Agnieszka Radwanska vs Casey Dellacqua, Wimbledon R3 Preview

Wimbledon R3: (13) Agnieszka Radwanska vs Casey Dellacqua

Agnieszka Radwanska has quietly moved through to the third round at SW19. The former finalist seems to have found her way again after a horrendous start to the season.

Aga now has a great chance to reach the second week at the All England club for the eighth time in her career when she takes on Casey Dellacqua on Saturday, an opponent she has totally dominated in the past.

 

Aga Radwanska has strolled past two potentially dangerous opponents to reach the third round in London. The Pole easily accounted for Lucie Hradecka in the opening round, claiming a 6-3 6-2 victory before thumping Ajla Tomljanovic 6-0 6-2 in the second round, avenging her shock loss to the Australian at Roland Garros last year.

Aga really enjoys playing on grass, her results show that she feels comfortable on the surface. Radwanska has played much better tennis over the last couple of weeks, reaching the Eastbourne final and looking good in her first two matches in London. Aga looks more like the solid top 10 player we are used to seeing.

 

Casey Dellacqua has equalled her best career result at Wimbledon, reaching the third round at SW19 for the second time in her career. The Australian has played some solid tennis in her opening two matches, defeating former quarter-finalist Tamira Paszek 6-2 6-2 in the first round before recording a 7-6 6-3 victory over Elina Svitolina on Thursday.

Dellacqua's victory over Svitolina was the Australian’s first top 20 scalp of 2015. Casey blasted 38 winners past the Ukrainian, her aggressive game proving too much for Svitolina to handle. Casey will need another high winners count if she is to capture her first career victory over Agnieszka Radwanska on Saturday.

 

Aga Radwanska holds a perfect 2-0 head to head record over Dellacqua. Both matches have been comfortable straight set victories for the Pole, including a 6-4 6-0 at Wimbledon last year. In their most recent encounter, Radwanska cruised to a 6-2 6-1 victory in Madrid earlier this year.

As the head to head record suggests, Dellacqua really struggles to hit through Radwanska. Aga totally outplayed Dellacqua on the grass at SW19 last year, she will be full of confidence heading into this one. Dellacqua will also enter this match full confidence, despite the head to head record. Casey blasted Svitolina off the court in her previous match, good preparation for a clash with Radwanska.

I think this will be closer than their previous encounters, I wouldn’t be too surprised to see Dellacqua win a set, however Radwanska will ultimately be too good for the Australian.

Prediction: Aga Radwanska to defeat Casey Dellacqua in 3 sets

Elina Svitolina vs Casey Dellacqua, Wimbledon R2 Preview

(17) Elina Svitolina vs Casey Dellacqua

Elina Svitolina and Casey Dellacqua will go head to head for the first time on Thursday where they will be do battle for a spot in the third round at SW19.

Elina Svitolina continues to fly under the radar, climbing to a career high ranking of 17 in the world after reaching her first Grand Slam quarter-final at Roland Garros last month.

Svitolina’s preparation for Wimbledon wasn’t ideal, losing in the first round at Eastbourne to Heather Watson. The Ukrainian looked rusty in her opening round match on Tuesday, coming from a set down to defeat Misaki Doi 3-6 6-3 6-2 to reach the second round at Wimbledon for the first time. Grass isn’t Elina’s greatest surface, she likes to play from well behind the baseline and doesn’t have the greatest serve.

 

Casey Dellacqua is much more comfortable on the grass. The Australian enjoys the quicker conditions and rolled through her opening round match against former quarter-finalist Tamira Paszek. Dellacqua cruised to a 6-2 6-2 victory.

Casey will be very comfortable with the hotter than usual conditions in London. Casey loves the heat, having grown up in Perth, she will feel very comfortable with the London heat. Dellacqua’s form hasn’t been great in 2015, but she remains a dangerous opponent: especially on grass, and especially in these hot conditions.

 

This will be the first career meeting between Elina and Casey and it promises to be a very close match. There is little to separate these two, especially on a grass court. On any other surface, Elina would be the clear favourite.

Nevertheless, I still think Svitolina will have the edge in this one. The Ukrainian has won so many more matches this year and that counts for a lot. Overall, she’s just a little bit more solid in all the important areas and has a greater desire to win. Elina should find a way to come through this one.

Prediction: Elina Svitolina to defeat Casey Dellacqua in 3 sets

Victoria Azarenka vs Casey Dellacqua, Rome R1 Preview

Rome R1: Victoria Azarenka vs Casey Dellacqua

Victoria Azarenka will begin her 2015 Internazionali BNL D’Italia campaign with a first round matchup against Australian, Casey Dellacqua. Vika continues to improve in 2015, the Belarusian looks to be ready to compete for the biggest titles.

