janković), dotarła w tym roku do 4. rundy wszystkich turniejów wielko-szlemowych.
– To bardzo cenne, bo dowodzi, że grałam równo przez cały sezon. Ćwierćfinały w Australii i na Wimbledonie mówią same za siebie – podkreśla Isia. – No i wygrałam trzy turnieje, i to na trzech różnych nawierzchniach. Nie lubię się chwalić, ale jestem jedyną zawodniczką, która dokonała czegoś takiego w tym roku.
Radwańska zagrała w tym sezonie ponad 100 oficjalnych meczów. Jak sama przyznaje, większości nie pamięta. Ale kilka było wyjątkowych. – Chyba nigdy nie zapomnę finału w Eastbourne. To były prawie trzy godziny morderczej walki z Nadią Pietrową. W tie-breaku drugiego seta miałam piłki meczowe, ale przegrałam 11-13. Potem w trzecim wygrałam 6:4. To był mecz! – wspomina Agnieszka. – Kiedy po tych 3 godzinach dawali mi puchar, nie wiedziałam, jak się nazywam! Ale odniosłam najcenniejsze zwycięstwo w karierze.
To był wspaniały sezon, ale Agnieszka przegrała 20 meczów, w tym kilka bardzo niespodziewanie.
– Najbardziej bolesna była porażka w Miami. To był wielki turniej, mnóstwo punktów i pieniędzy do zdobycia. A ja przegrałam z 15-letnią Portugalką de Brito, notowaną ponad 200 miejsc niżej ode mnie – tłumaczy Isia. – Jedyne usprawiedliwienie, że nie grałam wtedy na 100 procent możliwości. Nie wiem, czy nawet na 50...
Kilka takich porażek spowodowało, że w rozpoczynającym się dziś turnieju Masters Polka jest tylko rezerwową. – Długo byłam na miejscu dającym mi prawo startu w Doha. Niestety, Wiera Zwonariewa i Venus Williams miały bardzo dobrą końcówkę sezonu i wyprzedziły mnie w rankingu. Wielka szkoda – żałuje Agnieszka. – Ale moją zaletą jest to, że porażki mnie mobilizują. Jestem 10. na świecie i z turnieju na turniej gram coraz lepiej. W ciągu roku skoczyłam z trzydziestego miejsca na dziesiąte. A w kolejnym sezonie zrobię wszystko, żeby awansować z dziesiątego na pierwsze!
Agnieszka zapewnia, że ma kilka pomysłów na to, jak poprawić swoją grę i przeskoczyć kolejne rywalki w rankingu. – Ale nie powiem. Nigdy nie wiadomo, która z rywalek czyta „Super Express” – śmieje się najlepsza polska tenisistka.

10 razy „naj” Radwańskiej w tym sezonie:

Najcenniejsze zwycięstwo – wygrana na turnieju w Eastbourne
Najgorsza porażka – 6:2, 3:6, 5:7 z Michelle Larcher de Brito w Miami
Najtrudniejszy mecz – finał w Eastbourne z Nadią Pietrową 6:4, 6:7 (11-13), 6:4
Najłatwiejszy mecz – 6:0, 6:0 z Soraną Cirsteą w 2. rundzie w Stambule
Największe zaskoczenie – decyzja Justine Henin o zakończeniu kariery
Największy postęp – Wiktoria Azarenka i Karolina Woźniacki
Największa premia – 187 663 dolary za ćwierćfinał Wimbledonu
Najwyżej notowana pokonana rywalka – Swietłana Kuzniecowa (2. w rankingu) 6:3, 6:4 w 3. rundzie Australian Open
Najdłuższy lot – 41 godzin z australijskiego Melbourne do Krakowa
Najbardziej zalazły mi za skórę – siostry Williams; porażki z Sereną 4:6, 0:6 na Wimbledonie i 3:6, 1:6 w Berlinie oraz 1:6, 3:6 z Venus na US Opense.pl

M&M
Nov 5th, 2008, 02:37 AM
Agnieszka Radwańska: Siostra sobie poradzi
http://bi.gazeta.pl/im/8/5877/z5877178X.jpg
- Skoro nie wystąpię w Krakowie, to pozostaje mi liczyć na siostrę - deklaruje Agnieszka Radwańska, która będzie specjalnym gościem Salwator Cup

Szymon Opryszek: Rok temu, gdy rozpoczęły się starania o organizację turnieju nikt nie spodziewał się, że zabraknie w nim najlepszej polskiej tenisistki.

Agnieszka Radwańska: Niefortunnie zbiegły się daty Turnieju Mistrzyń i krakowskiego futuresa. Rok temu i ja nie marzyłam nawet o występie w prestiżowych zawodach w Doha. Skoro mam szansę jechać tam w roli rezerwowej, to muszę z niej skorzystać.

Zamiast Pani najwyżej rozstawione będą Alisa Klejbanowa i Tamarine Tanasugarn.

- To całkiem dobre zawodniczki, ale zupełnie różne. Rosjanka to potężna tenisistka. Ostatnio miała problemy osobiste, dawno jej nie widziałam na korcie. Wraca i całkiem dobrze sobie radzi. Z Tanasugarn grałam nieraz, potrafi zaskakiwać.



Salwator Cup rozgrywany jest na dwóch obiektach. Czy ciągłe zmiany lokalizacji nie zirytują zawodniczek.

- To przede wszystkim problem dla organizatorów. Muszą zapewniać dojazd zawodniczkom, sędziom, czy nawet dzieciom do podawania piłek. Tenisistki lubią, gdy wszystko jest na miejscu, włącznie z hotelem i restauracją. Ale narzekać nie powinny.

Siostry nie zeżre presja przed własną publicznością?

- Ula wróciła z Kanady, może mieć problemy ze zmianą czasu. Miała mniej czasu niż pozostałe zawodniczki, by przyzwyczaić się do nawierzchni. Ona lubi szybkie, twarde korty, więc nie powinno być problemów.

Można ją zaliczyć do grona faworytek?

- Dużo zależeć będzie od losowania i szczęścia. Mam jednak nadzieję, że w półfinałową sobotę, gdy wrócę z Turnieju Mistrzyń, Ula będzie jeszcze grać.


Źródło: Gazeta Wyborcza Kraków

M&M
Nov 5th, 2008, 02:42 AM
Radwańska: Nikomu źle nie życzę, ale...
- Wypadki i kontuzje chodzą po ludziach. Nikomu źle nie życzę, ale wsiadam do samolotu z nadzieją, że zagram w mistrzostwach WTA - mówi "Gazecie" Agnieszka Radwańska.
We wtorek w katarskiej Dausze zaczynają się prestiżowe Mistrzostwa WTA, czyli turniej dla ośmu najlepszych tenisistek sezonu. Wystartują: Jelena Janković, Dinara Safina, Serena Williams, Ana Ivanović, Jelena Dementiewa, Swietłana Kuzniecowa, Wiera Zwonariewa i Venus Williams. Radwańska nie zdołała wywalczyć bezpośredniego awansu, bo w rankingu zajmuje 10. miejsce (zabrakło jej jednej pozycji, bo w Katarze nie gra Maria Szarapowa), ale na mistrzostwa poleciała w sobotę jako rezerwowa.

Szymon Opryszek: Jedzie pani do Dauhy w roli rezerwowej. Czy w głębi duszy nie ma jednak lekkiego zawodu?

Agnieszka Radwańska: - Wiele osób chętnie by się ze mną zamieniło. Zaproszenie na Turniej Mistrzyń to mój wielki sukces, nawet jeśli nie wyjdę na kort. Taka szansa może się już nie powtórzyć. Trudno jest się utrzymać w ścisłej czołówce.

Szansa na start w imprezie wymknęła się po przegranym korespondencyjnym pojedynku z Wierą Zwonariewą.

- Rosjanka grała w końcówce sezonu bardzo dobrze. Ja byłam zmęczona. Mam nadzieję, że świeżość już wróciła.




Pani ojciec mówi, że przegraliście wyścig przy zielonym stoliku .

- Nie dostałam wizy rosyjskiej na turniej w Moskwie, bo zabrakło miejsca na pieczątkę. Można ją było wbić w miejscu dla dzieci. Z drugiej strony mogłam tam odpaść z zawodów już w pierwszej rundzie.

Pula nagród w Dausze - 4,5 mln dol. - oszałamia. Szejkowie płacą nawet rezerwowym.

- Zarobię dobre pieniądze. Nie jadę tam jednak dla kasy. Gdybym została w Krakowie lub pojechała na wakacje, a okazałoby się, że mogłam grać, to bym sobie tego nigdy nie wybaczyła. Wypadki i kontuzje chodzą po ludziach. Nikomu źle nie życzę, ale wsiadam do samolotu z nadzieją, że może zagram.

I jaki cel będzie pani wówczas przyświecał?

- Mam świadomość, że nie będzie tam łatwych meczów. Każda rywalka jest na światowym poziomie. Każdy ugrany set będzie sukcesem.

Nie uważa pani, że ten turniej to niemalże cyrk na zamówienie szejków, w którym tenis schodzi na drugi plan?

- Oglądałam zawody w ubiegłym roku i nawet poziom finału był niższy niż w normalnych turniejach. Nie ma co liczyć na to, że dziewczyny będą walczyć jak na Roland Garros. Sezon dobiega końca, od zakończenia US Open wszyscy w szatni mówią już tylko o wakacjach.

Która z rywalek będzie faworytką Turnieju Mistrzyń?

- W tym sezonie w kobiecym tenisie nie było konkretnej liderki. Czołówka jest wyrównana, a w Dausze zabraknie jeszcze Marii Szarapowej. Poza siostrami Venus i Sereną Williams jedną z faworytek będzie pewnie Jelena Janković, która ostatnio jest w dobrej dyspozycji.

Sądząc po pani ostatnim dziele artystycznym, Serbce pani nie kibicuje?

- Na turnieju w Linzu organizatorzy zrobili akcję stworzenia ciekawego plakatu, który potem licytowano. Narysowałam karykaturę, ale nie podpisałam jej. Mimo to wszyscy poznali, że to Jelena. Narysowałam zawodniczkę w szpagacie, z różową sukienką i czarnymi włosami. Dlaczego Janković? Jest liderką, wszędzie jej pełno, cały czas robi wokół siebie dużo zamieszania.

Sezon był ciężki, a teraz niektóre zawodniczki grożą bojkotem. Czy będziecie negocjować z władzami WTA?

- Liczymy, że dojdzie do spotkania. Reguły narzucone przez federację są śmieszne. To my chcemy decydować, na które turnieje jedziemy. WTA chciałoby zakazać nam grania w małych turniejach. Rozmawiamy z dziewczynami, wszystkie mamy podobne zdanie.


Działacze WTA tłumaczą, że dzięki reformom najlepsze tenisistki będą lepiej zarabiać.

- Ten argument jest niepoważny. Zakaz grania byłby niezgodny z jakimkolwiek prawem. Jeśli ktoś spadnie z 7. miejsca na 11., to nagle duże pieniądze przestaną go dotyczyć. Musimy coś wymyślić razem i próbować zmienić zasady nam narzucane.

Może przy okazji startu w Turnieju Mistrzyń uda się pani znaleźć sponsora generalnego?

- Po wycofaniu Prokomu jest problem z młodymi polskimi zawodnikami, którzy jeszcze na siebie nie zarabiają. Młodzież będzie miała trudniej, niż miałam ja za czasów pomocy pana Ryszarda Krauzego. Nie narzekam na brak propozycji, ale podchodzę do nich odpowiedzialnie. Nie biegnę podpisywać pierwszych lepszych kontraktów.

Jedzie pani na turniej milionerek do miasta miliarderów. Drink z palemką na koniec sezonu?

- Zamykam pierwszą dziesiątkę najlepiej zarabiających tenisistek w tym sezonie. Kryzys amerykański jakoś na moje finanse nie wpłynął. Jest dobrze. Będę czekać do startu ostatniego meczu turnieju. Jak się okaże, że nie gram, to nie pójdę na kort trenować. Może uda się odpocząć choć tydzień. Marzę już o egzotycznej plaży i słońcu. Liczę jednak, że zagram jeszcze przynajmniej trzy mecze w Dausze.

Pszczelny
Nov 5th, 2008, 04:30 PM
injuries? withdrawals? any good news from Doha? ;)

justine schnyder
Nov 5th, 2008, 05:29 PM
Translation, please :sobbing:

Thanks M@M though :)

Malva
Nov 6th, 2008, 12:02 AM
injuries? withdrawals? any good news from Doha? ;)

Good news from Agnieszka's viewpoint: she doesn't have to face any of the top girls.

Honestly, my suspicions lingering over a long period of time now came almost into certainty: Agnieszka was quite content to be passed by Vera in the Race. This way she went to Doha, but she didn't have to play against the top girls which she doesn't seem to be comfortable at the moment (especially the big hitting Williams sisters).

gumoll
Nov 7th, 2008, 02:09 PM
Ana out :sad:

Aga to play Sveta in last match today :)

Pszczelny
Nov 7th, 2008, 02:12 PM
Ana out :sad:

Aga to play Sveta in last match today :)

:banana:

whatever the score will be :lol:

Agata.
Nov 7th, 2008, 02:15 PM
wow, I didn't expect this... at least I didn't expect that Ana will withdraw now

gumoll
Nov 7th, 2008, 02:20 PM
will she get that 105/185 point to ranking?

