There's an assumption--a mythology, to some degree--that Agnieszka Radwanska, tricky as she is, cannot finesse her way past big hitters. That isn't actually true, though the Polish star appears to have come to believe it. Consider how she freezes the moment she sees Serena Williams on the other side of the net. I'm not implying that Radwanska can change her attitude and beat Williams, but she could at least give it a go. Radwanska frequently appears to give up when she faces a big hitter, but when she has some belief and actually plays her game, sometimes good things happen. Just ask Maria Sharapova.
The Australian Open 5th seed faced such a big hitter in yesterday's night match, when she played Spain's Garbine Muguruza for a spot in the quarterfinals. Muguruza did not make it easy for Radwanska; in fact, she imposed herself on the Pole in the very early part of the match. But Muguruza's big hitting was actually bait for Radwanska, whose footwork, shot variety and cunning strategy were way more than the Spaniard could handle. Radwanska won 6-1, 6-3.
I am so weary of the tennis media. Bill Macatee, from whom I expect better, is now 27-year-old Andrea Hlavackova and 28-year-old Lucie Hradecka "young ladies." (He shouldn't be calling any of the players "young ladies," for that matter). Apparently, if you hang out with Tracy Austin long enough, you, too, can develop sexist language. And I winced when Renee Stubbs "humorously" asked Victoria Azarenka a question about her personal life that is none of Stubbs' (or our) business.
Then there was the reporter who asked Simona Halep how her breast reduction surgery had affected her off-court life. Halep laughed it off, but oh, how I wish she had instead asked the reporter a question about his or her (does anyone know who the reporter was?) genitals or sexual habits. And I really wish she would formally complain, but, of course, that particular reporter's question will just float around with Tsonga's lecture on women's hormones in the great "don't make such a big deal over it, it's all good fun" sexist beyond.
Two quarterfinals will be played today. Li Na will play Flavia Pennetta, and that match will be followed by Ana Ivanovic vs. Eugenie Bouchard. Also today, top seeds Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci play Cara Black and Sania Mirza. And surprise quarterfinalists Shahar Peer and Silvia Soler-Espinosa take on Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears.