Agnieszka Radwanska suffered an agonizing defeat at the hands of Italy’s Flavia Pennetta in the final of the Premier-Mandatory level BNP Paribas Open on Sunday afternoon. While Pennetta played a fantastic match, it was clear that the Pole was hampered by a knee injury that limited her mobility on court throughout both sets.
The world No. 3 explained that she had originally suffered the injury several days ago yet it flared up significantly on Sunday morning ahead of the final. The result was searing pain and a 6-2, 6-1 loss to the world No. 14.
“It actually happened a few days ago, but I didn’t expect it was going to be much worse today,” she said. “I really tried everything I could to push myself and play 100% today, because this is the final, but unfortunately I was in too much pain. It’s just the worst thing for a player to not be able to give 100% in the final of a big event.”
Although Radwanksa was unsuccessful at clinching the title, she is satisfied with her performances throughout the fortnight. She her first final in over five months with victories over Alize Cornet, Jelena Jankovic and Simona Halep in the process.
“It was still a good two weeks for me. My first final here, a big event, and still a good result.”
The Polish No. 1 also mentioned that she has no intention of withdrawing from the Sony Open in Miami and will be pursuing treatment over the next few days in preparation for the event.
“Of course I will have a lot of treatment and do everything to be ready for Miami.”
The Sony Open takes place in Miami between March 19-30.