Pszczelny
Nov 7th, 2008, 03:01 PM
will she get that 105/185 point to ranking?

imo it's 35 pts for 1 match played + 80 if won

Pszczelny
Nov 7th, 2008, 03:02 PM
just heard Pietrowa replaces Williams, so if she beats Dementiewa, she will qualify to SF? :confused:

gumoll
Nov 7th, 2008, 03:03 PM
so why Sveta has 105 points??? :confused:

Pszczelny
Nov 7th, 2008, 03:06 PM
so why Sveta has 105 points??? :confused:

what do you mean "has"? she still hasn't played her 3rd match

gumoll
Nov 7th, 2008, 03:09 PM
I went to tbe ranking thread and he gave her already 105 thats why I got so confused :lol:

Pszczelny
Nov 7th, 2008, 03:11 PM
I went to tbe ranking thread and he gave her already 105 thats why I got so confused :lol:

ok :rolls:

105 pts is guaranteed if player plays all 3 matches

Agata.
Nov 7th, 2008, 03:22 PM
who do you think Aga would rather like to play against today? Sveta or Elena :p?

gumoll
Nov 7th, 2008, 03:27 PM
I think Elena is playing better in Doha so Sveta is the best player to play against :p

Pszczelny
Nov 7th, 2008, 03:32 PM
who do you think Aga would rather like to play against today? Sveta or Elena :p?

Lena, her game is better for Aga ;)


btw even Stopa still doesn't know if Pietrowa has a chance to qualify

Agata.
Nov 7th, 2008, 03:34 PM
^^ but TBE said she hasn't got any, I trust him ;)

gumoll
Nov 7th, 2008, 03:36 PM
RR is good for ATP but for WTA they should bring back the KO system :(

Pszczelny
Nov 7th, 2008, 03:41 PM
^^ but TBE said she hasn't got any, I trust him ;)

and any serious source? :p

Pszczelny
Nov 7th, 2008, 03:44 PM
RR is good for ATP but for WTA they should bring back the KO system :(

without Aga, it doesn't matter for me whether it's RR or KO :lol:

gumoll
Nov 7th, 2008, 04:18 PM
but when KO then 16 players :p

Pszczelny
Nov 7th, 2008, 04:36 PM
but when KO then 16 players :p

only with 16, with 8 the tournament would be too short ;)

Ok, commentators said Pietrowa can't qualify, I want to believe it's true, so I'm not mad that Pietrowa got a chance to be in SF instead of Aga :p

Malva
Nov 7th, 2008, 09:40 PM
just heard Pietrowa replaces Williams, so if she beats Dementiewa, she will qualify to SF? :confused:

Apparently she would have — how funny? Petrova actually being luckier than Agnieszka, because she, unlike Agnieszka, had a chance to qualify. I think Isia had a fair chance of beating Elena provided she was really motivated, and today she was. People who didn't watch the Istanbul Final are quick to think that Elena lost beacuse she was playing badly. And that's far from being true. Elena lost because in spite of her playing well, Agnieszka turned around the match she looked like loosing by a sudden and a very effective change of tactic throughout the First set. When she is playing like that (and believes in winning) very few can stop her. They literally must obliterate her from the court. I am not even sure that there is a player who always can be counted upon doing that against Agnieszka.

gumoll
Nov 7th, 2008, 09:56 PM
Nadia would not qualify ;)

Malva
Nov 7th, 2008, 11:52 PM
Nadia would not qualify ;)

So, how then who qualifies is being determined? Just the number of your own victories? Then the number of sets played? And finally the games difference?

If Nadia beat Elena today, they both would end up with a single victory, and Nadia with fewer losses (none)...

Anyway, YEC is ranking points going cheap: you lose everything you can: you earn 105 points. You play one single match and win: you earn as much as for winning a Tier IV tournament!

gumoll
Nov 7th, 2008, 11:58 PM
if the player withdraws after 1 match and the alternate wins both remaining matches (only if the players in gp also havent won 2 matches each also)

* possible for 3 to win 2 matches, then the alt misses out due to # of matches played

:shrug:

Malva
Nov 8th, 2008, 01:09 AM
Thank you Tomek. Whatever the rules, TBE probably knows them. I am very happy that Agnieszka got her chance to play and that she showed how good she can be.

In my opinion, she really needed this victory at YEC. Not only it builds her motivation, it also hopefully gives her confidence that she is to become a permanent member of the Top 10 club, and develops a strong desire not to rest satisfied with what she achieved in 2 short years but to climb even higher, and to become a serious contender for the top prizes.

smokovec
Nov 8th, 2008, 11:13 AM
That's a good way to end this Season, with a win in 2 sets at YEC.

I hope that Aga continue to play like this in 2009, win more important matches and climb the ranking, she is one of the more intelligent players right now.

spriwi
Nov 8th, 2008, 11:24 AM
3/4 top ten wins on sveta :rolls:

Matt.
Nov 10th, 2008, 01:08 AM
Just an observation on an important characteristic of Isia that I've noticed:

After watching her match against Sveta, I noticed how much she hates to lose. She made 4 unforced errors in that match, and loathed each one. She likes to win, and she likes to hit winners. But she hates to lose and hates to make errors. I think that this could be a very important characteristic come crunch-time in the next few years.

Caipirinha Guy
Nov 10th, 2008, 10:57 AM
Doesn't like to loose but when she wins she doesn't express her happiness then.:confused:

Matt.
Nov 10th, 2008, 12:16 PM
Doesn't like to loose but when she wins she doesn't express her happiness then.:confused:

Right. I think she's happy/indifferent when she wins a match, but can have a look of utmost disgust when losing a tight match.

Agata.
Nov 10th, 2008, 03:31 PM
Apparently Aga got even 185pts (not 115pts) for YEC, so :D

edit: it seems that sb who makes ranks in WTA made a mistake :confused:

justine schnyder
Nov 10th, 2008, 04:43 PM
I have a question to you all :)what are your expectations from Aga to 2009? do you think the serve will improve? what about the power? achievements?
Discuss :)

gumoll
Nov 10th, 2008, 04:56 PM
I just hope that she will stay in top 15 :p

M&M
Nov 10th, 2008, 09:07 PM
well, i have the feeling that next year will be even better. i think aga will establish herself in the top 10 :)

Krzysiu.
Nov 11th, 2008, 12:02 AM
Apparently Aga got even 185pts (not 115pts) for YEC, so :D

edit: it seems that sb who makes ranks in WTA made a mistake :confused:

everyone should have second chance :D

Malva
Nov 11th, 2008, 10:38 AM
Just an observation on an important characteristic of Isia that I've noticed:

After watching her match against Sveta, I noticed how much she hates to lose. She made 4 unforced errors in that match, and loathed each one. She likes to win, and she likes to hit winners. But she hates to lose and hates to make errors. I think that this could be a very important characteristic come crunch-time in the next few years.

I am not sure about losing: I saw her pretty relaxed aftere many of her losses this year even when we or others were concerned, for example after being heavily beaten by the Williams sisters, and on a few other occasions. In fact, I am quite surprised how lightly she seems to be taking losses.

I agree though that she really cringes at making errors — and I like it, it's a mark of a perfectionist.

Malva
Nov 11th, 2008, 10:47 AM
I have a question to you all :)what are your expectations from Aga to 2009? do you think the serve will improve? what about the power? achievements?
Discuss :)

I am very cautious especially seeing how silly are most of the predictions made in the forum. I am not sure Isia is going to have as much success as she had this year, but on the other hand her life in most tournaments will be so much easier with just one-two wins propelling her to quarter-finals.

Whether she is going to address serious shortcomings in her game we don't know, we will see.

Next year there is always a chance that some girl may make a spectacular run. This of course would endanger Agnieszka's place in the Top 10. But over #12 she has hundreds of points to her advantage. Even over Petrova she has a clear advantage. Petrova must be in stellar form in order to beat Agnieszka: she beat her thrice this year, let's not forget about it. I also expect her to be one who is very difficult to beat by nearly anybody ranked lower than herself. She is also really much safer from getting into a major slump than most girls, because she never plays aggressive low percentage game.

AndreConrad
Nov 11th, 2008, 01:13 PM
I concur with most of what Malva said. Perhaps I disagree about her immunity to a slump. I think it is quite possible for Agnieszka to lose matches to lower ranked players; we all saw that she had periods of such performance. Despite of lack of general disagreement on this board on the subject I believe the players are very close to each other with their capabilities. Let’s take Vera and Safina as examples; neither one of them made major improvements in their game, but they did improve consistency by being more mentally disciplined. This allowed them to take great advantage of the capabilities they already possessed for the most part. I can see returns of Nadia and Daniela or entrance of some other talented players.

On the other hand going to my expectations I have to say I have more of a wish and that is that Agnieszka continues her raise. Furthermore I hope she’ll improve her second serve by training and natural gain of strength as she matures. My final wish is that she’ll beat both Williams sisters next year :lol:… I hope I am not wishing too much ;)

Krzysiu.
Nov 11th, 2008, 07:25 PM
I'd like to repeat once again: Isia is the youngest Top10 player. She needed only short break to relax and what happened: great match in Ad-Dauha against Kuzzie. 2009 is gonna be her season ;)

Malva
Nov 12th, 2008, 12:04 AM
Perhaps I disagree about her immunity to a slump. I think it is quite possible for Agnieszka to lose matches to lower ranked players; we all saw that she had periods of such performance.

I have my own eyes to see that she can occasionally lose to lower ranked players.

I said that it was very difficult for them to achieve that — and that's a totally different story. I am afraid you missed this subtle but crucial distinction. Just look at her most disappointing losses: Woźniacki, Schiavone, Petrova, Azarenka (I am not considering her pre-Istanbul performance — for me she was an apprentice back then).

In all four cases her opponents were at their best, even very best, and all but Schiavone are among the best #11-20 girls.

gumoll
Nov 17th, 2008, 05:16 PM
http://www.sport.pl/sport/1,65025,5957546,Radwanski__Cel_na_przyszly_rok_pie rwsza_piatka.html?skad=rss
it's and interview with papa Radwański

few things from it:

1. Aga is in Africa
2. Goal for 2009 - to be in top 5
3. she will play less doubles next year :)

Krzysiu.
Nov 17th, 2008, 07:08 PM
Papa: "Agnieszka is still a young person" xD

Matt.
Nov 18th, 2008, 01:04 AM
Not to nag, but there were a few articles/interviews in the previous pages of this thread. If anyone could translate them or just summarize, that would be great. :wavey:

olivero
Nov 26th, 2008, 04:45 PM
has anyone seen this? :eek:
the whole site on interia.pl dedicated to Aga (and Ula)

there are so many things here that I just post the main link (unfortunately only in polish):

http://sport.interia.pl/raport/agnieszka_radwanska

in one of the videos Aga visit's Ula at school :lol:

jomamoto
Nov 28th, 2008, 12:07 AM
and chat with Agnieszka
http://czateria.interia.pl/goscie-czaterii,czat,1941,strona,1

Agata.
Nov 29th, 2008, 04:06 PM
Aga is nominated as one of the 25 Polish sportsmen, who will fight for a place in the top 10 of Polish athletes of the 2008 year :D

She should be ranked 7-10 IMO, as surely people will rather vote for the Olimpics medalists and Kubica

http://www.mistrzowiesportu.pl/nominowani.asp?Strona=2

Caipirinha Guy
Nov 29th, 2008, 06:37 PM
Nice chat from interia.pl. I even managed to ask four questions.:p

gumoll
Dec 19th, 2008, 02:04 PM
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Aga is so cute and funny here :haha: :spit: :lol:

AndreConrad
Dec 19th, 2008, 02:22 PM
Yes they are all cute :lol:

AndreConrad
Dec 21st, 2008, 02:57 AM
The 360 Interview: Agnieszka Radwanska

by Sarah Thurmond

PERSON
Home is…

I was born in Poland, but after I was a few months old my family went to Germany. My sister was born there. So, actually, I grew up in Germany for almost seven years. We came back to Poland, to Krakow, and now I live and practice there. I’m happy to show you can practice in Poland. Everyone said it was impossible. In my city there are no hard courts. There’s clay, carpet, and something like a hard [court] but none outside. I just want to show everyone you can do it [without going to] a tennis academy, where it’s just tennis and nothing else. I just wanted to stay home.
Sisterhood…

I have just one sister. She’s also a tennis player. She’s a best friend. Since we were small girls we’ve done everything together: same school, practice together twice a day, shopping together, everything. Like everyone, we fight over small, stupid things. It’s hard to explain just what. It’s just one-year difference in our ages. If it was five- or ten-years difference, it would be a different situation.
Hobbies…

I love shopping. Any chance to go, especially in the United States. If I lose a match, for sure I go shopping. I have four favorite brands: Armani Exchange, Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, and Abercrombie and Fitch. I also like other sports, like swimming, skiing, and snowboarding, which now since I’m playing professionally is too dangerous to do. It’s not my fault because I can do it; it’s the crazy people, they can crush you. I have to be careful.
I also like music. My favorites are Justin Timberlake and Timbaland’s songs, “The Way You Are” and “SexyBack,” Rihanna’s “Don’t Stop the Music,” and Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s “Déjà Vu,” and a Polish group, but it doesn’t matter because nobody will know them. I also like to watch DVDs. Right now my favorite is the TV series Prison Break and Lost.


