Urszula “Ula” Radwańska [urˈʂula radˈvaɲska] ( listen) (born 7 December 1990) is a Polish professional tennis player.
Radwańska has won one doubles title on the WTA tour, as well as four singles and ten doubles titles on the ITF tour in her career. On 8 October 2012, she reached her best singles ranking of world number 29. On 21 September 2009, she peaked at world number 74 in the doubles rankings.
She is the younger sister of Agnieszka Radwańska.
As a junior player, Radwańska won Grand Slam titles, including the 2007 Wimbledon girls’ singles, culminating in the junior year-ending world No. 1 ranking. This was the launching pad into her professional career, where she has been getting into WTA main draws via qualifying and wildcards.
In 2007, Radwańska played in the main draw of three WTA tour tournaments. She lost in the first round of the Tier II J&S Cup in Warsaw, the second round of the Tier III Japan Open Tennis Championships in Tokyo, and the quarterfinals of the Tier III PTT Bangkok Open after defeating fourth-seeded Virginie Razzano in the third round. Urszula and Agnieszka won a doubles title together at the 2007 İstanbul Cup.
At the 2008 Wimbledon Championships, Radwańska made her Grand Slam singles debut, losing in the second round to two-time champion Serena Williams 6–4, 6–4. Having seen the fight she put up in this match, the commentator Andrew Castle observed, “She is sound in just about all areas, and she knows what to do with the ball, she seems to have an understanding, a little like Martina Hingis.”
2009: Breaking into the Top 100
On 16 February 2009, the Radwańska sisters played their first official tour match against each other in the first round of the Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships. Urszula won the match in straight sets 6–4, 6–3 hitting six aces and 25 winners.
At the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, California, Radwańska defeated sixth-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova in three sets, the highest ranked player she had ever defeated. She then lost to ninth-seeded Caroline Wozniacki in her first ever WTA fourth round match. Her results at this tournament caused her singles ranking to break into the top 100 for the first time.
In the second grand slam of the year, the French Open, Radwańska lost in the first round to Belgian Yanina Wickmayer. She advanced to the second round of the 2009 Wimbledon Championships, falling to No.14 Dominika Cibulková. Radwańska then competed in the 2009 US Open, losing to Kristina Barrois in the opening round.
2010–2011: First WTA Semifinal
Radwańska lost in the first round of 2010 Australian Open to eventual champion Serena Williams. She was then forced to take a break to undergo lumbar spine surgery in Miami, Florida. Following a six month break, she returned to action in August. At the US Open she scored her first main draw win of the year by defeating Anna Chakvetadze, but lost her next round to Lourdes Domínguez Lino.
Radwańska then lost in the qualifying draw at the 2011 Australian Open. She advanced to the third round at the 2011 BNP Paribas Open before falling to Victoria Azarenka. However, she was unable to qualify for the 2011 French Open or the 2011 Wimbledon Championships. Subsequently, she won three qualifying matches at the 2011 U.S. Open to make the main draw. She lost to her sister Agnieszka Radwańska in the first round. Radwańska reached her first WTA semifinal at the 2011 Tashkent Open, eventually losing to number 1 seed Ksenia Pervak.
2012: Breaking into the Top 30
At the 2012 Australian Open Radwańska lost in the second round to Sorana Cîrstea. She reached the second round French Open losing to fourth seed Petra Kvitová. Radwańska started the grass season playing the 75K tournament in Nottingham. She saved three match points in her opening round against Misaki Doi and went on to win the title. Weather forced the semifinals and final to be played on the same day. Radwańska won both matches in three sets, defeating Irina Falconi in the semis and Coco Vandeweghe in the final. This result granted her qualification into the main draw for the Olympic Games in London. She reached her first career final at the 2012 UNICEF Open where she lost to Nadia Petrova.
At the 2012 Wimbledon Championships, Radwańska lost her first round to Marina Erakovic. She teamed up with her sister Agnieszka in doubles; they advanced to the third round before withdrawing due to Agnieszka’s illness.
She started out the summer hard court season at the Bank of the West Classic and Mercury Insurance Open where she reached the quarterfinals of both events. In London Olympics Radwańska lost to eventual champion Serena Williams (6–2, 6–3). She partnered with her sister in doubles. They lost in the second round to the top seeded team Liezel Huber/Lisa Raymond.
Returning to hard courts she qualified for the main draw at Rogers Cup and Western & Southern Open where she lost to Ekaterina Makarova and Serena Williams respectively. At the US Open she lost in the first round to 20th seed Roberta Vinci, who subsequently eliminated her older sister in the fourth round.
She reached back to back semifinal at the 2012 Tashkent Open and at Guangzhou but fell to Irina-Camelia Begu and Hsieh Su-wei respectively. Both went on to win the title. At the Toray Pan Pacific Open she defeated Ana Ivanovic in the second round but lost to Angelique Kerber in the third round. She lost in the first round of the China Open to Romina Oprandi. She defeated Francesca Schiavone at the first round of the Kremlin Cup. Her season ended with a loss to Caroline Wozniacki in round 2. Urszula finished the season with a 47–29 record.