Vika arrives in Rome on the back of a heartbreaking loss to Serena Williams in the third round in Madrid. Vika fought from a set down to serve for the match at 6-5 in the third set. Vika had three match points at 40-0 but failed to convert, serving three double faults in a row to send the match into a tiebreaker. The tiebreak was a formality for Williams as Azarenka lost all confidence.

 

Despite the loss, it was a very promising week for Vika. The Belarusian picked up straight set victories over Venus Williams and Ajla Tomljanovic and can take a lot of confidence from her impressive performance against Serena in the third round. Vika served particularly well in Madrid, she seems to have really worked on that area of the game. This improvement could take Vika to a whole new level.

Casey Dellacqua has made a very disappointing start to the year, picking up just 4 victories whilst succumbing to 4 first round losses. Casey did pick up her best win of the year last week in Madrid, defeating Schiavone in straight sets before succumbing to Aga Radwanska in straight sets. The Australian went on to win the doubles title in Madrid alongside Yaroslava Shvedova, which should give her confidence heading into Rome.

 

Victoria Azarenka has an absolutely dominant head to head record over Dellacqua. Vika has won all 4 of their previous encounter, each in straight sets. Casey has managed to pick up 3 or more games in just 1 of the 8 sets. The last meeting was in Brisbane last year, Azarenka prevailed 6-3 6-1.

This should be another comfortable victory for Azarenka, Dellacqua doesn’t have any weapons to trouble Azarenka and will struggle to compete with the Belarusian.

Prediction: Victoria Azarenka to defeat Casey Dellacqua in 2 sets

Rogers Cup – Day 3- 2nd Round Match Previews/Predictions

(1) Serena Williams vs Samantha Stosur

Defending champion Serena Williams begins her title defence at the Rogers Cup on Wednesday evening where she will take on Samantha Stosur for a spot in the third round. After a disappointing couple of months, Serena returned to the winner’s circle at the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford last week. Serena overcame a slow start to rocket past Angelique Kerber to claim her fourth title of the season. Conversely, Sam Stosur suffered one of the worst loses of her career last week in Stanford. Stosur was stunned by 16-year-old Naomi Osaka in her opening round match, going down in three sets. Stosur has quickly turned things around with a solid win in her opening round match in Stanford, comprehensibly defeating Monica Puig in straight sets.

Stosur is one of very few that have a reasonable head to head record against the current world number 1. Stosur has defeated Serena on three occasions, most famously in the final of 2011 U.S Open. Since then the two have gone in completely different directions, Serena has dominated the tour whilst Sam Stosur has gradually slipped down the rankings. Serena has won the last two meetings between the two, both in straight sets and will be the raging favourite heading into this match. Despite winning the title in Stanford, Serena still seemed quite vulnerable at certain points in all of her matches. If Stosur turns up and puts in a peak performance she certainly has the weapons to trouble the world number 1. However Serena will be wary of the potential banana skin and will certainly be up for the fight.

Prediction: Serena Williams to defeat Samantha Stosur in straight sets

Venus Williams vs (Q) Yulia Putintseva

Yulia Putintseva claimed her first ever top 30 scalp on Monday when she defeated Flavia Pennetta in straight sets. Despite clearly having potential, Yulia has struggled to break back into the top 100. Another win or two at the Rogers Cup will certainly help her in achieving this. On Wednesday the Kazakh comes up against Venus Williams for a spot in the third round. Venus Williams progressed through to the second round with a come from behind victory over Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. Venus came out looking sluggish just like she did in her quarter-final match against Andrea Petkovic last week in Stanford.

Yulia seems to thrive on the big stage. She certainly wont be intimidated by the situation despite this arguably being one of the biggest matches of her career. Yulia is a good returner and a greater mover with the ability to really mix up her shots. Her biggest problem in this match will be her serve. If she gives Venus a look at her second serve too often, she will seriously struggle to hold serve. It feels like a really flat performance is just around the corner for Venus given her recent slow starts. I think Yulia is ready for a breakthrough week in Montreal.

Perdition: Yulia Putintseva to defeat Venus Williams in three sets

(7) Jelena Jankovic vs Sloane Stephens

Jelena Jankovic returns to court for the first time since her opening round loss at Wimbledon. After receiving a bye into the second round, Jelana faces Sloane Stephens for a spot in the third round in Montreal. Sloane Stephens cruised through her opening round match on Monday, comprehensively defeating local hopeful Aleksandra Wozniak 6-3 6-0.

These two match up extremely evenly; the score in their only previous meeting reflects this. Jelena came from a set down to edge past Sloane 3-6 7-5 7-5 in Cincinnati last year. We can expect to see some long, testing rallies between these two but ultimately the winner of this match will be the one who steps up and plays aggressive (without hitting too many errors, of course). I expect Jelena to be a little rusty given this is her first match in over a month. For this reason and I think it will be Sloane Stephens who steps up and takes control of the match.