PLAYER
Introduction to tennis…

I started playing tennis in Germany. My father taught me everything. He’s still my coach.
Breakthrough moment…

I think the junior Wimbledon that I won in 2005. I was winning some big junior tournaments, but it was like nothing. They were big tournaments, but not a Grand Slam, so no one cares. But winning a Grand Slam title was the moment everything changed. I was top of the juniors so there was something. I was doing good.
Transition from juniors to pros…

I cannot explain [why I transitioned so well]. If somebody could explain it, everybody can be No. 1. It’s not a secret because I’m just doing my best at every tournament. Of course it was hard to change from juniors to women’s tennis because everything is different. Not everybody plays on the same level in a match. It’s up and down. But in juniors it’s very up and down. It’s more, like, down. Sometimes in juniors if somebody loses the first set they just give up the second. Like, no chance, no fighting to the last point. Here [on the women’s tour], you have to play your best, a hundred percent, to win. The players are strong. Their serves are strong. Like the Williamses, their serves are like 200 kilometers per hour or something. It’s different.
Olympics debut…

It was awesome. You get to meet every sportsman from your country and from other countries. The best thing was the Village. Everyone together, the huge restaurant, the huge gym, you could see everyone. It was something different. Normally, if you’re playing a tournament every week, it’s like just the hotel and the club and nothing else. The first week that I was practicing [in Beijing], I felt it was like a colony. You’re practicing but you’re seeing everyone in the evening at the meetings and at dinner, and it was very nice. I wanted to go see some other sports but there was no chance. I watched some on TV. But, of course, it’s better to see someone live than to watch it on TV.
Playing with sister…

When I play doubles with my sister, I’m a little bit [more of the leader] because I’m older and have more experience on the court and know more about the top players. We travel and practice together all the time and sometimes I end up playing [singles] against a player that she can give me advice about. But at this level, we know everyone.
Strategy to be No. 1…

Just keep working hard. The girls in the Top 20 play at the same level, I think. Everybody can be No. 1. So I’m just doing everything I can.

GEAR
Clothes and racquet…

You have to feel comfortable, first of all. If not, you’re not thinking about the game. You’re thinking about your t-shirt or your shoes. I like a few colors: blue, pink, violet, and red. For evening I like black. I don’t have [a sponsor] for apparel, but I wear a patch for my sponsor Prokom [a Polish investment company]. I have shoes from Babolat, my racquet sponsor. I’ve played with Babolat for the last five or six years.
[U]CREW
Travels with...
It depends. I travel more often with my father than my mom. Sometimes it’s more important that he’s going [with me]. I also travel with my sister. We try to play the same tournaments, but sometimes I’m playing the big one and she’s playing a small one somewhere else.
The fans…

It was this year, when I was Top 20, people started recognizing me. Sometimes it’s hard. Even if I just go to the shop to buy something, I want to stay on line like a normal person. But everyone’s watching you, looking at you.
Personal life...
No boyfriend. It’s hard, especially now that it’s my second [full] year on tour. Every week I’m somewhere else. I keep in touch with my friends at home, of course, but it’s more like emails and text messages. I don’t see them too often.
Pets...
I have no pets. I don’t have [the rats] Flippy and Floppy anymore. No one could take care of them so I don’t have anything.

This has been posted in GM, it certainly is of interest of the community here. Happy Holidays everyone :wavey:

Malva
Dec 21st, 2008, 08:55 AM
Thanks for the the interview. What was the original language?

AndreConrad
Dec 21st, 2008, 06:12 PM
Thanks for the the interview. What was the original language?

I have not seen the original, so I don't know at the moment.

justine schnyder
Dec 21st, 2008, 08:59 PM
Thanks a lot AndreConard! :)

Great interview, good to hear from Aga in the offseason :)

Agata.
Dec 23rd, 2008, 06:36 PM
http://www.sport.pl/tenis/1,64987,6093498,Radwanscy_bez_znajomosci_maja_prob lem.html :sad:


In short:
- Aga will play the 2009 season without any big sponsor, it will happen for the first time since long time. This is because Prokom, which was her main sponsor has withdrawn from sponsoring tennis
- Aga can't find any other sponsor because she does not belong to any big managing company (she doesn't want to be depentent on them) and therefore she is losing fights for the contracts with big sponsors. She was close to have a contract with a big company but suddenly it withdrew its offer
- She will propably only have a contract with Polish unknown (at least to me) company producing shoes
- Her father says that "luxuries are going to end", even though that her advertising potential is comparable to Robert Kubica's advertising potential
- Next year Aga's going to earn money only on tennis court


I can't really understand this. I mean, she is in the Top 10, so she should have a possibility to earn money not only on tennis court. Unfortunately the "war" between Aga and managing companies is propably going to end in favour of companies. Apparently even if you play good, you can't control your own career yourself, as the managing companies are overwhelming the tennis world.

justine schnyder
Dec 23rd, 2008, 06:40 PM
http://www.sport.pl/tenis/1,64987,6093498,Radwanscy_bez_znajomosci_maja_prob lem.html :sad:


In short:
- Aga will play the 2009 season without any big sponsor, it will happen for the first time since long time. This is because Prokom, which was her main sponsor has withdrawn from sponsoring tennis in general
- Aga can't find any other sponsor because she does not belong to any big managing company and therefore losing fights for the contracts with big sponsors
- She is likely to have problems with money next year, even though that her advertising potential is comparable to Robert Kubica's potential

what? :eek: No way! :sad:
Aga has to have a sponsor! She's top 10!
She should play in any tourny she wants to without think about how much money it'll cost!
Is she looking for some sponsor now or something now?

Be strong Aga..

AndreConrad
Dec 23rd, 2008, 10:18 PM
The sponsorship thing is just weird. I really hope it is not going to adversely affect her career. It seems that the Radwanskis have their own way of doing things. It is their business and they are successful thus far, so I cannot criticize them. It just makes me a little nervous.

améliemomo
Dec 25th, 2008, 04:07 PM
what? :eek: No way! :sad:
Aga has to have a sponsor! She's top 10!
She should play in any tourny she wants to without think about how much money it'll cost!
Is she looking for some sponsor now or something now?

Be strong Aga..

Its weird really.As a top10 and a talented young player with so much potential,she should have many sponsors now:confused:
look at caroline wozniacki:eek:

justine schnyder
Dec 25th, 2008, 04:29 PM
Its weird really.As a top10 and a talented young player with so much potential,she should have many sponsors now:confused:
look at caroline wozniacki:eek:

Totally :eek:
The Radwanska's have always been pretty much independent , but I think now they have to find sponsor..

Krzysiu.
Dec 26th, 2008, 08:52 PM
Isia said she can't stand those journalists who are totally unprepared to talk with her. Recently, she had to explain one lady from colour magazine who Justine Henin is. Amen.

Caipirinha Guy
Dec 26th, 2008, 09:37 PM
Where did she say that?

justine schnyder
Dec 26th, 2008, 09:46 PM
Isia said she can't stand those journalists who are totally unprepared to talk with her. Recently, she had to explain one lady from colour magazine who Justine Henin is. Amen.

:haha: Omg :haha:

Caipirinha Guy
Dec 26th, 2008, 09:51 PM
:haha: Omg :haha:

I didn't laugh while reading it. It's just pathetic.:rolleyes:

justine schnyder
Dec 26th, 2008, 09:56 PM
I didn't laugh while reading it. It's just pathetic.:rolleyes:

Yeah it is, but still funny ;)

Caipirinha Guy
Dec 27th, 2008, 12:48 AM
Well, it just depicts that in Poland people are not so interested in this sport even though Agnieszka's successes.:sad: In my opinion the main cause is not broadcasting tennis in channel that is open to general use (Eurosport/Polsat Sport is not). Formula 1 or ski jumping is, so people can watch it, not like tennis. ;)

Krzysiu.
Dec 27th, 2008, 07:31 AM
She said that in 'Polska' paper. Added also that they've many tennis experts come out when she started to make successes.

Agata.
Dec 27th, 2008, 04:20 PM
Vote for Aga :):

http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=364852

sunsfuns
Dec 27th, 2008, 06:41 PM
http://www.sport.pl/tenis/1,64987,6093498,Radwanscy_bez_znajomosci_maja_prob lem.html :sad:


In short:
- Aga will play the 2009 season without any big sponsor, it will happen for the first time since long time. This is because Prokom, which was her main sponsor has withdrawn from sponsoring tennis
- Aga can't find any other sponsor because she does not belong to any big managing company (she doesn't want to be depentent on them) and therefore she is losing fights for the contracts with big sponsors. She was close to have a contract with a big company but suddenly it withdrew its offer
- She will propably only have a contract with Polish unknown (at least to me) company producing shoes
- Her father says that "luxuries are going to end", even though that her advertising potential is comparable to Robert Kubica's advertising potential
- Next year Aga's going to earn money only on tennis court


I can't really understand this. I mean, she is in the Top 10, so she should have a possibility to earn money not only on tennis court. Unfortunately the "war" between Aga and managing companies is propably going to end in favour of companies. Apparently even if you play good, you can't control your own career yourself, as the managing companies are overwhelming the tennis world.

Independence has it's price - Aga ought to have enough money anyway, but really to find any sponsors outside Poland she would HAVE to hire a top agency. Even if she wins a GS, financial success off-court will be limited. I remember Roger almost doubled his yearly off-court income few years ago by "replacing" Mirka with IMG.

But surely she ought to be able to find something in Poland (not so much competition there), but then again they probably are not in position to pay a lot...

Caipirinha Guy
Dec 28th, 2008, 03:02 PM
http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=364875

Vote for Radwanska sisters and other polish players in Championships of Poland 2008. :)

Malva
Dec 29th, 2008, 10:14 AM
The sponsorship thing is just weird. I really hope it is not going to adversely affect her career. It seems that the Radwanskis have their own way of doing things. It is their business and they are successful thus far, so I cannot criticize them. It just makes me a little nervous.

Why it should? I don't see any connection. Isia earns so much money she really doesn't need a sponsor. Sponsorship would just make her richer.

And, yes, the Radwańskis obviously have their own way of doing things: the family produced a world class female tennis player in a country with no such traditions (if not to count the pre-war successes of Jędrzejewska), and in a town without hard courts, and without sending the girls to Florida to train at some tennis academy.

It's obviously their conscious decision. I like their independence. And I personally don't care about my favorite player advertising for Adidas, Nike, Coca-Cola, or anything else...

Caipirinha Guy
Dec 29th, 2008, 03:36 PM
Radwańskis

If you really wanna to write the name of Radwańska's family so correctly it should be Radwańscy :p not Radwańskis.

AndreConrad
Dec 29th, 2008, 04:04 PM
If you really wanna to write the name of Radwańska's family so correctly it should be Radwańscy :p not Radwańskis.

Plural in English doesn't work as it does in Polish (I am certain you know it well). Mixing languages is not a good idea; the result is a broken language :p

gumoll
Dec 29th, 2008, 04:17 PM
but Radwańskis sounds like they would be Lithuanians :lol:

Caipirinha Guy
Dec 29th, 2008, 04:39 PM
Plural in English doesn't work as it does in Polish (I am certain you know it well). Mixing languages is not a good idea; the result is a broken language :p

So Radwanskis will do, what for Radwańskis?:p

Matt.
Dec 29th, 2008, 08:18 PM
This seems simpler:

"The family containing Robert (Piotr), Marta (Kasia), Urszula (Ula), and Agnieszka (Isia)."

:lol:

Malva
Dec 30th, 2008, 01:52 AM
but Radwańskis sounds like they would be Lithuanians :lol:

Maybe it sounds to you, except that it would be wrong. The final s in many Lithuanian nouns is, by the way, attesting to the survival in Baltic Languages (Lithuanian, Latvian) of the old Indo-European Nominative Case ending, like in Latin, or Classical — but not Modern, Greek. In non-Baltic languages of the Indo-European Family this ending has been long lost.

Did you notice the in front of Radwańskis? It is there for some reason.

Malva
Dec 30th, 2008, 02:31 AM
If you really wanna to write the name of Radwańska's family so correctly it should be Radwańscy :p not Radwańskis.

I would be happy to, martin2910, even though that may confuse some.

While we are talking about what is correct and what is not (I like that by the way): wanna is a word slur for want to. Thus wanna to is like saying want to to, i.e., incorrect.

I aim at using correct spelling and correct morphological forms for the language I use. This is why I write the Radwańskis and not Radwanskis, or Radwańscy. Of the last two, I would prefer Radwańscy as it adds some local color and is correct — in Agnieszka's mother tongue. For this reason, I like to spice my postings with Russian players' names written in Cyrillic, for example.


We are living in the era when everybody, through the omnipresence of computers and internationalization of typographic fonts, can afford spelling names correctly. Names, remember, are not 'translated', no matter what language you write them in.

Of course, as usual, there are some caveats. Some long established forms are preferred over the original spelling. There are plenty of examples in every language:

München (original German), Munich (English), Monaco (Italian, often qualified as Monaco di Baviera to distinguish it from the principality of the same name), Mnichov (Czech), Monachium (Latin, from which the German name was later derived; the original Latin form of the name is preserved in Polish).

Similarly with the names of some well known historic figures.

Secondly, names originally written not in a Latin based alphabet are preferrably latinized (i.e., transliterated into Latin alphabet according to some transliteration scheme — and there may be several competing ones, like in transliterating Chinese names).

The reason that the diacritical signs present in original names are often dropped in English is due to the combination of old habits and ignorance, not due to some unspecified demands of correctness in English. All carefully written texts in English aim at preserving the diacritical signs. This is what I am doing.

