Agnieszka Radwanska avoids playing Victoria Azarenka – by losing early in Rome


Agnieszka Radwanska has still not defeated Victoria Azarenka this year, but has finally lost to a player other than the Belarusian! The Pole entered the second-round match of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia with a 32-6 win-loss record in 2012 and all the six losses came at the hands of top-ranked Azarenka, who was again lurking in her half of the draw. However, Radwanska escaped the unpleasant taste of losing to her nemesis again, by exiting the tournament in an opening match, falling to Petra Cetkovska 6-4 4-6 6-1.

After the match, Cetkovska praised Radwanska’s intelligent game, saying that it was her ability to perform better in important moments that decided the match. Radwanska, Dubai and Miami champion this season, was half-hearted, exhausted and injured:

Losing at the beginning of the tournament is disappointing. I’m tired from all the matches I’ve been playing and I have some problems with my back. I’m going to take a few days off then play Brussels. I still have some matches before Paris.

Radwanska is now actually 0-4 in head-to-head against the 28th-ranked Cetkovska, but this is the first time that the 27-year-old Czech beat her as a Top 10 player, even more so, Radwanska is now world No.3. Three of those four defeats to Cetkovska happened in the last 12 months. (photo: Ralf Reinecke)


  1. I watched this match,and i can say that i was more than impressed by Cetkovska’s play.She plays so versatile that even Aga had so much trouble.I’ve also never seen her make that many mistakes.Hope Cetkovska will win again,she deserved it 🙂

  2. That was… sad to watch. It’s not even that Cvetkovska was better, it’s mainly the fact that, one again, Aga fell into one of her grumpy moods – she kept moving around the court as if she were completely exhausted, head down, grimace on her face. Really Aga, unbecoming for a world no. 3 racket.
    I hope that Wiktorowski can set her straight quickly (or she can sort herself out before next week and especially before Roland Garros).
    Funny (?) thing, the evening before that match, Aga posted on her FB account a comment about how she doesn’t want to play Azarenka before many months. Someone answered her that she should watch it out, ’cause she might loose the match – that certainly one way of getting out of playing Azarenka. As they say, be careful what you wish for, it might come true…

  3. Maggie, who would’ve known that Azarenka would withdraw as well. Their meeting was really not meant to be this time.


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