18 Oct 2012

Lure of game time brings Radwanska to ASB Clsssic

9:46 am on 18 October 2012

The ASB Classic tennis tournament will play host to the equal highest ranked woman to ever play in Auckland with world number four Agnieszka Radwanska confirmed for the January event.

Poland's Radwanska reached a career high ranking of world number two this year and won three tournaments as well as finishing runner-up to Serena Williams at Wimbledon.

Radwanska is the highest-ranked player to play the tournament since Elena Dementieva in 2009. The Russian won that year and the expectations will be high on Radwanksa to do the same as the favourite.

The tournament director Karl Budge says while the ASB Classic can't compete with some of the big money events in Australia, the Auckland tournament appeals to the players in other ways.

He says while there's a million dollar prize cheque on the line at the Brisbane International, with such a strong draw the players run the risk of being knocked out of the event in the early rounds.

Budge says the better players in Auckland will get more tennis under their belts, which helps them arrive better prepared for the year's first major the Australian Open in Melbourne.