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Tuesday, 4 July 2017 16:27 PM BST
Entertainer Radwanska covers all the angles
No.9 seed too powerful for former world No.1 Jankovic as she cruises to 7-6(3), 6-0 success READ MORE

If modern tennis can sometimes seem like a Roy Lichentstein painting - Whaam! Pop! Kapow! - it's fun to see there is still space at this garden party for a grass court 'ninja'.

Which is not to say that Agnieszka Radwanska is about to jump out of the hydrangeas at you, just that the former finalist plays tennis with a level of imagination, creativity, verve and adventure that you won't see anywhere else this fortnight.

Radwanska, who opened her Championships with a curious 7-6(3), 6-0 victory against Jelena Jankovic, might just be the most accomplished grass court player of her generation yet to have won Wimbledon. But she's much more than that - back in her Wimbledon whites, she was once again shaking the kaleidoscope and confirming her position as the most colourful and entertaining player on these lawns. For that, she should be celebrated.

Serena Williams wouldn't have won as many as 23 Grand Slam titles, including seven Wimbledons, if she didn't have such power in her arm. Jelena Ostapenko took her first major at Roland Garros last month by flaying every ball that came near her. But that doesn't mean that Radwanska, a former world No.2, also has to play that way.

The Pole is gloriously different, and recall how her alternative approach took her to within a set of winning the 2012 Championships (she lost a three-setter to Williams), and how on a couple of other occasions she made the last four here. While there are other former finalists on the draw-sheet - including Eugenie Bouchard and Garbine Muguruza - they don't have the same portfolio of results as Radwanska.

There's also not another player on the women's game who so often makes the 'Play of the Day'. Naturally, there were some delightful moments during Radwanska's win over Jankovic, a former world No.1, which would be worth seeing again, including one delicious, angled winner. If Radwanska hadn't become a tennis player, she should have been a geometry teacher.

Radwanska's shot making - the dinks, the lobs, the spins - wasn't the only reason that this match was unconventional. There was also how it played out. From serving for the opening set at 6-5 - having earlier botched an opportunity at 5-4 - Jankovic didn't win another game. Radwanska took the first set in a tie-break and then accelerated through the second set, which lasted just 20 minutes.

"That match cost me a lot of energy - it felt like I just played five sets," said Radwanska, who hasn't been at her physical best of late, including missing a chunk of the clay court season with a foot injury. But even when she is not in prime condition, entertainment is almost guaranteed from Radwanska, who next plays Christina McHale of the United States.

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