July 7 (Bloomberg) -- Agnieszka Radwanska said she was suffering from a respiratory illness, one day ahead of her first Wimbledon tennis final.
Radwanska, the third seed from Poland, is scheduled to play four-time champion Serena Williams for the women’s title today. The illness forced Radwanksa to cancel a press conference yesterday, after her media session from the semifinal match was cut short because of a coughing fit.
“Unfortunately, I have picked up an upper respiratory illness, which is affecting my nose and throat,” the 23-year-old said in an e-mailed statement. “I have been playing a lot of matches here in the rain and wind and haven’t been well for a few days.”
Radwanska beat Germany’s Angelique Kerber 6-3, 6-4 two days ago to become the first Polish woman to reach a Grand Slam final in 73 years. She withdrew from the doubles competition because of the illness.
“The priority is my singles match tomorrow, so I will do whatever it takes to make sure I’m ready to play the best I can,” Radwanska said yesterday. “Of course, it is always a good sign to be playing singles and doubles in the second week of a Grand Slam, but I wasn’t able to continue in both events.”
Radwanska has lost both times she’s played Williams, a 30-year-old American whose 13 major singles titles are the most of any active woman player.
“I think it’s going to be another challenge, especially here on grass,” Radwanska said. “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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