There’s something about Melbourne Park that clearly agrees with Agnieszka Radwanksa.
While Wimbledon has traditionally been her happiest hunting ground, the Pole has achieved solme stellar results at the Australian Open, her career win-loss record of 19-7 at the tournament highlighted by three straight quarterfinals appearances in the past three years, as well as her first run to the last in back in 2008.
Such consistency is exactly why you want Radwanska playing for your town at Australian Open 2014 as part of the AO Blitz.
While she was once blown away by the power-hitters of the game, Radwanska has in recent years cemented herself as one of the elite. For more than a year now she’s been a top five fixture, having risen as high as No.2 following her trip to the Wimbledon final in 2012. Having adopted a more aggressive mindset as well as improving her strength to counter the power of her opponents, the 24-year-old is now a fixture at the pointy end of the game’s biggest events.
But that’s not to say she’s lost any of the artistry for which she’s famous. Radwanska delights fans with her command of every shot in the book, her penchant for wicked drop shots, changes of pace, sharp angles, deft lobs and improvised strokes making her a favourite among tennis purists.
She’s frequently drawn comparisons with Swiss legend Martina Hingis; it should be noted that Hingis was also a highly successful and popular competitor at Melbourne Park in her time.
So how can you get Radwanska playing for your town at the upcoming Australian Open?
It’s easy – the more points you earn by completing challenges, the more points you earn for your nominated town. And the higher your town finishes on the leader-board, the more chance it will have of being represented by a highly seeded player. The top two towns on the leader-board will flip a coin to see which one scores the top-seeded male player, or the top-seeded female.
Your town could be associated with the Pole at Australian Open 2014; giant information screens around Melbourne Park, plus scheduling signage, would feature her name, nationality and the Australian town she’s ‘playing for’.
It’s a pretty exciting concept, especially when you consider the prizes on offer. If your representative player wins the men’s or women’s Australian Open singles title, your town will be treated to an AO Blitz party for the entire community, and a whole host of other prizes.
While she may not be the hot favourite for the title at Australian Open 2014, Radwanska will be highly motivated to post an even deeper run at the year’s first major tournament.
A little luck from the draw might help – in her past three trips to the quarterfinals, she has been stopped by eventual champions Kim Clijsters (2011) and Victoria Azarenka (2012), and fell to 2013 finalist Li Na in her most recent Australian campaign.
But it’s more experienced and confidence Radwanska who will be arriving in January, one who posted her best ever French Open result in 2013 with a run to the quarterfinals, and who again went deep at the All England Club, missing out on her second straight Wimbledon final by a mere handful of points. And if her 13-match winning streak during the Australian summer in 2013 was anything to go by, she’s extremely comfortable on the blue Plexicushion.
By registering for the AO Blitz and completing as many challenges as you can, you'll increase your chances of having Radwanska potentially posting another strong run –perhaps to the title – for your town at Australian Open 2014.