(4) Agnieszka Radwanska vs Kurumi Nara
After claiming her first title of the season last week in Montreal, Agnieszka Radwanska will begin her Western and Southern Open campaign on Wednesday against Japanese number 1 Kurumi Nara.
Disappointing results in lead up to the Rogers Cup in Montreal meant Aga was on the verge of dropping out of the top 5 in the WTA rankings for the first time in well over two years. The Pole bounced back in style, defeating Sabine Lisicki, Victoria Azarenka, Ekaterina Makarova and finally Venus Williams on route to her first title of the season. Aga will be desperate to continue her good form in Cincinnati leading into the U.S Open where she has struggled in the past. The U.S Open is Aga's least successful Grand Slam. The U.S Open is the only Grand Slam that Aga is yet to reach the quarter-finals.
Kurumi Nara continues to rise up the rankings; the Japanese number 1 is on the verge on cracking into the top 30 for the first time. Nara came to close to winning the biggest title of her career two weeks ago in Washington D.C, losing an extremely close three set final to Svetlana Kuznetsova. Nara cruised through her opening round match in Cincinnati, defeating Romina Oprandi 6-0 6-2.
Like Radwanska, Nara is a great mover and is very solid off both wings, however I don't think she will be able to consistently hit past Radwanska. Aga should be able to step in and look to be more aggressive in this match. Aga served exceptionally well in Montréal last week, if she can serve well again on Wednesday she will certainly win this match in straight sets.
Prediction: (4) Agnieszka Radwanska to defeat Kurumi Nara in straight sets