19:19 23 September 2013
Tennis: Radwanska up for 2020, provided she can emulate Japan's Date-Krumm
By Jim Allen
TOKYO, Sept. 23, Kyodo
Agnieszka Radwanska, the fourth-ranked women's player in the world, said Monday she would love to be back in Tokyo for the 2020 Olympic Games, provided she is able to stay competitive the way Japan's Kimiko Date-Krumm has at the age of 42.
Radwanska, the No. 2 seed at this week's Toray Pan Pacific Open in Ariake, arrived in Tokyo Sunday night immediately after winning the Seoul Open for her third title of the year. The Pole, who won here in 2011 and 2012, had high hopes for the Tokyo Games.
"The question is if I will play. Hopefully, if I can stay fit like Date-Krumm, for example," the 24-year-old Radwanska said. "I wish to be that fit at that age. So, hopefully I will see you in 2020."
"I think this (2020 Olympics) is great. Here, there are always great organized tournaments, and I think it's exciting because you really see the people loving tennis and every sport."
Date-Krumm, however, said she had no chance of participating in the Tokyo Games as a player.
"I'll be 50 years old then. Regardless of how I think about it, it's impossible, not even a 1 percent chance," she said. "I'm not (Martina) Navratilova."
"But in some way, I want to play a part. When I returned to competition, one thing I wanted was to build up the game here, to see more players in the top 100. Now the youngsters, Kurumi (Nara), (Misaki) Doi, Ayumi (Morita), they'll be veterans who will be there, or we may have some fantastic players coming up in the next generation (who will be there)."
"This isn't just any Olympics. These are going to be in our home country and will be a tremendous motivation."