By Neil-Monticelli Harley-Rudd
The Polish ace, the Eastbourne champion four years ago, had been hanging on to the tennis top tails of the leading stars until this season.
Now she is a force to be reckoned with.
Radwanska will return to the AEGON International as top seed in a highly competitive draw that features a number of former world no1 players.
But Radwanska, yet to claim a Grand Slam title, could edge nearer that coveted world no1 slot – her ambition – when the grass season begins.
The Pole dances and glides on grass during the grass court season, her classic game perfectly suited to the fast surface.
And this year Radwanska competes in back-to-back events at Eastbourne, Wimbledon and the Olympic Games following an enduring clay court season.
With neither Victoria Azarenka nor Maria Sharapova set to play at Devonshire Park, Radwanska will be eager to collect more WTA Tour points and claim the Eastbourne crown ahead of the two big tests at SW19.
But first she faces the 2012 French Open, where six years ago in Paris she was the Junior champion: “Clay is not really my favourite surface, but I’ve had some good results on it.
“I hope I can do better than last year when I reached the 4th Round at Roland Garros.
“I am trying my best and I am just happy that this year I have been able to play a couple of good matches on clay.
“But at Paris whether it suits me or not depends on who is standing on the other side of the net.”
Asked whether she preferred to win a Grand Slam or the Olympic Tennis gold medal, Radwanska said: “You cannot compare, they are two separate things – it is like winning a Grand Slam or being world no1.”