Basically every language, except English, which uses a Latin based alphabet also employs diacritical forms of letters. So Polish is not special in this respect. English is.

sunsfuns
Dec 30th, 2008, 02:59 AM
Maybe it sounds to you, except that it would be wrong. The final s in many Lithuanian nouns is, by the way, attesting to the survival in Baltic Languages (Lithuanian, Latvian) of the old Indo-European Nominative Case ending, like in Latin, or Classical — but not Modern, Greek. In non-Baltic languages of the Indo-European Family this ending has been long lost.

Are you a linguist? It's all correct of course... At least we don't have to struggle with articles (I still don't fully understand them)... :lol:

Malva
Dec 30th, 2008, 09:02 AM
Are you a linguist? It's all correct of course... At least we don't have to struggle with articles (I still don't fully understand them)... :lol:

Definitive articles in Indo-European languages developed from demonstrative pronouns. You can clearly see how, e.g., definite articles in Romance languages developed from the Latin word for this: Latin ille → le, Latin illa → la.

A language can be inflected, like Classical Greek, and already possess (inflected) articles. The Greek articles ὁ (ho, masculine form), ἡ (he, feminine form) in Homer's Greek can still have the the original meaning of the definitive pronoun this.

The use of articles differs from language to languages — there are no universal rules.

Caipirinha Guy
Dec 30th, 2008, 04:37 PM
I would be happy to, martin2910, even though that may confuse some.

While we are talking about what is correct and what is not (I like that by the way): wanna is a word slur for want to. Thus wanna to is like saying want to to, i.e., incorrect.


I see, I didn't even know how to use this "wanna" in practise. :)

Names, remember, are not 'translated', no matter what language you write them in.

I had to change my name from croatian spelling to polish after 5 years of living in Poland because clerks couldn't right it properly. :(

Krzysiu.
Dec 30th, 2008, 07:39 PM
Malva, thanks for this lecture. You'd used to not understand what I write then got angry on me...

Radwanskis sounds like Lithuanian :lol:

Malva
Dec 30th, 2008, 09:23 PM
Radwanskis sounds like Lithuanian :lol:

It doesn't -- Radwanski is a typical Polish name and adding final s doesn't make it Lithuanian. I already explained what does that s stand for. Gerulaitis -- that is an example of a genuine Lithuanian name.

When you learn some more English, then you will know that adding final s is the regular way to form Plural in English. This applies also to last names, irrespective of their origin.

olivero
Dec 30th, 2008, 10:42 PM
in the mean time...
Aga is on the cover of Wprost (the main article is about young Poles born and raised in free Poland)
It's interesting that they chose her as a representative of this generation.

http://www.wprost.pl/G/wprost_covers/a/1357_a.jpg

Malva
Dec 31st, 2008, 01:38 AM
in the mean time...
Aga is on the cover of Wprost (the main article is about young Poles born and raised in free Poland)
It's interesting that they chose her as a representative of this generation.

http://www.wprost.pl/G/wprost_covers/a/1357_a.jpg

Of those Poles under 20, she is likely to be the most visible and most visibly successful.

Cinek
Dec 31st, 2008, 11:37 AM
Do someone can scan this article to read for Polish people?
Yeasterday I was in shop and saw "Wprost" with Radwańska, but I haven't got money to buy it :D.

Caipirinha Guy
Dec 31st, 2008, 02:04 PM
Well, I'm not buying the article by internet in wprost.pl. :p

Caipirinha Guy
Dec 31st, 2008, 02:27 PM
Pool and Aga's answers from wprost.pl:

1. Are you interested in politics?
No, it's not my field.
2. Are you interested in history of the last half-century?
I know history from the tales of my parents and grandparents but I'm not interested in it especially.
3. What are your connotations about Polish People's Republic?
With food cards, queues. With the lack of everything.
4. Who would you vote today in parliamentary elections now?
I wouldn't vote.
5. Did you work during attending to school?
I played tennis.
6. How do you spend your free time?
I don't have any free time.
7. Who's your authority?
I don't have any. I had some sport authorities before I started playing professionally.
8. Where do you spend your holiday most time?
I don't have time for holiday. Lately I have managed to go to Egypt for a week.

__________________________________________________ ____________________

In article there's not a lot of Agnieszka. :) There's only one fragment:

- It's not important where I practise. Everywhere the courts are the same - tell Agnieszka. In the past, the fear and complexes overcame the hands, legs but mainly heads of equally tallented as Agnieszka
That's why they were losing.

Agata.
Dec 31st, 2008, 04:30 PM
To Polish people-
Send SMS for Aga in the year-end ranking of Polish Athletes :) If you haven't done it yet ofc ;)

She fully deserves to be in the Top10 imo this year, especially that last year she wasn't :/


http://www.tvp.pl/sport/magazyny-sportowe/74-plebiscyt-na-10-najlepszych-sportowcow-polski-2008-roku

phone numer 7398, text of message- 20

Agata.
Dec 31st, 2008, 05:47 PM
Aga is on the entry list of Premium Tournament Open GDF SUEZ (Paris), which takes place from 9 to 15 February ;) Serena, Sharapova and Dementieva will also play there

justine schnyder
Dec 31st, 2008, 06:00 PM
Aga is on the entry list of Premium Tournament Open GDF SUEZ (Paris), which takes place from 9 to 15 February ;) Serena, Sharapova and Dementieva will also play there

Oh crap, why this tourny?

Agata.
Dec 31st, 2008, 06:06 PM
Oh crap, why this tourny?

And why not? ;)

Anyway, she can't play anywhere else. There is only one another (international) event - Pattaya - during this week and Aga said in the interwiev that the new rules don't allow her to defend her title here :/
Very strong entry list in Pattaya anyway

Matt.
Dec 31st, 2008, 06:28 PM
As Aga is now a Top Ten player, she is expected to partake in tournaments where the best play.

Anyhow, Sharapova may be shaky after many months off, Serena's form is always questionable, and Aga has proven that she can beat Dementieva.

AndreConrad
Dec 31st, 2008, 06:33 PM
As Aga is now a Top Ten player, she is expected to partake in tournaments where the best play.

Anyhow, Sharapova may be shaky after many months off, Serena's form is always questionable, and Aga has proven that she can beat Dementieva.

I agree, Agnieszka has to face the best. If she will keep working on her game as she has been so far I don't think it will be a problem. More often she plays the best the more "everyday" matter it will become.

justine schnyder
Dec 31st, 2008, 06:37 PM
Because if I remember correctly, this tourny is after Fed Cup (which played straight after AO..) and just before few really big tournys, so I'd rather Aga to hvae this week as a week off so she wouldn't lose early later

justine schnyder
Dec 31st, 2008, 06:38 PM
Happy New Year guys!! :wavey: :hug:

AndreConrad
Dec 31st, 2008, 06:39 PM
Happy New Year guys!! :wavey: :hug:

Happy New Year Neta and Everyone. Let's have to best year to date :D

Caipirinha Guy
Dec 31st, 2008, 06:43 PM
Yeah, I don't like this tourney either.:o
And By the way - Happy New Year! :D

Matt.
Dec 31st, 2008, 07:35 PM
Eh, I still have a good half day to go until the New Year officially hits, but I'll join in: Happy New Year! :wavey:

What's everyone doing for the big day?

I'm baking a Baba au Rhum, my mom made a trifle-like dessert, and my sister did a veggie platter. My dad's picking up booze I think. :lol: We're going to a friend's house later with a few other families.

netimka
Dec 31st, 2008, 09:06 PM
Happy New Year everyone... and the best for sis... :kiss:

Agata.
Dec 31st, 2008, 10:50 PM
Because if I remember correctly, this tourny is after Fed Cup (which played straight after AO..) and just before few really big tournys, so I'd rather Aga to hvae this week as a week off so she wouldn't lose early later

Well, there are a few players (like Woźniacki) who fly from Europe to Australia, then back to Estonia (Fed Cup), then to Pattaya (in Thailand) and then to Dubai, so... :lol: So at least Aga won't be travelling too much ;)


Happy New Year!!! :bounce:

justine schnyder
Jan 1st, 2009, 02:08 PM
Eh, I still have a good half day to go until the New Year officially hits, but I'll join in: Happy New Year! :wavey:

What's everyone doing for the big day?

I'm baking a Baba au Rhum, my mom made a trifle-like dessert, and my sister did a veggie platter. My dad's picking up booze I think. :lol: We're going to a friend's house later with a few other families.
Sounds nice :hearts:
Had fun? :D

Happy new year :hug:
Here it's really national day, but I went out with friends to some coffee house :o

Well, there are a few players (like Woźniacki) who fly from Europe to Australia, then back to Estonia (Fed Cup), then to Pattaya (in Thailand) and then to Dubai, so... :lol: So at least Aga won't be travelling too much ;)


Happy New Year!!! :bounce:

Happy new year :hug:

Wozniacki :spit: Not really smart scheduling.. I think she won't [lay Pattaya

Agata.
Jan 1st, 2009, 05:26 PM
Wozniacki :spit: Not really smart scheduling.. I think she won't [lay Pattaya

Well, it's not only her, to be fair. I think that (for example) Azarenka has a similar schedule. They both propably fly to Memphis in USA after Pattaya (sorry- not to Dubai, my mistake, I thought it is mandatory for everyone) So they are going to visit 4 continents in a months time :lol:

And why do you think that Caro won't play in Pattaya? She's hardly had any break between the 2008 and 2009 season (playing in an ITF tournament and in exhibition events in USA) and plays in every week of the 2009 season so it seems like she is full of energy and ready to earn points ;) Therefore I doubt she'll withdraw from Pattaya, but maybe I'm wrong ;)

I remember that Aga was also flying from Europe to Hungary and then to Pattaya last year :lol: But at least she was smart enough to take a week off after this long trip :yeah:

justine schnyder
Jan 1st, 2009, 06:11 PM
Because I think she'll need some week off.. Maybe I'm wrong, time will tell.. but however, this thread isn't about Wozniacki :lol:

Agata.
Jan 1st, 2009, 06:30 PM
^^I know, so let's finish this topic ;)

On 3. January we will finally find out which place in the Ranking of Polish Athletes of 2008 year Agnieszka reached :D (if any :unsure:)

justine schnyder
Jan 1st, 2009, 06:50 PM
Hopefully in the top 5 :D
She deserve it imo :)

Krzysiu.
Jan 1st, 2009, 09:42 PM
^^I know, so let's finish this topic ;)

On 3. January we will finally find out which place in the Ranking of Polish Athletes of 2008 year Agnieszka reached :D (if any :unsure:)

send me sms please cuz I won't be watching :sobbing:

Agata.
Jan 2nd, 2009, 12:33 PM
^^I will post the results here, will it be enough :unsure:?

Krzysiu.
Jan 2nd, 2009, 01:04 PM
Aj dont fynk soł. :D

haha będą myśleli ze to po polsku jest lol :secret:

Agata.
Jan 2nd, 2009, 01:14 PM
:lol:

So write a PM with your phone number, I'll try to write SMS with results from the Internet to you (but I don't promise, as my access to the computer is unfortunately quite changable :p)

Caipirinha Guy
Jan 3rd, 2009, 03:40 PM
Do you see pictures of yourself on the covers?

Well... If media are interested, it means that I achieved something, that I am good at my field. However... during those interviews there's often one question - what I do at free time. What I am to answer? I'm in radio or television and I am interviewed 24/7. I cut it fine always. I haven't got much time. That's why I laught that sometimes I walk so fast that noone can catch me.

Do you read articles about yourself?

Sometimes I look through but tabloids exaggerate or look for sensations. I don't want to bother myself.

Do Poles know tennis better now?

In general, they don't know sport too much, in this point that they don't do it. Not many people know what does being a professional mean, that you can't have much time because of that and that you must put your soul into work.

Which question don't you like most?

- Absolutely number 1 is: "What happened in the second game of the third set when you played THIS forehand. Or: "Why you didn't shoot ball at line in third game". I hate such questions because tennis match is a composed thing. Right, single actions decide but you must see the wholeness and not one action. One of tv channels asked: "Who would you never loose to?". My dad stood near and he said that to Jadwiga Jędrzejowska. They didn't get a hanging that she's dead. (!!!) I am also irritated that sometimes there are journalists who don't know tennis at all! I appreciate that they are interested in me but it would be right to know what's WTA Tour or Grand Slam. One lady didn't know who's Justine Henin (!!!). I thrilled.

Will you move to Monte Carlo some day like other tennis players do?

There was such an idea, but I would prefer to stay. I want to live normally in Kraków. My home is here. I always miss it, when I'm long abroad.

Have you got a favourite place?

I love Wedel’s Chocolate Lounges. They are in various place. On marketplace but also in shopping centre.

Did you enjoy your holiday in Egypt?

Thanks, I did. I basked, I swimmed in the sea, I rode a camel. That was fine.

Are you recognized by people?

Mainly by Poles. There was a plenty of compatriots. They recognized me although I was without rackets. It was pleasant, however next time I'll have holiday in such place where noone will recognize me. I want to feel fully relaxed.

You're the master at shopping. Is there any specialization?

Shoes.

How many pairs in wardrobe?

I didn't count but many. Maybe several dozen. I don't fall into extremum but when I see something nice, I buy it.

You told that your soups are favourite christmas food - mushroom soup and borsch [beetroot soup] with ravioli. What does top tennis player eat during whole year?

