(4) Agnieszka Radwanska vs Peng Shuai
Agnieszka Radwanska made a positive start to her US Open campaign on Monday, thrashing Sharon Fichman 6-1 6-0 in just 47 minutes. The Pole will be looking to finally reach the quarter-final stage at Flushing Meadows; the only Grand Slam the pole is yet to reach the final 8. The number 4 seed was as efficient as ever in her first round win over Fichman, hitting 23 winners to just 6 unforced errors.
Peng Shuai reached the second round with a 6-3 6-3 victory over compatriot Zheng Jie. Like Aga, Peng played a very clean match, hitting 17 winners to just 8 unforced errors. The current world number 1 in doubles is no slouch and will provide a tough test for Aga on Wednesday afternoon.
Peng Shuai will take confidence into this match, knowing that she defeated Aga at this very event at this very stage of the 2010 US Open. Aga still leads their head-to-head 3-1, including their most recent encounter in the fourth round of the 2011 Australian Open where Aga came out on top 7-5 3-6 7-5. Peng’s singles results have deteriorated since their last meeting, I suspect Aga will get the job done much more comfortably on this occasion. The fast surfaces of Flushing Meadows should suit Aga’s game as she looks to have her first real deep run in New York.
Prediction: Aga Radwanska to defeat Peng Shuai in straight sets