Agnieszka Radwanska vs Lucie Hradecka, Wimbledon R1 Preview

(13) Agnieszka Radwanska vs Lucie Hradecka

After a hugely disappointing start to 2015, Aga arrives at Wimbledon with confidence after a strong showing at Eastbourne. Radwanska suffered a humiliating first round exit and Roland Garros and saw her ranking slipped outside the top 10 for the first time since 2011. The Pole has recovered well in the lead up to Wimbledon, reaching the semifinals in Nottingham and the final at Eastbourne.

Aga claimed three impressive victories in Eastbourne, defeating Karolina Pliskova, Tsvetana Pironkova and Sloane Stephens. Aga’s victory over Tsvetana Pironkova was particularly encouraging, Aga looked close to her best in a vintage performance, showing that she can still be very dangerous on grass. It was however a disappointing ending to the tournament, Aga capitulating to a 4-6 6-4 0-6 loss to Belinda Bencic in the final.

 

Wimbledon has been Aga’s most successful Grand Slam, Aga became the first Pole in the open era to reach a Grand Slam final in 2012 where she was defeated by Serena Williams in 3 sets. However it was in 2013 that Aga saw her biggest opportunity to win a Grand Slam slip through her fingers. Aga lost an epic three set battle to Sabine Lisicki in the semifinals, Marion Bartoli went on to win the title.

Lucie Hradecka has never made it past the first round at Wimbledon, suffering 5 first round exits in her career. This is surprising given Lucie possess a massive serve and punishing groundstrokes. Lucie’s lead up to Wimbledon hasn’t been great, suffering early round exits in Nottingham and Birmingham.

 

This will be the first meeting between these two in almost in 10 years. Interestingly, Aga has never defeated Lucie. Hradecka holds a 3-0 head to head record, however these results are quite irrelevant.

Radwanska will be desperate for another deep run at Wimbledon this year, to prove to herself that she still has what it takes to compete with the very best. The Pole must be questioning herself given her horrible results this year.

Aga should be far too classy for Lucie, a comfortable straight set victory is likely.

Prediction: Aga Radwanska to defeat Lucie Hradecka in 2 sets

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