New Haven R2: (7) (wc) Agnieszka Radwanska vs Alize Cornet
Agnieszka Radwanska and Alize Cornet always seem to land in the same section of the draw! The two will go head to head for the fifth time in the last year and a half when they meet in the second round of the Connecticut Open on Wednesday. Both ladies have had some disappointing results over the last couple of weeks and will therefore be desperate to pick up a few more victories in New Haven before heading off to New York for the Grand Slam of the year.
Agnieszka Radwanska made a very positive start to her Connecticut Open campaign on Monday, putting a shock first up loss to Anna Schmiedlova in Cincinnati last week behind her. The Pole breezed through the first round, picking up a comfortable 6-0 6-2 victory over CoCo Vandeweghe. Radwanska did extremely well to win so easily against a potentially dangerous opponent on paper. Aga was at her consistent best, frustrating Vandeweghe into error after error. Radwanska was in control from to finish, a mature performance.
Alize Cornet’s recent form has generally been quite disappointing. Cornet suffered early round exits in Washington and Cincinnati but did pick up solid victories over Carla Suarez Navarro and Dominika Cibulkova in Toronto on route to the third round (before being defeated by Radwanska). Alize advanced to the second round in Connecticut with a 2-6 6-0 6-2 victory over Yulia Putintseva on Monday, a good win considering Putintseva was full of momentum after flying through the qualifying draw.
Radwanska holds a 5-1 head to head record over Alize, however Aga never finds it easy against Cornet. The two have met on three occasions this year, Cornet won a gruelling three set encounter at the Hopman at the start of the year. Radwanska avenged that loss with a relatively straightforward win in Sydney and won their most recent encounter just a couple of weeks ago in Toronto, a 6-2 4-6 6-4 victory.
This should be another really close match between Aga and Alize, both will desperate to win this one in order to gain some much needed confidence ahead of the U.S Open. This could go either way but I have to give Aga the slight edge because of the head to head record and because she is generally more consistent and reliable throughout matches.