Agnieszka Radwanska became the first Polish Grand Slam finalist for 73 years as the world number three cruised to a 6-3,6-4 win over Germany’s Angelique Kerber in the Wimbledon semi-finals today.
Radwanska’s first appearance in a Grand Slam final emulates the achievement of compatriot Jadwiga Jedrzejowska,who reached the French Championships final in 1939.
The 23-year-old — a Wimbledon junior champion in 2005 will play four-time champion Serena Williams or world number two Victoria Azarenka in Saturday’s final.
Radwanska deserved her moment of glory on Centre Court after a remarkably composed 70-minute display in her first major semi-final and she could yet leave London as both Wimbledon champion and the new world number one.
Deploying a consistent counter-punching game,Radwanska made just six unforced errors compared to 14 from the more aggressive but unfocused Kerber,who had been attempting to become the first German woman to reach a Grand Slam final since Steffi Graf at Wimbledon in 1999.
“I’m so happy,it’s amazing. I played very good today,” Radwanska said.
“It’s always tough against Angie. We are very good friends but of course on court we were both fighting for the final.
“I think we were both a bit nervous in the beginning,your hand is shaking a bit,but after a couple of games I relaxed.
“This is what I dreamed of since I was a kid. Everyone wants to reach a Grand Slam final. It is the best two weeks of my career.”