(3) Petra Kvitova vs (6) Agnieszka Radwanska
Tuesday evening’s second match sees an inform Petra Kvitova take on Agnieszka Radwanska who heads into Singapore on the back of some of her worst results in years. These two have completely contrasting game styles, the indoor courts in Singapore should suit Petra however Aga also enjoys playing indoors.
Aga arrives in Singapore on the back of one her most disappointing losses of the season. Radwanska was knocked out of the Beijing Open in the second round; courtesy of a straight sets loss to Roberta Vinci. Aga usually plays some of her best tennis during the Asian swing, but this year her results couldn't have been much worse.
Aga failed to defend her title in Seoul where she was defeated in the quarter-finals by Lepchenko, making it two straight losses to Varvara Lepchenko. Aga then suffered a heartbreaking first round exit in Wuhan, going down to Caroline Garcia 6-3 6-7 6-7. Despite this poor form, there is reason to be optimistic about how Aga will play in Singapore.
The Pole has had a couple of weeks off and has no known injury concerns; she should be fresh and ready to compete at a high level on a surface that should suit her.
Petra’s results during the Asian swing where in complete contrast to Aga’s results. Petra dropped just one set on route to claiming the inaugural Wuhan Open title before reaching the final at the Beijing Open where she just fell short to Maria Sharapova in an entertaining three set final. However we have seen time after time in Petra's career that she often struggles to consistently perform well at three to four tournaments in a row. It wouldn't at all surprise me to see Petra struggle this week, however she will take a lot of confidence into this match on the back of a dominant head to head record over Aga.
Petra Kvitova has a commanding 5-1 head to head record over Aga; this will be the first meeting between the pair in season 2014. This will be the fourth straight year that these two have met in the group stage of the Season ending championships. Petra won their last meeting at the 2013 WTA Finals in Istanbul, a 6-4 6-4 victory over a fatigued Agnieszka Radwanska. Aga’s lone victory over Petra came in 2012 in Istanbul a 6-3 6-2 victory; Aga played some fantastic matches in that tournament and will be looking for similar results in Singapore.
If Petra is on, she simply has too much firepower for Aga to handle. However Aga certainly has the capabilities to make things awkward for Petra, this should be closer than many people think it will be. I’m going to stick with be initial predictions and pick Aga to win in three topsy-turvy sets, she is too good not to rebound with a solid week in Singapore.
Prediction: Agnieszka Radwanska to defeat Petra Kvitova in 3 sets