Agnieszka Radwanska has made a name for herself with her tremendous touch and feel around the ball and creative shot-making and improvisational skills. But power? That’s not a word that comes up when describing the WTA No. 4′s game. At least, until now.
In her second round match against Madison Keys at the China Open, Radwanska redirected a forehand drive rifled a forehand pass winner that was clocked at 159 km/h, which converts to 99 mph. That’s fast.
By way of comparison, Richard Gasquet hit this 103 mph backhand winner earlier this year that left commentators gasping for air. Radwanska went on to win 6-3, 6-2 to advance to the third round, where she’ll face Polona Hercog.
Radwanska’s shot was all about her anticipation, reflexes, incredible timing, and ability to redirect pace, all of which are her core talents as one of the more creative players in the women’s game, but for it all to come together to produce that kind of power was shocking. The speed at which the ball left her racket stunned Keys and left Radwanska smiling under her visor, a rare sight from the Pole.
In fact, the last time we saw a smile like that was when she hit this stunner at the Sony Open earlier this year:
So which was the more impressive Radwanska Hot Shot of 2013? Her spinning fall-away backhand flick in Miami or her 99-mph laser in Beijing? Let us know in the comments.