I like experimenting but without exagerration. I am a fan of italian cuisine: salads, lasagne, pizzas. Hawaian pizza is my favourite.

[B]Sushi?

Oh no! My dad loves it, I hate it.

We can see a movie in internet when you listen to music in the car. You're singing "All That She Wants" by Ace of Base.

It's not my favourite song or band. It wa just in radio. It's classics. I listen to everything - rock, pop, RNB. Generally top songs. I like eg. Justine Timberlake. Dad listens to very hard music, sometimes I can't bear it. System of a down is a lullaby comparing his heavy metal pieces.

Are you interested in other sports?

Usually I don't have time but I try to follow Adam Małysz's performances. I like ski jumping because it's "one moment" sport. You don't have to engage yourself few hours. Małysz hasn't been that good recently but he may reborn. I was in ski jump in Zakopane. Same view down is scaring and they jump. You must be brave.

Soccer

I hate it. I'm annoyed that it's so terribly overrated. My club courts of Nadwiślan in Krakow are wreck and near they built a pitch for some fifth league which cost 2 millions złotys.

Did you get to know privately most of top tennis players?

Everything changed during last three years. In the past, all were unavailable for me. Now they are friend that I see in changing room. We spend with one another for 10 months a year. I talk a bit with everyone.

Who's nice and who don't you like?

Some Russians are specific. Sharapova is unavailable, she keeps aside and she's friend with nobody. Same is Chakvetadze. However Kuznetsova is great. She's witty, the life and soul of the party. Dementieva is also likeable. Such a normal girl from neighbourhood, she's always with her mother on the tournaments.

Are you a real friend with someone?

We like each other, real friendship is too much. Unfortunately linguistic barrier is big on the tournaments. Apparently everyone speaks english but it's most convenient to stay with compatriots. Eg. Italians are quite noisy because they are always together. I am also mainly with polish group - with my sister Ula and with Marta Domachowska. There are some tennis players who speaks polish - eg. Caroline Wozniacki or Angelique Kerber. Alicia Molik also can speak polish a bit.

Did you expect that this year will be so good?

The best in my hitherho career. Two quarterfinals of Grand Slam were the most important. Surviving the first week on this tournaments is very pleasent feeling.

The best moment in season?

Winning Eastbourne. It's the biggest tournament that I have won. Besides it was just after a hand injury which was in Roland Garros. Quarterfinals of Slam are nice but I didn't win them. In Eastbourne I got a cup. Outside the court passing a driving test was the best. It's great that I found some time for that and that I learn so much to pass it.

Is Kraków a good city to drive?

Somehow I manage to. However the city is horrible to drive. There's much traffic.

Was there any moment of collapse in season?

Each defeats hurt but I try not to think much about them.

So such matches like defeat in II round of Miami to 15-year-old Portugal Larcher de Brito are not in your mind?

Weak matches happen to everyone. When you don't have a forehand you'll manage nothing. I don't know why it happened in Miami. A week before in Indian Wells I play great, I was in QF. Additionally, de Brito is not 15! She and her coach claims so but noone believes it. (!!!)

Olympic games in Beijing?

I had a hand injury and in general I feeled bad there. Somehow I couldn't bear the weather. Courts were different everywhere. Everyone had a different surface a bit, it was difficult to feel it. Olympic Games is untipical tennis tournament, I must get used to it. Maybe next time it'll be better.

You know your 2009 schedule?

WTA has changed the schedule a lot lately. Players from TOP 10 must play in the biggest tournaments. When you add 4 Grand Slams and 10 mandatory events, you don't have a big choice. There was a row in Doha because of it. We had a meeting with WTA authorities. We tried to protest but we didn't manage to do anything. In our opinion, each top player should have a free choice where to play. Argument of WTA was that there are bigger money now, there will be more tournaments with 4 mln $. Sponsors just want to have a guarantee that whole TOP10 will come to their tournament.

In which smaller tournaments will you play?

Surely in Warsaw because it's the only tournament where I can show my game to polish people. I wanted to go to Pattaya where I won last year but I couldn't. Vera Zvonareva wanted to play there. She's ranked higher than me so she has a priority.

In 2008 you played in 25 tournaments. At the end of the year you were tired. Will you play less this year?

Yes, mainly because of the new rules. However, the news about my tiredness are inflated. I'm prepared to played such an amount of tournaments but there must be a weaker moments. Especially if you play well and after finishing one event on Friday or Saturday you must play next tournament on Monday. Being tired of the season is a sign that you played well. You're not tired if you still loose in first rounds. Each tennis player knows it. Really, the season finishes after US Open. It's the last tournament where each girl plays her best and is well prepared. The last tournaments are leftovers. You play because you must defend your points, you have some commitments. However, everyone thinks only about holiday.

How about your health before the new season?

It's all right now. In 2008 I had a hand injury - inflammation of joint. If only it didn't repeat.

If there's an injury, can't you have a rest then?

I can, but only two times a year. If next year I leave some mandatory event, I'll pay a huge fine. In whole year, the ranking of TOP 10 from 2008 will be counted (!!!). It won't matter if I'm out in AO in first round or I am ranked second. I can't rest because of each injury. I must keep those two possibilities for really serios injuries.

Will you play less doubles now and concentrate more on singles?

I will surely play in Grand Slams. We want to make a strong couple with Ula.

Last year, it wasn't the best solution - eg. in Paris you had an injury because of it what afterwards influenced your match against Jelena Janković.

In Paris it was a coincidence. We played in doubles against strong Anabel Medina Garigues and Virginia Ruano Pascual, eventural champions [they lost 6:7 7:6 3:6]. Match was close, it began to rain. We finished in the morning. It all lasted four hours, noone knew it would finish so bad. For sure, there will be less doubles, but I won't absolve on Grand Slams. The majority of tennis players play doubles. It is good if you loose in singles. What would I do if I lost sometime in first round? I believe that such a story won't repeat.

What are your aims for 2009?

To play my best on each tournament, especially on Grand Slam. Ranking? Stay in top. It doesn't matter if it is 6 or 12 rank.

Do you feel that you developed this year?

I know now well how WTA Tour works, how you solve the problems on the tournaments. I got to know the style of game of the majority of players. I don't have to watch their matches now.

I meaned rather sport issues eg. serve. I know it's irritable topic...

Nobody is ideal. I serve worse than Serena Williams, but she moves on the court worse than me. I agree with my dad that with my bodyshape I would have to turn into cyborg on the gym. I don't have the strenght or posture of Venus Williams but it doesn't mean I can't serve. I am annoyed with the people who don't know tennis well. My serve is technical, rotating, with "kick". In TV it looks like as if ball was slow hovewer it's not so in reality. Elena Dementieva serves in similar way, she's ranked higher than me and noone asked her everywhere: "Why do you serve so weakly?"

Are you interested in sponsorship issues?

It's a field of my father and our manager Victor Archutowski but I always know about everything.

Do you agree with your father's policy not to connect you with manager agency?

Yes, aggencies arrange the contract but they take your independence. I know a lot of tennis players who signed the contracts on the beginning of their careers and now they regret because they could to it on better conditions. Agencies begin to decide instead of us. Roger Federer is a good example. He signed the contract when he was number 1. There are always pros and cons always. But now we're waiting.

Doesn't 10th racket of the world need a bigger staff of people?

It's the next thing we are persuaded and which I don't really understand. On the tournaments you play, you don't train. You can have a staff of people at home. We have a such one.

General coach wouldn't help?

Sometimes we take someone eg. to Miami. But in general, the specialists from various things are everywhere - physiotherapeutists, masseurs. They are the best, WTA assures so. There are also sparingpartners. The freshness is the most important on the tournaments. There's no need training on the gym or runnin in the forest

When do you go to Australia?

Sydney is my first tournament. I go 5 January so this time I'll spend the beginning of the new year in Kraków. But surely not in the Marketplace. I don't like crowds. We'll find some intimate place.

by Jakub Ciastoń, Gazeta Wyborcza
translated by martin2910

gumoll
Jan 3rd, 2009, 07:29 PM
Aga in the top 10 of best polish athletes :D

is there in a violet dress :p

olivero
Jan 3rd, 2009, 07:33 PM
:bounce: great!

she looks amazing!

Agata.
Jan 3rd, 2009, 07:37 PM
Aga is in the Top10 of Polish Atlethes of 2009 year

We still don't know on which place though, still people can vote.

Aga is present in the plebiscite :)


She is in the Top 10 with: Blanik, our 4 gold-rowers, Gollob, Kołecki, Kubica, Majewski, Małachowski, Sikora & Włoszczowska

Agata.
Jan 3rd, 2009, 07:40 PM
You were quicker :lol:

I agree, she is looking very nice

Ula is also there

gumoll
Jan 3rd, 2009, 08:21 PM
10th place now...................

gumoll
Jan 3rd, 2009, 08:21 PM
not Aga :p

gumoll
Jan 3rd, 2009, 08:24 PM
Aga is 9th ;)

Dexter
Jan 3rd, 2009, 08:26 PM
Aga indeed looks great, nice short speech too.
Am I the only one who thinks that she expected to be a bit higher though? :p

gumoll
Jan 3rd, 2009, 08:28 PM
Aga indeed looks great, nice short speech too.
Am I the only one who thinks that she expected to be a bit higher though? :p


nope :p

Agata.
Jan 3rd, 2009, 08:58 PM
Aga only 9th :( In my (really biased :p) opinion I think she should have been in the top 5.

I really dislike the results. Majewski should've been over Kubica and Blanik, Małachowski should've been higher, Gollob lower. But, oh well, it's only my opinion ;)

Aga indeed looks great, nice short speech too.
Am I the only one who thinks that she expected to be a bit higher though? :p

No, I think she is always so "down-to-earth" ;)

BTW, you have beautiful picture of Ana in your avatar, one of the best of hers I've ever seen :)

Pszczelny
Jan 3rd, 2009, 08:58 PM
Hopefully in the top 5 :D
She deserve it imo :)

Well, she should be lucky she's in top 10. And just imagine where will she be if she wins anything? ;)

olivero
Jan 3rd, 2009, 09:01 PM
Aga indeed looks great, nice short speech too.
Am I the only one who thinks that she expected to be a bit higher though? :p
no ;)
well she beat several Olympic medalists so it's not that bad, let's hope next year she will be TOP 3 :)

Agata.
Jan 3rd, 2009, 09:05 PM
Results:

1. Kubica (F1)
2. Blanik (gymnastic)
3. Majewski (shot put)
4. Our gold-rowers
5. Kołecki (weightlifting)
6. Włoszczowska (cycling)
7. Gollob (cinder-track racing)
8. Sikora (biathlon)
9. Radwańska (tennis)
10. Małachowski (discus throw)

Dexter
Jan 3rd, 2009, 09:07 PM
Aga only 9th :( In my (really biased :p) opinion I think she should have been in the top 5.

I really dislike the results. Majewski should've been over Kubica and Blanik, Małachowski should've been higher, Gollob lower. But, oh well, it's only my opinion ;)I soooo agree. I absolutely hate who won. I like Robert, but seriously is a win in F1 in a depleted race a bigger achievement than Olympic gold? :o
As for Aga, IMO she's about where she should be. But I just had a feeling she thought she would end up a bit higher (personally I thought she would be somewhere around #7).


BTW, you have beautiful picture of Ana in your avatar, one of the best of hers I've ever seen :)Thanks! :D

olivero
Jan 3rd, 2009, 09:14 PM
I soooo agree. I absolutely hate who won. I like Robert, but seriously is a win in F1 in a depleted race a bigger achievement than Olympic gold? :o
As for Aga, IMO she's about where she should be. But I just had a feeling she thought she would end up a bit higher (personally I thought she would be somewhere around #7).

totally agree. Kubica should've been #4 right behind the golden medalists. As for Aga 9th place isn't that bad. It was pretty obvious that OG will be leading the list. I'm just surprised with Gollob...

Agata.
Jan 3rd, 2009, 09:34 PM
^^Yeah, Gollob's 7. place was suprising for me.

I know that most of the Olimpics medalist "should" be higher than Aga... but personally I appreciate mostly those Olimpic medalists (maybe besides gold medalists) that could prove in other tournaments in 2008 that their Olimpic medal was not, so called "fluke", because for me consistency in sport is also very important. Maybe that's why I thought that Aga would have been higher, especially that tennis is one of the most prestigious sports in the world and it's hard to achieve any success in this discipline.

Malva
Jan 3rd, 2009, 10:16 PM
@ martin2910

Thank you for the effort of translating the interview.

Caipirinha Guy
Jan 4th, 2009, 11:56 AM
No problem,
that should be even "pleasure" for me if I'm going to pass my CAE next December.:rolleyes:

Dexter
Jan 8th, 2009, 06:27 PM
Last posts moved to the Polish-speaking thread. It's an English-speaking forum so please keep the discussion in English over here. Also the subject was anything but Aga/Ula-related.

Bartosh
Jan 8th, 2009, 08:19 PM
you destroyed my advertisement :hysteric:

Dexter
Jan 9th, 2009, 05:35 AM
It's not a place for it, be glad I didn't delete it for good.

M&M
Jan 13th, 2009, 09:52 AM
does aga have shoulder injury, or why this tape on her shoulder? :help:

netimka
Jan 13th, 2009, 07:15 PM
^^^ i was wondering the same... hope she is fine... and she is playing tomorrow doubles right after her singles match, so she wont have a lot of time to rest...

