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Agnieszka Radwanska: « Great to be in Paris »

Cécile Verin
Monday, 09 February 2009 at 12:50
Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska, the number 4 seed of the 17th Open GDF SUEZ, answers our questions on the tournament and on what she plans to do while in Paris.  

Agnieszka, welcome back to Paris. How does it feel to be the fourth seed here?

It feels great, I really enjoy being here. I played here two years ago but I had to go through qualifying so this time it's a very different context and situation. This year, it's definitely a great feeling to be here.

Have you had a chance to practice on Center Court yet?

Well, I arrived last night because I was playing the Fed Cup, so no, I haven't played on the main court yet. But I know I like the atmosphere here, and hopefully, it will be a little quieter than it was at the Fed Cup. I still have a headache from the spectators yelling and cheering there, it was very loud. (smile)

Have you looked at your draw?

Yes, I have, and since I'm playing a qualifier, I don't know who my opponent will be yet. But whoever that is, there are some very good players here this year, top level, really. So I must be focused and play well immediately because there won't be any easy matches, even in the early rounds. I'm probably going to see some qualifying matches to see some players in action and possibly my next opponent.

How far do you think you can go in this tournament?

It's hard to tell, I can't really say. I'm really going to try to go as far as possible, of course, and we'll see where that takes me. Hopefully, quarter or semi but it is going to be a tough week, even though I'm very happy with the good matches I played last week.

Do you have any plans to do some sighseeing in Paris on your free time?

Sure, I really want to take advantage of being here to visit some typically Parisian sites, monuments and places, especially after the tournament is over. The Champs Elysées Avenue and the Eiffel Tower will be my top priorities. I just don't want to spend my entire week on a court!

Would you say you're famous in Poland?

Well, to be perfectly honest, yes, I am. When I'm there, if I go out, people tend to recognize me, in restaurants or public places. But it's fine with me, I don't have any problem with that.

You've become a top-ten player and tennis fans comment on your game and your performances in internet forums. Do you read what they write about you?

No, I usually don't. I tend not to read anything that's written about me, whether it's by fans or by the press. I don't want articles to make me feel uncomfortable or something.

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