Retiring tennis star Agnieszka Radwańska honoured by president

President Andrzej Duda (L), Agnieszka Radwańska (C) and Minister Witold Bańka (R). Leszek Szymański/PAP

Agnieszka Radwańska, one of Poland’s most successful tennis players of all time and one of the leading lights of the international women’s game over the last decade, has been honoured by President Andrzej Duda.

Radwańska, who recently announced she was ending her tennis career for health reasons, a former world No. 2 in the rankings, reached the final of Wimbledon in 2012 and won 20 WTA tournaments.

"You have won a place in the history of Polish and world tennis,” said the president as he presented the 29-year-old star with a Polonia Restituta Commander's Cross for her sporting achievements. 

“You won it not two months ago, when you announced the end of your career as one of the best known and title-winning tennis players, but in 2005, when, still as a young girl, almost a child, you won the Wimbledon juniors' tournament and brought this incredible title home to Poland,” added the president during the ceremony.

Agnieszka Radwańska, one of Poland’s most successful tennis players of all time and one of the leading lights of the international women’s game over the last decade, has been honoured by President Andrzej Duda.Leszek Szymański/PAP

Along with her titles and Wimbledon’s achievements she also reached the semi-finals of the Australian Open in 2014 and 2016 and made the same round at Wimbledon in 2013 and 2015.

Her achievements made the Kraków-born player the best-known Pole on the international tennis circuit and a household name back home.