Matt.
Jan 14th, 2009, 12:27 AM
Hi everyone, I just want to make this announcement before the year really gets into gear.

As you may have noticed, Agnieszka is receiving an increased amount of criticism and attack in GM. This is to be expected as she is winning more often, beating top players (who have adamant fans on this forum), and has a "different" game. I encourage everyone to stay calm and to not respond with any personal attacks. Simply respond with an opinion and enlighten others about her and her game.

Thanks!

- Matt

St.Sebastian
Jan 14th, 2009, 01:06 AM
Hi everyone, I just want to make this announcement before the year really gets into gear.

As you may have noticed, Agnieszka is receiving an increased amount of criticism and attack in GM. This is to be expected as she is winning more often, beating top players (who have adamant fans on this forum), and has a "different" game. I encourage everyone to stay calm and to not respond with any personal attacks. Simply respond with an opinion and enlighten others about her and her game.

Thanks!

- Matt
:) :wavey:
You are totally right. This is getting a bit scary with all the haters jumping on the bandwagon :scared:

Malva
Jan 14th, 2009, 06:05 AM
Hi everyone, I just want to make this announcement before the year really gets into gear.

As you may have noticed, Agnieszka is receiving an increased amount of criticism and attack in GM. This is to be expected as she is winning more often, beating top players (who have adamant fans on this forum), and has a "different" game. I encourage everyone to stay calm and to not respond with any personal attacks. Simply respond with an opinion and enlighten others about her and her game.

Thanks!

- Matt

Great post, Matt. As to whether the amount and intensity of attacks is increasing? I am not so sure. Take into account that for the last 7 weeks the forum was idle, and now the girls are playing again.

When I joined the forum 9 months ago there was more open and even quite brutal, derogatory, hostility. This it seems much subsided. Her successes shut up a lot of bitter, jealous critics — often fans of slumping «talented» players, or of players she beat several times. Her successes made many more people aware of her style of tennis, and many found they liked it. This contributed to a significant increase of her appeal throughout the forum.

Guys who post «I don't understand how she is #10» are just morons.

And, of course, Matt's advise is very sound.

Dexter
Jan 14th, 2009, 09:05 AM
I fully agree with you Malva. It just shows that Aga is the real deal.
I suggest putting a few postes on the ignore-list, like Sin dos whatever.

Agata.
Jan 14th, 2009, 11:56 AM
You're definately right Matt. Every time I read any of the comments posted by one of Aga's haters I just tell myself, that if Aga had no haters it'd mean that she's the very bad player. They can write what they want (without offending anyone of course), really, if it makes them happy :lol:

Aryman3
Jan 15th, 2009, 04:22 AM
Fine article. help yourself

Radwanska ready to make her mark

By Eleanor Preston
Agnieszka Radwanska in action at Sydney


Should Agnieszka Radwanska win this year’s Australian Open title, then the correct spelling of her first name should present something of a challenge to the engraver. It would also be a moment to savour for everyone in her native Poland, which has never before produced a female grand slam champion. Until this time last year, the Eastern European nation had never even had a quarterfinalist at a major tournament, but all that changed at the Australian Open. Radwanska was eventually beaten by Daniela Hantuchova in the last eight, but 12 months on she returns to Melbourne Park fitter, wiser and better prepared to make history by going a few rounds better.

Radwanska might not command the same sort of headlines as the Williams sisters or the Serbian duo of Jelena Jankovic and Ana Ivanovic, arguably the four favourites to take the title, but the 19-year-old from Krakow has been making steady progress up the Sony Ericsson WTA Rankings since emerging from a stellar junior career, and is now an established member of the world’s top 10. Radwanska took her tally of tour titles up to four last year with victories in Pattaya City, Istanbul and Eastbourne to add to the debut trophy she won in Stockholm the previous season. Perhaps more significantly, she also followed up her Australian Open quarterfinal with a fourth round showing at the French Open – where she lost to Jankovic – and another last eight performance at Wimbledon, where she was eventually beaten by Serena Williams. It’s a chain of results which suggests that something bigger is just around the corner.

Radwanska’s elevation to the world’s elite is not surprising given that she won both the French Open and Wimbledon at junior level and, together with her younger sister Urszula, brought Poland the Junior Fed Cup title in 2005. The pair has been nicknamed the “Polish Williams sisters”. Like their American namesakes, they boast contrasting characters despite travelling together and showing themselves to be conspiratorially close. Urszula, the younger by just nine months, is a more bubbly and gregarious character, though “Aga”, as she is known to her friends, has grown in confidence as she has become more established and that, together with her improved English, has ensured an increasing profile. On court, she has seldom looked anything other than self-assured, something she proved by breezing into the 2007 US Open and promptly bundling the then world No.2 Maria Sharapova out of the tournament in the third round. She put in a similarly fearless performance to dispatch second seed Svetlana Kuznetsova from Australian Open 2008.

Radwanska’s tennis, which owes much to the coaching influence of her father Robert Radwanski, has a powerful sting to it, but she has a knack of keeping the error count low even when she is belting the ball back at opponents. That steady but penetrating game, coupled with a calmness and sense of purpose which belie her years, makes Radwanska one of the most dangerous young players currently in the women’s game.

This seems to be a time of transition for women’s tennis, which has been shorn in recent years of formerly strong favourites like Justine Henin and Kim Clijsters (both retired) and the currently injured superstar Sharapova. Ivanovic’s win at last year’s French Open suggested that she was ready to fill the vacuum by dominating the women’s game, but she has yet to build on that success. Jankovic’s elevation to No.1, built on the back of a run to last year’s US Open final, must make her the nominal favourite, but she has yet to win a grand slam title and, until she does, she cannot be regarded as a certainty for any major trophy. There is no denying the ever-present threat posed by the Williams sisters – Venus earned her fifth Wimbledon title while Serena beat Jankovic to take the honours at Flushing Meadows last year – but neither is the most predictable of performers. Ready to challenge those big names for the sport’s highest honours is a crop of relatively new young players, dripping with ambition and talent. Radwanska is the leader of that pack. That engraver might just want to practice his or her spelling ...

Five reasons why Radwanska might win Australian Open 2009:

* Fearlessness – Radwanska is not afraid to kill a few giants. She elbowed Maria Sharapova from the 2007 US Open and took second seed Svetlana Kuznetsova out of last year’s Australian Open

* Consistency – Radwanska has a solid baseline game that can absorb plenty of whatever her opponents give her until they succumb to frustration

* Opportunity – With a changing order in the women’s game, this draw is arguably more open than ever before, meaning Radwanska could pounce

* Form – At last year’s Australian Open, Radwanska became the first Polish player to reach a grand slam quarterfinal, thus proving that she loves the surface

* Readiness – After winning four titles last year and making the last eight in Melbourne and again at Wimbledon, Radwanska might just be ready to make an even bigger impact

Five reasons why she might not:

* The competition – Jelena Jankovic, Ana Ivanovic and both Williams sisters are all going to be tough to beat. Compared to them, Radwanska is an outsider

* Belief – Radwanska has never been past the last eight of a grand slam before. Is she mentally ready to go further?

* Pressure – Poland has never had a female grand slam champion in singles, and that knowledge can weigh heavy on a young woman’s mind

* Fitness – Winning seven matches in two weeks is test for any young tennis player’s body. Can Radwanska’s withstand a grand slam run?

* Heat – Krakow, Radwanska’s home town, isn’t exactly known for its blisteringly hot days. If the 2009 Australian Open is packing heat, then she might just wilt in it.

olivero
Jan 15th, 2009, 07:45 AM
^^ there's an obvious mistake as they totally forgot about Jadwiga Jedrzejowska, polish three-times GS finalist :rolleyes:
but seeing Aga on AO website as one of the possible winners is just :hearts:

Agata.
Jan 15th, 2009, 03:13 PM
Seems like we know in which International tournament Aga will play.

It's propably going to be Monterrey Open in Mexico (takes place in March 2-10)
It's a new event in WTA calendar, last year it was an ITF tournament (Ula played there)

Article: http://www.univision.com/contentroot/wirefeeds/30deportes/mas/7862574.html (taken from the early entries thread)


What do you think about it?
To be fair I expected that Aga will play there. There is no other week that she could play an International event, and Monterrey in on hardcourts and close to the USA (and a week later Aga will propably play in Indian Wells)

olivero
Jan 15th, 2009, 04:40 PM
Could someone remind me how many International Tournaments can a TOP 10 player enter in the whole year, because I can't find it anywhere?
Is it two?

St.Sebastian
Jan 15th, 2009, 04:46 PM
Seems like we know in which International tournament Aga will play.

It's propably going to be Monterrey Open in Mexico (takes place in March 2-10)
It's a new event in WTA calendar, last year it was an ITF tournament (Ula played there)

Article: http://www.univision.com/contentroot/wirefeeds/30deportes/mas/7862574.html (taken from the early entries thread)


What do you think about it?
To be fair I expected that Aga will play there. There is no other week that she could play an International event, and Monterrey in on hardcourts and close to the USA (and a week later Aga will propably play in Indian Wells)
Sounds like a good choice, especially that IW doesn't start until later in the week.

St.Sebastian
Jan 15th, 2009, 04:47 PM
Could someone remind me how many International Tournaments can a TOP 10 player enter in the whole year, because I can't find it anywhere?
Is it two?
one IS tournament in each half of the year.

Malva
Jan 15th, 2009, 04:47 PM
What do you think about it?
To be fair I expected that Aga will play there. There is no other week that she could play an International event, and Monterrey in on hardcourts and close to the USA (and a week later Aga will propably play in Indian Wells)

That's exactly so. Monterrey is the most conveniently located tournament with respect to Indian Wells. Seems to be the best decision.

Dexter
Jan 15th, 2009, 04:52 PM
Well, I can forgive this Aussies, as this journalist probably has little clue about European culture, but I simply hate when they put Poland into Eastern Europe category. :weirdo:

Malva
Jan 15th, 2009, 05:00 PM
^^ there's an obvious mistake as they totally forgot about Jadwiga Jedrzejowska, polish three-times GS finalist :rolleyes:
but seeing Aga on AO website as one of the possible winners is just :hearts:

I love that too! But, honestly, they have little choice but to write about her. Who else after all?

Everybody else in the Top 10 is the «old blood». Out of 5 reasons they give why she may not win, the only really serious ones are: competition and heat. Agnieszka doesn't seem to do well when it is hot & humid.

* («polish» should be «Polish», by the way, at least in English)

olivero
Jan 15th, 2009, 05:13 PM
* («polish» should be «Polish», by the way, at least in English)
right ;) I always forget that it's different in English and such adjectives are written with the capital letter.


and yes Monterrey seems a good idea.

Agata.
Jan 15th, 2009, 05:13 PM
I've just visited the Monterreys website, it has already announced that Aga will play there with two articles and a big amount of photos :)

http://www.abiertodetenismonterrey.com/index.htm

Malva
Jan 15th, 2009, 05:28 PM
I've just visited the Monterreys website, it has already announced that Aga will play there with two articles and a big amount of photos :)

http://www.abiertodetenismonterrey.com/index.htm

A very attractive presentation of Agnieszka. Whoever did that should be congratulated.

I especially liked: (...) la tenisista es proyectada con mucho futuro en la élite mundial (...)

Aryman3
Jan 15th, 2009, 09:27 PM
another text, this time about Aga's other virtues ze strony Crazy world of tennis

Agnieszka Radwanska is hot
[Thursday, January 15, 2009

Agnieszka Radwanska training in a tank top at Sydney's Medibank International.

Agnieszka Radwanska in a tank top.
I first became aware of Agnieszka, or Aga for short, after her infamous 2007 US Open victory over Maria Sharapova. Back then, I just regarded her as an up and coming youngster with a good game. Fast forward to today, and she grown to become one of the hottest players on the WTA tour. I couldn't believe how gorgeous Aga was looking in her match against Elena Dementieva at the Medibank International yesterday (which she sadly lost). But boy, her blue + white outfit is one of the best of the women thus far this year. She's been mixing up her outfits in Sydney with various pink/red colours, but the blue outfit is my favourite
Continue reading for the HQ photos! Includes more pics of Aga training in a revealing tank top and looking stunning in blue

Broken Racquet
Jan 15th, 2009, 10:57 PM
Hi everyone, I just want to make this announcement before the year really gets into gear.

As you may have noticed, Agnieszka is receiving an increased amount of criticism and attack in GM. This is to be expected as she is winning more often, beating top players (who have adamant fans on this forum), and has a "different" game. I encourage everyone to stay calm and to not respond with any personal attacks. Simply respond with an opinion and enlighten others about her and her game.

Thanks!

- Matt

After couple of months I got used to the fact that some people who don't understand tennis will never be able to say positive things about Agnieszka's game. From the perspective of drunk soccer fan (no offense to soccer fans), the player who neither makes violent movements nor grunts like having an orgasm will always be boring to watch.

