INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- Agnieszka Radwanska is back in the Hot Shot spotlight thanks to a pickup volley winner she hit against Jelena Jankovic in the quarterfinals of the BNP Paribas Open on Wednesday.
The No. 3 seed had to rely on her creative instincts to defend a heavy forehand passing shot that dipped quickly and landed at her feet. She somehow managed to get under the ball and still have the touch to feather it back at an extreme angle for the winner to save a break point at 2-4 in the second set.
Watch the point below:
What I love about this shot is the technique. Radwanska gets low, stays low and lets her momentum carry her through the shot and eventually off the court. Most players would have stopped and popped their bodies straight up after making contact to absorb the pace, which would result in a popped-up volley that their opponent could track down easily. But not Radwanska. She keeps her head low and doesn't even bother looking back at her shot until she's taken two full steps. Her nonchalant reaction makes it even better.
Radwanska went on to win 7-5, 2-6, 6-4. She plays Simona Halep in the semifinals on Friday night.
In case you missed it, here was Radwanska's Hot Shots of 2013 (via the WTA Tour):