World No.8 Agnieszka Radwanska believes women’s tennis is much stronger now than when she first began her career.
The 28-year-old made the claims in a self-penned article for Singapore newspaper The Straits Times.
The Polish player has been a professional player for 12 years and won her first WTA title as an 18-year-old.
“The younger players on tour right now are dangerous,” Radwanska wrote.
“These days, the teenagers are playing really experienced tennis. I remember when I used to play against the younger players, they were not that good. They were just hitting the ball with no plan. Everyone can hit forehands and backhands, but they weren’t constructing points well, so you just didn’t feel any pressure against them. You were in control of the points.
“The level in women’s tennis has really improved. Everything is tough from the first round. Sometimes you might play a wildcard, but even then, they’re very good. There are so many players at the same level. Just because someone is ranked No. 50, doesn’t mean they’re not playing like they’re top 20.
“That’s what’s changed, for sure. The first round or two at tournaments used to be much easier. You didn’t have to play 100 per cent and you were winning in two sets. Today? Forget about it. If you’re not playing your best, you can just go take a shower and call it a day.”
The popular Pole also revealed she can’t see herself playing for much longer.
“I’m 28 now and I’m more towards the end of my career than the beginning,” she wrote.
“I’m not going to play tennis like Serena Williams when I’m 36, I know that. I’ve been on tour for so long. I haven’t had any breaks. I’ve had a couple of surgeries but I always had those during the off-season and I’m always ready for the Majors. I’ve played 43 Grand Slams in a row.
“My goal now is to maximise the time I have left on tour, and that means being as efficient as possible in my schedule by making the most of my opportunities.”
You can read the full article here.
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