M&M
Jan 16th, 2009, 01:16 PM
Radwańska: Losowanie mogło być lepsze
http://img225.imageshack.us/img225/5396/captxmel11401230142austie5.jpg
- To wcale nie jest łatwa przeciwniczka - kręciła nosem Agnieszka Radwańska po losowaniu drabinki Australian Open. W pierwszej rundzie zmierzy się z Ukrainką Kateriną Bondarenko

Radwańska dopiero w piątek ok. 10 rano dotarła do Melbourne. Miała problemy z przełożeniem biletu na lot z oddalonego o 750 km Sydney, gdzie w środę odpadła w ćwierćfinale po wyrównanym meczu z Jeleną Dementiewą. - Chciałam wrócić w czwartek, ale najbliższy samolot był dopiero w piątek. Nie będzie to jednak miało wielkiego znaczenia. Czuję się już dobrze zaaklimatyzowana. Nawierzchnia w Melbourne nie różni się od tej w Sydney - mówiła "Gazecie" Radwańska po treningu. Podkreśliła, że jest zadowolona z formy na początku sezonu i że nie należy się martwić o plastry na prawym ramieniu, które od kilku dni widać na jej zdjęciach z Australii. - To profilaktyka. Mają trzymać mięśnie, żeby się coś nie nadciągnęło - stwierdziła.

Na trzy dni przed startem pierwszego w sezonie turnieju Wielkiego Szlema korty świeciły pustkami. Australijczycy, inaczej niż Amerykanie na US Open, nie przychodzą tłumnie na eliminacje. 60-tysięczny tłum, a tylu widzów odwiedza średnio korty każdego dnia turnieju, pojawi się dopiero w poniedziałek. Trwający nieco ponad godzinę trening Agnieszki z Martą Domachowską na jednym z bocznych kortów oglądała jedynie garstka ciekawskich.

Po minie Agnieszki było widać, że wakacje się skończyły. Zniknęły uśmiechy, które gościły na jej twarzy kilka tygodni temu, gdy udzielała masy wywiadów podczas przerwy zimowej w Krakowie. Dziesiąta rakieta świata była zawzięta, poważna i przykładała się do każdego uderzenia tak, jakby gra toczyła się zupełnie na serio.

Być może myślała już o meczu pierwszej rundy, w którym zmierzy się z Ukrainką Kateriną Bondarenko (WTA 58). - W Melbourne jestem rozstawiona z dziewiątką i liczyłam, że los będzie łaskawszy. Katerina pochodzi z tenisowej rodziny. Obie jej siostry grają w tenisa. Ale akurat z nią nigdy się nie spotkałam. To solidna firma. Bardzo dobrze gra "na przerzut" z głębi kortu. Może być trudny mecz - stwierdziła Radwańska, która w zeszłym roku doszła w Melbourne do ćwierćfinału. Gdy teraz zapytaliśmy o prognozę na dalsze rundy, Agnieszka odpowiedziała stanowczo: - Najpierw trzeba ograć Bondarenko. Nie patrzyłam, co będzie dalej.

My spojrzeliśmy. Dalej czają się m.in.: Rosjanka Jekaterina Byczkowa lub Hiszpanka Lourdes Domingez Lino (w II rundzie), rozstawiona z nr. 22 Chinka Jie Zheng (w III), a dalej stara znajoma Agnieszki Swietłana Kuzniecowa (1/8 finału) i Serena Williams (ćwierćfinał).

Bardzo wstrzemięźliwy w ocenie był też ojciec i trener Robert Radwański. - Rozmawiajmy tylko o pierwszej rundzie. Ukrainka może być niewygodną przeciwniczką. Siostry Bondarenko zawsze dobrze grają w Australii. Przypominam, że w zeszłym roku Alona i Katerina wygrały tutaj turniej w deblu - stwierdził. W singlu siostrom Bondarenko ostatnio się jednak nie wiedzie. Katerina w tym sezonie zdążyła już odpaść w pierwszych rundach w Brisbane i Hobart. - I co z tego? Ja w zeszłym roku przegrałam w I rundzie w Hobart, a potem byłam w ćwierćfinale w Melbourne - mówi na to Agnieszka.

Marta Domachowska w I rundzie zagra z Sanią Mirzą z Indii. - Sania to już nie jest ta sama zawodniczka co kiedyś, jej karierę zatrzymała kontuzja - ocenia Radwański. Samej Marty nie zdążyliśmy zapytać o zdanie, bo po treningu szybko poszła do szatni. Australian Open to dla niej superważny turniej. Jeśli nie przejdzie kilku rund, może wypaść poza setkę w rankingu, bo broni punkty za zeszłoroczną 1/8 finału.

W tym morzu wyważonych i bardzo stonowanych opinii jest jeden wyłom. Wszyscy bardzo chwalą młodszą siostrę Agnieszki Urszulę, która przed przylotem do Melbourne wygrała cztery mecze w Hobart, a w piątek odniosła już drugie zwycięstwo w eliminacjach do Australian Open. Pokonała 7:6 (9-7), 6:4 Tziporę Oblizer z Izraela. - Ula jest w bardzo dobrej formie. Zrobiła duży postęp. Zaczyna panować nad nerwami na korcie. Cały czas się złości, bo taki ma charakter, ale przestaje to wpływać na wyniki meczów. Potrafi się pozbierać. Znacznie poprawiła forhend, serwuje też lepiej od Agnieszki - mówi Radwański, który obserwował Urszulę przez ostatni tydzień, bo był z nią w Hobart. W meczu z 35-letnią Oblizer rzeczywiście nerwów było sporo, bo Urszula dwukrotnie traciła wyraźne prowadzenie, a na dodatek bardzo przeszkadzał wiatr, ale w końcówkach obu setów miała więcej zimnej krwi i wyczucia piłki. W sobotę nad ranem polskiego czasu Urszulę czeka ostatni mecz kwalifikacji, którego stawką był awans do turnieju głównego. Do tej pory tylko raz udało jej się awansować do Wielkiego Szlema - w zeszłym roku na Wimbledonie. Ostatnią przeszkodą w Melbourne będzie Kanadyjka Stephanie Dubois, ta sama, którą Radwańska dokładnie pięć dni temu pokonała w trzeciej rundzie eliminacji do turnieju w Hobart. Powtórka? - Mam nadzieję, choć tamten mecz był wyrównany. Kanadyjka gra znacznie lepiej z forhendu, więc trzeba go unikać - powiedziała "Gazecie" Urszula, która była jednym z tych kilku ciekawskich na trybunach podczas piątkowego treningu Agnieszki w Melbourne Park.

O krok od awansu do turnieju głównego jest też Łukasz Kubot, który w II rundzie eliminacji pokonał sensacyjnego finalistę niedawnego turnieju ATP w Chennai Hindusa Somdeva Devvarmana 4:6, 6:4, 7:5. W decydującym meczu zmierzy się w sobotę nad ranem z rozstawionym z dwójką Niemcem Andreasem Beckiem. Pozostali Polacy odpadli.

www.sport.pl

olivero
Jan 16th, 2009, 01:49 PM
Thank M&M :D

Cinek
Jan 16th, 2009, 09:53 PM
If Aga will be in a good shape she should get QF ;).

Aryman3
Jan 17th, 2009, 12:09 PM
Aga was training today with Gasquet. Interestimg.

justine schnyder
Jan 17th, 2009, 12:17 PM
Aga was training today with Gasquet. Interestimg.

:eek: really??
Good chice :hearts: 2 of my faves, but I'm not sure it was very useful to Gasquet to practice with a WTA player, especially not one who doesn't hit the hardest..

M&M
Jan 18th, 2009, 11:53 PM
Radwańska mówi o czym plotkują tenisistki w szatni
http://bi.gazeta.pl/im/6/6153/z6153966X.jpg
Australian Open to obok Wimbledonu ulubiony turniej Agnieszki Radwańskiej. Polska tenisistka tuż przed jego rozpoczęciem w specjalnym wywiadzie dla Sport.pl i Gazety Wyborczej opowiada o swoich szansach, rywalkach, i tym co się dzieje w tenisowej szatni...

- Ten turniej ma pozytywną energię. Odbywa się w centrum dużego miasta, nie trzeba się tłuc na korty w korkach, jak to bywa w Nowym Jorku i Paryżu - mówi Radwańska. - Lubię też nawierzchnię i australijskie lato w środku polskiej zimy. Melbourne jest ciepłe, czasem nawet gorące, ale zawsze przyjazne. Ludzie są mili, a w tym roku jeszcze odnowili korty, siłownię i... zaczęli podawać dobre makarony, bo w zeszłym roku mieli głównie spaghetti z keczupem. Podoba mi się w Australii.




- Melbourne to też czas wymiany informacji - śmieje się 20-letnia Polka. - W damskiej szatni plotkuje się o nowych fryzurach, kto schudł, a kto przytył, kto ma fajny strój (śmiech).

W pierwszej rundzie Radwańska zmierzy się Ukrainką Kateriną Bondarenko.

- Nie grałyśmy ze sobą wcześniej, ale kilka razy spotykałam się z jej starszą siostrą Aloną. Ostatnio przegrałam z nią w Warszawie - opowiada Radwańska. - To nie jest dobre losowanie. Siostry umieją grać w tenisa i są groźne w Australii. W zeszłym roku wygrały w deblu. Liczyłam, że jako rozstawiona z dziewiątką będę miała więcej szczęścia.

Jak gra Bondarenko?

- Regularnie, technicznie, bardziej "na przerzut" z linii końcowej niż na jeden strzał, jak Szarapowa. Trudno powiedzieć, czy pasuje mi taki styl.

sport.pl

M&M
Jan 18th, 2009, 11:57 PM
Radwańska o Australian Open: Nie da się ukryć, że jestem faworytką
- Nie da się ukryć, że jestem jedną z faworytek do gry w ćwierćfinale lub półfinale, ale wszystkie mecze muszę wygrać na korcie sama. To, że o mnie dobrze piszą, nic nie zmienia - mówi w wywiadzie dla Sport.pl i "Gazety Wyborczej" Agnieszka Radwańska, dziesiąta tenisistka świata.

Jakub Ciastoń: Lubi pani grać w Australian Open?

Agnieszka Radwańska: To po Wimbledonie mój najbardziej ulubiony turniej. Na początku sezonu jestem wypoczęta, nic nie boli. Stęskniłam się za tenisem po zimowej przerwie. Ten turniej ma pozytywną energię. Odbywa się w centrum dużego miasta, nie trzeba się tłuc na korty w korkach, jak to bywa w Nowym Jorku i Paryżu. Lubię też nawierzchnię i australijskie lato w środku polskiej zimy. Melbourne jest ciepłe, czasem nawet gorące, ale zawsze przyjazne. Ludzie są mili, a w tym roku jeszcze odnowili korty, siłownię i... zaczęli podawać dobre makarony, bo w zeszłym roku mieli głównie spaghetti z keczupem. Podoba mi się w Australii.

Miło jest zobaczyć w jednym miejscu znajome twarze po dwóch miesiącach wakacji?

- Jasne. Melbourne to też czas wymiany informacji. W damskiej szatni plotkuje się o nowych fryzurach, kto schudł, a kto przytył, kto ma fajny strój (śmiech).

Novak Djoković powiedział, że Australian Open powinien być w lutym.

- Ja się przyzwyczaiłam do stycznia. Zmiana chyba nie ma sensu, choć faktycznie dla niektórych te dwa tygodnie przygotowań to za mało. Mnie wystarcza.

Kto jest faworytką w Melbourne?

- Nie wiem.

Nie śledzi pani przed sezonem, co słychać u rywalek, np. że Janković miała grypę, a Dementiewa pokonała Serenę Williams?

- Nie śledzę, bo skupiam się na swojej grze. Wiem tylko, że Dementiewa gładko, w dwóch setach, ograła Serenę w Sydney. Ktoś mi powiedział.

Dementiewa wygrała cały ten turniej, w finale pokonała Dinarę Safinę. Mówi się już, że jest jedną z faworytek, a pani przegrała z nią przed tygodniem po trzech zaciętych setach...

- Dementiewa wygrała w Sydney? Od pana się dowiaduję. Ale co mam powiedzieć? Jest w dobrej formie i tyle. To się nie musi przełożyć na Melbourne. Ten turniej lubi niespodzianki.

Siostry Williams?

- Jeśli już, to raczej Venus, ale nie widziałem jej w akcji w tym roku. Serenie nie wróżę w turnieju wielkiej kariery. Chyba nie jest w formie, ale mogę się mylić. Z nią nigdy nie wiadomo.

Pani gra w pierwszej rundzie z Kateriną Bondarenko.

- Nie grałyśmy wcześniej, ale kilka razy spotykałam się z jej starszą siostrą Aloną. Ostatnio przegrałam z nią w Warszawie. To nie jest dobre losowanie. Siostry umieją grać w tenisa i są groźne w Australii. W zeszłym roku wygrały w deblu. Liczyłam, że jako rozstawiona z dziewiątką będę miała więcej szczęścia.

Jak gra Bondarenko?

- Regularnie, technicznie, bardziej "na przerzut" z linii końcowej niż na jeden strzał, jak Szarapowa. Trudno powiedzieć, czy pasuje mi taki styl. Wiele będzie zależało od wiatru i tego, czy będzie tego dnia w dołku czy w górce...

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M&M
Jan 19th, 2009, 11:42 AM
Radwańska jakiej nie znacie

Agnieszka Radwańska (20 l.) zdradza nam wiele ze swoich tajemnic.




