Getting through her Wimbledon semifinal was easier for Agnieszka Radwanska than getting through the post-match news conference.
Radwanska reached her first Grand Slam final by outplaying Angelique Kerber 6-3, 6-4 at the All England Club then succumbed to a coughing fit on the podium in the interview room that forced her to cut short the line of questioning from reporters.
Before that, though, her tennis had done all the talking she needed. Radwanska used her consistent groundstrokes to wear down Kerber in the long rallies, finishing with only six unforced errors.
She became the first Polish Grand Slam finalist since 1939, and can take over the No. 1 ranking by beating Serena Williams in the final.
Radwanska says "this tournament is already one of the big parts of tennis history in Poland. I'm happy to be part of that."