Agnieszka Radwanska is staying fresh at the Australian Open, winning in 44 minutes on Thursday. But will it help her in the long run?
Sixth seed Agnieszka Radwanska claimed freshness would benefit her in her attempt to win the Australian Open.
The Polish star's quest to become a major champion has so far only spawned one grand slam final - a statistic that looks poor when compared to the seedings she receives for the big-four tournaments.
Radwanska is at her lowest seeding at any major since the 2012 Australian Open, having featured among the top four seeds in 10 of 12 majors from 2012-14.
Despite the protection, Radwanska has been unable to convert to big -rophy wins - and her claim that some straightforward wins will help her is flawed by the fact it has not in the past.
The only difference being in her corner in 2015 is record major-winning singles and doubles extraordinaire Martina Navratilova.
But Radwanska insisted easy wins would benefit her - although in 2010, she dropped three games in her first two matches before a comprehensive third-round defeat.
Radwanska has tallied just one hour 47 minutes court time at Melbourne Park this week, most recently downing Johanna Larsson 6-0 6-1 on Thursday.
"I think being fresh is one of the most important things, so I'm really happy that I play short and good and I really close that match pretty quickly," Radwanska said.
"Especially that the conditions can be very tough... so I think it's much better than playing and being there for like three hours."
On the early exits to several women's seeds - most notably fifth seed Ana Ivanovic - Radwanska said there was more pressure on the bigger names to perform early on.
And she empathised with her fellow top-10 players given the expectations on their shoulders up against lesser lights.
"I think even the players who are a little bit lower ranked, they also play really good tennis," Radwanska said.
"Especially [since] they go on court and they have nothing to lose. So it's a little bit easier [for them].
"You just play your best tennis and just go for it. And then it's just your day and looks like 50-50 match.
"That's why we have a little bit more pressure and can be a little bit different.
"Of course, then you can see really long and tough matches from the first rounds."