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29 January 2010

Radwanska ready for Belgian visit


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Agnieszka Radwanska (POL)

Agnieszka Radwanska has firmly established herself at the top of the women’s game having finished No. 10 in the world rankings for the last two years.

Radwanska has also stamped her authority on Fed Cup by BNP Paribas. In 2009, she inspired Poland to climb out of the Europe/Africa Zone for the first time in 15 years.

The Polish team defeated Bosnia & Herzegovina, Sweden, Romania and Great Britain to advance to the play-offs, where a narrow 3-2 victory was recorded over Japan.

“First of all, I’m very happy that we won all those matches last year and we have finally a chance to go to the World Group,” said Radwanska.

Poland will host Belgium in the World Group II first round, taking place in Bydgoszcz on 6-7 February. Although Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin will both be absent, Belgium still has a strong line-up, spearheaded by Yanina Wickmayer, a semifinalist at the US Open in 2009.

“It’s a pretty strong team,” said Radwanska, looking ahead to the tie against Belgium. “For sure, it’s going to be good matches and just a good show in Poland. I’m just going to enjoy it.”

Poland and Belgium have never previously met in Fed Cup play. Poland’s best performance came in 1992 when it reached the quarterfinals. Belgium, meanwhile, is a former champion, winning the title in 2001 with Clijsters and Henin in the side.

“This is the first time we play against Belgium and they have top players,” said Radwanska. “I think for Poland its good to have those sorts of matches in our country and show some good tennis. I just can’t wait.”

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