Radwanska to play Wimbledon final despite illness

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Agnieszka RadwanskaAgnieszka Radwanska will play in the women's final at Wimbledon despite suffering from a respiratory illness. The Pole (5/1 to win the match) is due to face Serena Williams in today’s singles final, but pulled out of her pre-match news conference. She had already withdrawn from the women's doubles on Wednesday and cut short her post-match interviews after her semi-final because of a severe cough.

The World No.3 who is in her first Grand Slam final said "I will do whatever it takes to make sure I'm ready to play the best I can. Unfortunately I have picked up an upper respiratory illness, which is affecting my nose and throat. I have been playing a lot of matches here in the rain and cold wind, and I haven't been well for a few days. The most important thing is that I'm feeling good on the court and playing some good tennis, despite not being able to talk much away from the court."

The 2005 junior Wimbledon champion is the first Polish Grand Slam finalist for 73 years. Radwanska, who beat Angelique Kerber 6-3 6-4 in the semi-finals, will become the new world number one if she beats Serena Williams (1/7 to win the match) and wins the title.

She added “Regarding the match against Serena, we have played a couple of times a long time ago. I think it is going to be another challenge, especially here on grass. She's playing amazing tennis at the moment. I don't really have much to lose, so I'm going to try my best and we'll see.”

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