Prediction: Sloane Stephens to defeat Jelana Jankovic in straight sets

(2) Petra Kvitova vs Casey Dellacqua

In her first match since claiming her second Grand Slam title at Wimbledon, Petra Kvitova faces fellow leftie Casey Dellacqua in the second round at the Rogers Cup in Montreal. The last time the Rogers Cup was played in Montreal, it was Kvitova who claimed the title back in 2012. Inconsistency has been Petra’s biggest problem over the years; she will be desperate to avoid an early exit here after her recent success at Wimbledon. Casey advanced to the second round with an erratic three set victory over Kirsten Flipkens on Tuesday. Dellacqua is having a great season; she will certainly be no pushover on Wednesday night.

Surprisingly, this will be the first career meeting between the two. Petra really should have too much firepower for the Australian. However there is a chance Petra will be slightly rusty in her first match since Wimbledon, Casey could cause Petra some problems. I wouldn't be surprised to see Casey win a set but I cant see her winning the match.

Prediction: (2) Petra Kvitova to defeat Casey Dellacqua in three sets

other Match Predictions:

(9) Ana Ivanovic to defeat Coco Vandeweghe in straight sets

(10) Dominika Cibulkova to defeat Heather Watson in straight sets

(6) Angelique Kerber to defeat Caroline Garcia in three sets

Elena Vesnina to defeat Ekaterina Makarova in three sets

Karolina Pliskova to defeat (14) Carla Suarez Navarro in straight sets

(4) Maria Sharapova to defeat Garbine Muguruza in straight sets

(11) Caroline Wozniacki to defeat Klara Koukalova in three sets

Madison Keys to defeat Sabine Lisicki in three sets

(15) Lucie Safarova to defeat Magdalena Rybarikova in three sets

Radwanska too good for Dellacqua

Agnieszka Radwanska overcame a spirited first set fight back from Casey Dellacqua, producing a stunning second set performance to defeat the Australian 6-4 6-0.

Both ladies served well to begin the match, trading service holds. In the fourth game Radwanska would pounce, a forehand winner down the line saw the Pole capture the first break of the match to lead 3-1. Radwanska seemingly cruising to a first set victory when she broke Dellacqua for a second time to lead 5-1. The Australian would show some late resistance, winning three straight games to bring the opening set back on serve. Radwanska's experience was on display in the next game, raising her level to break and take the opening set 6-4.

After a tight opening set Radwanska would free up her play in the second set, producing a magnificent display of typical Radwanska wizardry. After holding to begin the set, Radwanska would break for a 2-0 lead courtesy of a sublime drop shot. In the fourth game Radwanska would hit two stunning backhand winners in a row to bring up a 4-0 lead, from here there was no stopping the world number 4. At this point Dellacqua began to go for too much, hitting a number of wild errors as Radwanska took the set 6-0. This was a much improved performance from the 2012 finalist, if she keeps playing like she did today there is no reason why she won't once again feature at the pointy end of the tournament.

Wimbledon – Day 3 – 2nd Round Match Previews/Predictions

The majority of the top seeds managed to see their way through the opening round with ease. The biggest casualties in round one were Jelana Jankovic, Sara Errani and Sam Stosur. However it was not at all surprising to see any of these ladies stumble in the opening round. There are a couple of interesting second round matches on Wednesday where top seeds Agnieszka Radwanska and Petra Kvitova come up against potentially dangerous opponents.

(4) Agnieszka Radwansaka vs Casey Dellacqua

World number 4 Agnieszka Radwanska cruised past Romanian qualifier Andreea Mitu 6-2 6-1 in her opening round match but will face a much tougher task in the second round when she comes up against Australian Casey Dellacqua. A resurgent Casey Dellacqua is playing the best tennis of her career at the moment and is on the verge of reaching the top 30 for the first time. Interestingly these two have never come up against each other on tour despite both being seasoned competitors.

Dellacqua certainly has some weapons that can challenge the world number 4 but i doubt she can sustain a high enough level to take a set of the Pole. In the past Radwanska has run out of steam towards the end of big tournaments because she has been unable to win consecutive straight set matches in the her early round matches.Radwanska will be wary of her potentially dangerous opponent and will want to finish this match off as quickly as possible.

Prediction: Agnieszka Radwanska to defeat Casey Dellacqua 6-3 6-2

(8) Victoria Azarenka vs. Bojana Jovanovski

In the first round Victoria Azarenka defeated Lucic-Baroni to win her first match since january after a long injury layoff. The former semi-finalist was no where near her best but her fighting spirit and determination was enough to get her into the second round. Azarenka's opponents in the second round will be Bojana Jovanovski who defeated Johanna Larson in the opening round.

