Aga to rise to world No.2

Published by Tennismash/Reuters

Agnieszka Radwanska waves to the crowd after beating Petra Kvitova in the BNP Paribas Open quarterfinals at Indian Wells; Getty Images

Come Monday, Agnieszka Radwanska will become the world No.2.

The Pole – who first hit the No.2 ranking in 2012, the year she reached her one and only Grand Slam final at Wimbledon – confirmed her ascent after beating Petra Kvitova in the quarterfinals of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells on Wednesday.

She will take over from Angelique Kerber, who hit world No.2 after winning the Australian Open in January.

Radwanska, a finalist in Indian Wells two years ago, fought back from 2-5 down in the second set and raced to a 4-0 lead in the tiebreak before wrapping up victory after a little more than an hour-and-a-half of action.

“I am just so happy to be in the semi-finals here,” she said courtside, where temperatures peaked at 91 degrees Fahrenheit (32C).

Radwanska will meet either reigning world No.1 Serena Williams or former world No.2 Simona Halep in the Indian Wells semifinals.

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