| PATTAYA, Thailand
PATTAYA, Thailand Feb 11 Agnieszka Radwanska
should relish her giant-killing status while it lasts -- on
current form the Polish teenager will not be an underdog for
The feisty 18-year-old has earned a reputation for shocking
the world's top players after dismissing Svetlana Kuznetsova
and Maria Sharapova in her last two grand slams.
"I have nothing to lose, I just see another player in front
of me," she told Reuters in an interview.
"I like to play top players. I'm never scared, I'm not
nervous. I'm on centre court, someone famous is against me --
they have to win the match, not me."
Radwanska has produced her best tennis on the big stage,
winning the junior Wimbledon title in 2005 during her first
season on the WTA tour and winning the Stockholm Open last
However, it was her win over defending champion Sharapova
at last year's U.S. Open that thrust her into the spotlight.
Radwanska's shock defeat of number two seed Kuznetsova in
Melbourne last month proved it was no fluke.
She conceded that the victories had raised expectations in
Poland, which had embraced the sport thanks to her grand slam
"There's pressure because there are not so many Polish
players," said Radwanska, who was the first player from her
country to win a tour title, break into the top 30 and reach
the last eight of a grand slam.
"I'm famous there. More people are playing, clubs are full,
kids are interested. It's a big sport now for everyone and it
has a lot to do with me, which is good."
With her father as coach, sister Urszula as playing partner
and mother her biggest travelling fan, Radwanska does not get
homesick and said life on the tour was not so bad.
"People think a life of hotels, restaurants, new countries
is crazy," said Radwanska, who keeps two rats -- named Flippy
and Floppy -- as household pets.
"For us this is all normal, it has to be. It's my job, it's
how I make money. It used to be all fun and passion but it's
Radwanska captured her second career title on Sunday in
Pattaya after reaching the final with relative ease, defeating
American Jill Craybas in a thrilling encounter.
Ranked 21st in the world, she hopes to maintain her rapid
progress and earn a place in the top 20.
"In women's tennis, there's not much difference between the
top five and the top 20," she said.
"I wouldn't have imagined this to happen. It was
unexpected, it all happened so fast.
"Of course, I want to be a top 10 player, win a grand slam.
I think about it and like all players, I want to be number
(Editing by Peter Rutherford)