It Is A Long Tour; Just Ask Radwanska

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One of the first problem new WTA chief executive Steve Simon will face is a familiar one, well known to his predecessors. Ever since Larry Scott introduced his Road Map reforms to the women’s calendar, there has been a call to shorten the season.

For a while it worked and even now the women’s tour is several weeks shorter than the calendar of the ATP World Tour. However world no.8 Agnieszka Radwanska, about to complete her tenth year on the round the planet path but this week down to 12th on the Road to Singapore and therefore more likely to contest the Huajin Securities WTA Elite Trophy in Zhuhai for the players who just missed out on the WTA Finals faces a longer year.

The final in Zhahai doesn’t take place until November 8 and for Radwanska who has played already 21 tournaments this year, the tail end of the calendar has a hectic look. However she is prepared for that because she still has not given up hope of making it to Singapore.

“It is a very busy schedule but there is no choice and I need to try every week,” said the 26 year-old Pole who has qualified for the season’s grand finale every year since 2011.

World no.1 Serena Williams has already brought her own personal curtain down on 2015, maintain the last competitive ball she will hit during the year was the last one in the unsuccessful US Open semi-final against Roberta Vinci.

The rigors of the sport have also taken their toll on Maria Sharapova and Simona Halep who are this week on the injured list.

If she does merit a place amongst the leading and available eight for Singapore, she could well have played six successive weeks. Radwanska lost in the third round at the US Open in New York but then went on to win the Toray Pan Pacific title in Tokyo and before suffering a first round loss to eventual champion Venus Williams in the Wuhan Open.

After this week’s China Open in Beijing, where she is into the quarterfinals after benefitting from the retirements of Coco Vandeweghe and Madison Keys.  Radwanska will then play Tianjin, and has accepted a wild card into Moscow’s Kremlin Cup.

Speaking of her win over Keys who was forced to quit because of an injured thigh, Radwanska’s  year is ending soon and we can see a couple of retirements. Hopefully she will get better soon.”

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