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Jon Wertheim discusses Agnieszka Radwanska's win at the WTA Finals, Hall of Fame debates, his top reading list and more in this week's Mailbag. 

By Jon Wertheim
November 04, 2015

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I was very excited for Aga Radwanska and impressed by the level of play she showed in Singapore. I was starting to wonder about her and fear that she just didn’t hit hard enough to compete against the Big Babes. Now I can't help wonder if 2016 will be her year? What do you think?
Johan, Warsaw

Sure, let’s start with the WTA Finals in Singapore, an event that—for a variety of reasons—didn't get the coverage it warranted. We return to this theme below, but it was doomed the moment Serena Williams withdrew. This is not her fault. At this stage of her career, her health has to be paramount along with her scheduling; and no one is blaming her for pinpointing the Slams and declining to fly halfway around the world in month 10 of the season. But when you have one overwhelming star, it has the effect of dimming all event at which she doesn't appear.

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• RIP Mike Davies. The former British No. 1 passed away on Nov. 3 at the age of 79.

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