Radwanska settles in for afternoon of TV tennis

Wed Jun 29, 2016 10:54am EDT
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By Alison Williams

LONDON (Reuters) - With rain halting play everywhere except Centre Court at Wimbledon on Wednesday, number three seed Agnieska Radwanska was ready to become an armchair fan after her 6-2 6-1 first-round win over Ukraine's Kateryna Kozlova.

Their delayed match survived the cull after being moved on to the roof-covered showcourt, opening play before defending champion Novak Djokovic and Swiss great Roger Federer took to the stage.

"Of course, now is good two matches, Novak and Roger, so I have plenty of tennis to watch," she said as she came off court, relieved to have got her match completed.

"A one-hour match is always good, especially with that weather now, we are playing every day, so I am just very happy with that win and ready for the next one."

Her path through the French Open was also blighted by rain, and lost in the fourth round before blasting organizers for forcing her to play in misty drizzle.

Radwanska's potential second-round opponents, Italy's Karin Knapp or Croatian Ana Konjuh, were still waiting for the showers to abate to get their match completed as the postponed fixtures began to pile up.

The Pole raced into an early lead, breaking twice in the four first games before being pegged back by Kozlova, who did not seem in the least bit overawed despite making her debut at Wimbledon.

Radwanska, who reached the final in 2012, has never lost a first-round match on the Wimbledon grass and she kept up that record, sealing victory on her third match point on a second serve.   Continued...

Britain Tennis - Wimbledon - All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, Wimbledon, England - 29/6/16 Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska in action against Ukraine's Kateryna Kozlova REUTERS/Tony O'Brien