Agnieszka Radwanska – Out of the Mix for No. 1

Agnieszka Radwanska suffered a loss at the 2016 US Open on Monday night. The result takes her out of the running for the World No. 1 for the time being.

Poland’s Agnieszka Radwanska, despite being ranked 4th in the world, didn’t turn in a good summer of results on the WTA Tour. She capped them off on Monday with a fourth-round loss at the 2016 US Open to Ana Konjuh, the current World No. 92. With the result, Radwanska is temporarily eliminated from the World No. 1 ranking race. In fact, she actually looks like her ranking might sink in the next couple of months.

Entering the US Open, there were four players that could seize or keep the World No. 1 ranking with the results from Flushing Meadows. The quartet included Radwanska and Garbine Muguruza, two players that have now both been eliminated from the US Open draw.

Serena Williams and Angelique Kerber remain of the original four, two players that will settle the ranking situation in the days ahead. Whichever one of them wins the title will be ranked No. 1 next Monday. If neither should capture the title, then Kerber is the player who will have the edge.

Looking back at the last few months for Radwanska, there seems to be a noticeable dip in form. She only made the fourth round of both Roland Garros and Wimbledon, results that a player of her calibre will be disappointed in.

Recently she also lost early in Birmingham, the Olympics, and Montreal. Furthermore, it’s not necessarily taking a top player to take Radwanska out. She now has five recent losses to players ranked outside of the Top 20.

Looking ahead for Radwanska, there are some title defenses coming up. She won in Tokyo last year, she won in Tianjin, and she won the WTA Finals. There’s quite a few ranking points involved with those 2015 titles, not to mention a deep run from Beijing 2015. If she doesn’t start making pushes deep into draws soon, then a ranking side before the end of the season is definitely possible.

Looking ahead at the US Open,Β it’s going to be Konjuh against Karolina Pliskova in one quarterfinal. That’s a great match-up for both players as neither is experienced this deep in Grand Slams. Pliskova, who is making a great push toward the Top 5 is very likely to enter the match as the favorite. But due to the inexperience of both players, the other quarterfinal on top of the draw takes on increased meaning. Williams will face Simona Halep with the winner picking up a nice draw to the final.

The top half of the draw resumes on Wednesday while the other two women’s quarterfinals on the bottom half of the draw will be played on Tuesday (Roberta Vinci vs. Angelique Kerber & Caroline Wozniacki vs. Anastasija Sevastova).

Shane Lambert