(6) Agnieszka Radwanska vs (8) Caroline Wozniacki
Both Agnieszka Radwanska and Caroline Wozniacki head into their Thursday afternoon encounter on the back of impressive upset victories in their opening matches in Singapore. The stakes are high, as the winner of this match is assured a place in the semi-finals at the inaugural BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SCglobal.
Agnieszka Radwanska arrived in Singapore deprived of confidence after extremely disappointing results during the Asian Swing. However despite her recent poor form, Aga produced a stunning display of her trademark magic to frustrate an error prone Petra Kvitova. Aga was at her counterpunching best during the 6-2 6-3 victory, hitting just 9 unforced errors whilst also coming up with some stunning winners to kick-start her Singapore campaign with a bang.
Caroline Wozniacki also began her Singapore campaign with an impressive upset victory. Wozniacki proved too solid for an erratic Maria Sharapova for the second straight occasion, defeating the number 2 seed 7-6 6-7 6-2 in a marathon three hour match. This match was certainly not the highest quality match of the season, with Sharapova hitting a whopping 76 unforced errors including 15 double faults compared to 43 winners. Wozniacki also hit far more unforced errors than winners, hitting just 14 winners and 35 unforced errors.
However it was enough for the Dane to get the job done. Wozniacki’s superior fitness certainly gave her the edge towards the end of the third set, just as it did in their previous meeting in New York. Wozniacki will certainly not be able to rely on as many free points on Thursday when she comes up against Agnieszka Radwanska.
Caroline Wozniacki has a 6-4 head to head record over Aga Radwanska, however the Pole has won three of their four most recent encounters. The two last met in Cincinnati earlier this year, where Wozniacki prevailed in two tight sets 6-4 7-6. In fairness to Aga, she was probably quite fatigued heading into the quarter-final match having won the Rogers Cup and then not having much time to prepare for Cincinnati.
I really disagree with Wozniacki being considered the favourite heading into this match. I believe Radwanska has the edge in this match up, she does most things a little better than Wozniacki and on her day she should be too good for the Dane. Radwanska has more variety and is more capable of stepping inside the baseline and being the aggressor. I believe Aga will prevail in straight sets.
Prediction: Aga Radwanska to defeat Caroline Wozniacki in 2 sets