(3) Agnieszka Radwanska vs Sabine Lisicki
One of the matches of the day sees Sabine Lisicki take on Agnieszka Radwanska for the first time since their epic semi-final match at Wimbledon last year. Lisicki edged past Radwanska 9-7 in the third set to reach her first Grand Slam final, the match ended in controversy when Radwanska offered a cold handshake before storming off Centre Court. This certainly adds a little spice to this clash; Radwanska will be desperate to avenge that heartbreaking Wimbledon loss.
Aga rebounded from a shocking first up loss in Stanford to Varvara Lepchenko with a straight set victory over Barbora Zahlavova-Strycova on Tuesday afternoon. Radwanska came from behind in each set, showing fighting spirit that has been lacking in the past couple of months. Sabine has had two impressive victories already in Montreal. In the opening round she smashed her way past Sara Errani in straights sets before coming from a set down to defeat Madison Keys in the second round. Sabine has a positive record against Aga and will be confident heading into Thursday’s 3rd round encounter.
Sabine Lisicki has a 2-1 career record against the world number 5; the complete contrast in styles between the two makes this an enthralling matchup. If Sabine is close to her best, Aga will find it difficult to combat the extreme power the German possesses. At the moment, Aga isn’t playing anywhere near her best whilst Sabine seems to be finding some solid form.
Prediction: Sabine Lisicki to defeat Agnieszka Radwanska in three sets