These two have met on one previous occasion, funnily enough it was in the second round at Wimbledon. Azarenka easily won in straight sets. Azarenka will only improve as the tournament progresses as she gets much needed match time under her belt. Jovanovski is a dangerous opponent, however her recent form isn't very impressive. Jovanovski has lost 6 of her last 7 matches. Azarenka should come through in straight sets.

Prediction: Victoria Aazarenka to defeat Bojana Jovanovski 7-5 6-2

Other Match Predictions:

(2) Li Na to defeat Yvonne Meusburger in straight sets

(30) Venus Williams to defeat Kurumi Nara in straight sets

Barbora Zahlavova Strycova to defeat (32) Elena Vesnina in three sets

(22) Ekaterina Makarova to defeat Misaki Doi in straight sets

(23) Lucie Safarova to defeat Polona Hercog in three sets

(6) Petra Kvitova to defeat Mona Barthel in straight sets

Caroline Garcia to defeat Varvara Lepchenko in three sets

Michelle Larcher De Brito to defeat (WC) Jarmila Gajdosova in three sets

Yanina Wickmayer to defeat (Q) Ana Konjuh in straight sets

(16) Caroline Wozniacki to defeat Naomi Broady in straight sets

Lauren Davis to defeat (12) Flavia Pennetta in three sets

(1) Dominika Cibulkova to defeat Alison Van Uytvanack in straight sets

Maria Kirilenko to defeat Shuai Peng in straight sets

Coco Vandeweghe to defeat (Q) Tereza Smitkova in three sets

Roland Garros – Day 5 – 2nd Round Match Predictions

Day 4 featured the shock exit of world number 1 and raging favourite Serena Williams. The defending Champs exit along with Li Na's first round departure have totally opened up the draw. Can Aga finally win a Grand Slam.. on clay?! I hope so! Maria is certainly the new favourite to go all the way followed by Simona and Ivanovic. Day 5 features a number of intriguing matches..

(23) Lucie Safarova vs. Casey Dellacqua

This is going to be an interesting match up between two lefties who in some ways play quite similarly. This is the first time these two ladies have ever played each other which is surprising considering they are both seasoned competitors.

Safaraova's results has been typically erratic this season, she has had some good victories but some terribly disappointing loses. Casey Dellacqua has had a wonderful year, reaching the fourth round at the Australian Open and the quarterfinals at Indian Wells. Neither have done all that well on clay. Safarova notably pushed Sharapova to a third set tiebreak in Stuttgart but that was on a much faster surface.

Safarova has to come into this match as the warm favourite, to me she is in some ways a better version of Dellacqua. If she comes to play she will win this match in straight sets...

Prediction: Lucie Safarova to defeat Casey Dellacqua 6-4 7-5

(24) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs. (Q) Kiki Bertens

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova must win this match. These are the kinds of matches she has frequently dropped in the last few months after a promising start to the season. There is no doubt that Bertens is talented, especially on clay but Pavlyuchenkova is more experienced and at this point in her career is simply better than her opponent.

Pavlyuchenkova wasn't too convincing in her three set victory over Date-Krumm but she has had some very promising wins this season. Most notably defeating Sharapova in Paris on route to the title at the Open GDF Suez. She also had a solid victory over Jankovic a few weeks ago in Madrid. Bertens has had to real notable wins this season.

I think Pavlyuchenkova will step up here and advance to the third round but it won't be easy

Prediction: Pavlyuchenkova to defeat Kiki Bertens 7-5 4-6 6-2

Full match predictions

(4) Simona Halep to defeat (Q) Heather Watson in straight sets

(6) Jelana Jankovic to defeat Kurumi Nara in straight sets

(15) Sloane Stephens to defeat Polona Hercog in straight sets

(11) Ana Ivanovic to defeat Elena Svitolina in straight sets

(5) Petra Kvitova to defeat Marina Erakovic in straight sets

(28) Andrea Petkovic to defeat Stefanie Voegele in three sets

(21) Kirsten Flipkens to defeat Julia Glushko in three sets

Maria-Teressa Torro Flor to defeat Magdalena Rybarikova in straight sets

(10) Sara Errani to defeat Dinah Pfizenmaier in straight sets

(25) Sorana Cirstea to defeat Teliana Pereira in straight sets

Silvia Soler-Espinosa to defeat Yanina Wickmayer in three sets

Alison Riske to defeat Kristina Mladenovic in three sets

Camila Giorgi to defeat (27) Svetlana Kuznetsova in three sets

(22) Ekaterina Makarova to defeat Coco Vandeweghe in straight sets