Życie to sztuka podejmowania decyzji. Agnieszka Radwańska (20 l.) dziś zaczyna walkę o swój pierwszy wielkoszlemowy triumf. Nam zdradziła, że gdyby miała wybierać, woli zwycięstwo w Australian Open niż pierwsze miejsce w rankingu. Co wybrała w pozostałych 30 przypadkach?
- Kawa czy herbata?
- Najchętniej... czekolada na gorąco. Kawy nie znoszę, herbatę lubię tylko czasami.
- Morze czy góry?
- Tylko morze: plaża, opalanie, leniuchowanie na słońcu.
- Makaron czy sushi?
- Sushi nienawidzę, a włoską kuchnię kocham, więc wybór jest prosty.
- Kino czy dyskoteka?
- Najchętniej kino zakończone... wypadem do dyskoteki!
- Limuzyna czy sportowe auto?
- Zdecydowanie sportowe, choć mój mercedes to też trochę limuzyna.
- Brad Pitt czy Maciej Zakościelny?
- Parę lat temu powiedziałabym Pitt, ale... trochę się zestarzał. Wybieram Zakościelnego.
- Sława czy pieniądze?
- Sława, choć w moim przypadku chyba oznacza to też pieniądze...
- Centrum handlowe czy sklep internetowy?
- W życiu nic nie kupiłam w Internecie! Muszę wszystko przymierzyć, obejrzeć, a potem jeszcze raz przymierzyć.
- Dom (http://www.muratordom.pl/) z ogrodem czy apartament?
- Mieszkam w apartamencie w centrum i lubię to, ale ostatnio coraz częściej myślę o domu wśród zieleni.
- Pies czy kot?
- Pies, do kotów jakoś nie mam przekonania. Parę lat temu mieliśmy psa, ale... rzucił się kiedyś na Ulę i musieliśmy go oddać.
- Małysz czy Kubica?
- Małysz, bo łatwiej mi się skupić na jednym skoku niż na dwugodzinnym wyścigu.
- Książka czy telewizor?
- Wstyd się przyznać, ale po treningach i meczach nie chce mi się czytać i siadam przed telewizorem.
- Hip-hop czy heavy metal?
- Metalu słucha tata i często mnie tym katuje w samochodzie. Ja wolę hip-hop.
- Ciastko czy lody?
- A nie może być ciastko z lodami? Jeśli muszę wybrać, to lody czekoladowe.
- Wino czy drink?
- Wina nie lubię, więc raczej jakiś lekki drink na bazie soku owocowego.
- Radio czy płyta?
- Radio, bo lubię różną muzykę i skaczę ze stacji na stację.
- Komedia czy dramat?
- Najlepiej... horror!
- Serial czy teleturniej?
- Zdecydowanie serial. Kiedyś byłam na bieżąco z "Na Wspólnej" i "M jak miłość", teraz rzadziej mam czas oglądać.
- Buty czy torebka?
- Muszę wybrać? Rok temu na pewno torebka, ale teraz już sama nie wiem.
- iPod czy mp3?
- iPod, bo uwielbiam takie gadżety.
- Agnieszka czy Isia?
- Wszystko jedno. Na turniejach mówią na mnie Aga, Agnieska, Agneska, w domu Isia, niektórzy Agnieszka. Mam wiele imion!
- Boks czy piłka nożna?
- Tylko boks, bo wiele się dzieje. Piłki nie znoszę, a w czasie meczów usypiam!
- Owoce czy słodycze?
- Jedno i drugie, czyli najlepiej ciastko z owocami.
- Mąż czy kochanek?
- Mąż... Pytanie tylko: czyj!
- Wimbledon czy Australian Open?
- Tylko Wimbledon, to mój ukochany turniej.
- Fryzjer czy solarium?
- Solarium? W życiu nie byłam w solarium, opalam się na turniejach.
- Pierwsze miejsce w rankingu czy zwycięstwo w Wielkim Szlemie?
- Zdecydowanie Wielki Szlem, bo to daje miejsce w historii.
- Impreza w klubie czy domówka?
- Najlepiej zacząć w domu, a skończyć w klubie! W domu lubię się bawić w tygodniu, a w soboty wybieram się z przyjaciółmi do klubu.
- Złoto czy srebro?
- Tylko srebro. Złoto mi nie pasuje, no, chyba że białe. No i oczywiście z brylantami!
- Szpilki czy adidasy?
- Wielu się zdziwi, ale... szpilki. W szafie mam ich wiele par i strasznie lubię w nich chodzić.
- Brunet czy blondyn?
- Chyba brunet, choć tak naprawdę wszystko jedno. Tylko rudy nie ma u mnie szans!
Nie przegap!
Transmisje z Australian Open codziennie w Eurosporcie od 1.00 w nocy do 14.00
Najciekawsze mecze pierwszej rundy Australian Open
Agnieszka Radwańska - Kateryna Bondarenko (Ukraina)
Marta Domachowska - Sania Mirza (Indie)
Dinara Safina (Rosja) - Ałła Kudriawcewa (Rosja)
Karolina Woźniacki (Dania) - Shahar Peer (Izrael)
Venus Williams (USA) - Angelique Kerber (Niemcy)
Serena Williams (USA) - Meng Yuan (Chiny)
Rafael Nadal (Hiszpania) - Christophe Rochus (Belgia)
Lleyton Hewitt (Australia) - Fernando Gonzalez (Chile)
Nicolas Almagro (Hiszpania) - Nicolas Massu (Chile)
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (Francja) - Juan Monaco (Argentyna)
Marcos Baghdatis (Cypr) - Julien Benneteau (Francja)
Roger Federer (Szwajcaria) - Andreas Seppi (Włochy)
Tyle płacą organizatorzy (w przeliczeniu na złotówki):
1. runda - 40 tysięcy
2. runda - 65 tysięcy
3. runda - 107 tysięcy
4. runda - 185 tysięcy
1/4 finału - 384 tysiące
1/2 finału - 771 tysięcy
finał - 2,1 miliona
zwycięstwo - 4,2 miliona
Tyle płacą bukmacherzy (za każdą złotówkę postawiona na zwycięstwo w turnieju):
Venus Williams - 4,50
Serena Williams - 4,80
Jelena Dementiewa - 8,00
Dinara Safina - 8,00
Jelena Janković - 9,00
Ana Ivanović - 12,00
Karolina Woźniacki - 22,00
Wiera Zwonariewa - 30,00
Wiktoria Azarenka - 32,00
Agnieszka Radwańska - 41,00
Swietłana Kuzniecowa - 60,00
Roger Federer - 3,60
Andy Murray - 3,70
Rafael Nadal - 5,20
Novak Djoković - 7,00
David Nalbandian - 26,00
Juan Martin Del Potro - 40,00
Gilles Simon - 55,00
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga - 75,00
Andy Roddick - 80,00
Marcos Baghdatis - 300,00

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M&M
Jan 19th, 2009, 11:44 AM
Płacą za pokój, póki wygrywa

Tagi: agnieszka radwańska (http://www.se.pl/archiwum/tag/agnieszka_radwa%C5%84ska/), tenis ziemny (http://www.se.pl/archiwum/tag/tenis_ziemny/)
Data publikacji: 19.01.2009 02:00
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Isia nie zapłaci jednak za pokój ani grosza. A każda noc w apartamencie "Diplomatic" w hotelu Grand Hyatt w Melbourne kosztuje około 3000 złotych.




100-metrowy apartament składa się z sypialni, gabinetu, łazienki (http://www.urzadzamy.pl/lazienka,45.htm) urządzonej w marmurach oraz wielkiego salonu z widokiem na rzekę Yarra i słynny ogród botaniczny.
Isia ma do dyspozycji między innymi szerokopasmowy dostęp do Internetu, ogromny telewizor plazmowy z odtwarzaczem DVD oraz cztery telefony. Przez 24 godziny na dobę nad jej komfortem czuwa pokojówka, która codziennie rano przynosi do pokoju gazety. Jesteśmy zdania, że za taką kwotę powinni dostarczać do Melbourne także świeże wydanie "Super Expressu".
- Im dłużej będę grała w turnieju, tym dłużej organizatorzy będą płacili za mój pokój - mówi wprost Isia. - Przyjechałam tu po to, żeby jak najlepiej grać w tenisa, a nie żeby korzystać z luksusów. Ale oczywiście w takich warunkach można się doskonale przygotować do meczu.

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Agata.
Jan 19th, 2009, 12:00 PM
One more vote needed: :)

http://www.tennisforum.com/showthread.php?t=367446&page=2

Cinek
Jan 19th, 2009, 12:27 PM
Thanks ;]

sharapovarulz1
Jan 20th, 2009, 10:37 AM
I really dont know what to say!!! :(

Cinek
Jan 20th, 2009, 10:50 AM
Aga :(

M&M
Jan 20th, 2009, 11:39 AM
aga :hug:

St.Sebastian
Jan 20th, 2009, 01:23 PM
It's dead quiet in here...
Maybe it's for the best as Aga will realise that her serve is not that good after all and her game needs a major upgrade.
She was utterly terrible though but she is just human and we can't expect her to beat every player ranked lower than her.

Good Luck next time :(

olivero
Jan 20th, 2009, 01:59 PM
Well it's not her first suprising, early exit in a big tournament. She had the same in Miami '08 and at the Olympics, so lets hope she will come back strong for the next tournaments. And I also hope she will realise she has to improve her serve (for start) although she's probably to stubborn for that :unsure:

AndreConrad
Jan 20th, 2009, 02:18 PM
Well it's not her first suprising, early exit in a big tournament. She had the same in Miami '08 and at the Olympics, so lets hope she will come back strong for the next tournaments. And I also hope she will realise she has to improve her serve (for start) although she's probably to stubborn for that :unsure:

Yes stubborness is a slight problem, but those loses may be just what she needs to give in.

Dexter
Jan 20th, 2009, 02:40 PM
It's not her, it's her father who needs to realise that. And yes, he's too stubborn and too much of a pompous ass to do so.

AndreConrad
Jan 20th, 2009, 02:51 PM
It's not her, it's her father who needs to realise that. And yes, he's too stubborn and too much of a pompous ass to do so.

He may be a pompous ass, but as far as her second serve is concerned I think it is in fact Agnieszka who resits change. I have noticed in quite a few interviews how defensive she gets when someone approaches this subject. She is a very young lady with strong opinions, it is kind of appropriate for her age otherwise she would be just a spineless teen who will never achieve anything.

Iceland
Jan 20th, 2009, 04:50 PM
I remember having read somewhere that she reckons her serve to be pretty solid. Or maybe she was saying that it's not so much of a big deal since there have been many top tenners with a very breakable serve.
So maybe a bit of both. I'm not perfectly aware of the extent of her dad's influence anyway...
Improving a serve can be done relatively quickly. Jankovic did so last year and it got rewarded. I hope she will think about it!

Matt.
Jan 20th, 2009, 05:00 PM
I think a more pressing matter in her game is her approach shots. I know that yesterday was an anomaly, but I've seen this occur even in her best matches. For someone who is so smart on court, she refuses to act on the concept that approaches are done down the line. If they are done cross-court, they have to be an incredible shot; in most cases, a winner. However, she is often not aggressive enough on the approach. It was symbolic that the match ended on Agnieszka being passed off of a horrible backhand approach.

I feel that the women playing on the WTA are able to hit passing shots on a more consistent basis than return winners. The serve is more a physical problem, but these approach shots are a tactical error. With a game like hers, tactical errors shouldn't be her worry.

M&M
Jan 20th, 2009, 08:22 PM
for me it also seems like agnieszk alost muscels, she lost definetly soem weight, when you compare her to last season. it also effects her power. i already noticed that i sydney, she doesn't pay that fast anymore and also her footwork wasn't that good as last season, also in the match vs. bondarenko. last season she bashed teh balls more than this season... it'S like she is only pushing... wonder if that all bellydancing etc was good as preperation for this season :confused:

Malva
Jan 21st, 2009, 04:22 AM
It's not her, it's her father who needs to realise that. And yes, he's too stubborn and too much of a pompous ass to do so.

Strong words. I have some doubts. From what I know it seems it is all Agnieszka's will (or lack of it). Her father was quite vocal about it on several occasions last year.

for me it also seems like agnieszk alost muscels, she lost definetly soem weight, when you compare her to last season. it also effects her power. i already noticed that i sydney, she doesn't pay that fast anymore and also her footwork wasn't that good as last season, also in the match vs. bondarenko. last season she bashed teh balls more than this season... it'S like she is only pushing... wonder if that all bellydancing etc was good as preperation for this season :confused:

I simply think she wasn't prepared for the season. Obviously too much media attention is really hurting her. Looks to be an almost exact repetition of her Summer 2008 -- after an excellent late Spring. So I am not worried about her getting sluggish or whatever. Just inadequate preparation for which she got badly punished. The trouble is she committed this blunder for the second time in a row within 6 months. When she said just a few days ago that two weeks of preparations for the Australian Open were enough for her while might not be enough for others (vide Dementieva, Azarenka), she was dead wrong about that. But I suspect that was just her statement to the press -- in reality she knew perfectly well she wasn't prepared.

She may have counted on getting into the top form by the time she would reach the second week -- something à la Williams sisters. Why am I saying this? Because otherwise it is totally inexplicable how a player of her stature can be afraid of somebody like Kateryna Bondarenko? I was struck by her admissions that she was afraid of the outcome of her first round match, and that she was disappointed by the draw. That didn't make any sense to me.

Now it does. I understand the reason now: Agnieszka knew she wasn't prepared at all to face a player like Bondarenko in the first round.

So, was it a blunder, or was it a sound tactical decision involving some risk (to play very little before AO in order not to get tired, and then reach the peak of the form in the second week of the slam) which was undone by a bad luck in drawing Bondarenko in the first round, combined with hot weather and windy conditions?

Honestly, I tend to think the latter. I think Agnieszka is too serious about her business to just assume she was, kind of, neglectful.