Cincinnati R1: (13) Agnieszka Radwanska vs (Q) Anna Schmiedlova
Agnieszka Radwanska will kick-start her 2015 Western & Southern Open campaign with a first round clash against qualifier: Anna Schmiedlova. The Pole has made a solid start to her U.S Open series campaign and will be keen to continue to build momentum ahead of the final Grand Slam of the year in New York. The Pole is certainly one to look out for this week, seemingly perfectly poised for a deep run.
After a disappointing start to the year, a rejuvenated Radwanska got her season back on track during the grass court season. The Pole seems to have picked up where she left off, playing some solid tennis in Stanford and Toronto. Aga’s results haven’t been outstanding in the last couple of weeks, but there have been some promising signs for the Pole.
Radwanska suffered quarter-final losses in Stanford and Toronto, beaten by Angelique Kerber in Stanford and Simona Halep in Toronto. Aga won the first set in each of those matches, playing some of her best tennis. However Aga was unable to sustain a high level for long enough in each match and was ultimately outlasted by Kerber and Halep. Aga’s physical weaknesses remain her greatest problem moving forward.
Anna Schmiedlova’s recent form has been solid, however most of her victories in the last couple of months have been at international events and mostly on clay courts. Schmiedlova advanced through to the main draw in Cincinnati through qualifiers, picking up two solid victories over Taylor Townsend and Olga Govortsova.
In the only previous encounter between Aga and Anna, the Pole picked up a hard-fought 6-4 7-5 victory in Miami earlier this year. Schmiedlova is a crafty opponent from the baseline, however Aga more consistent and has more strings to her bow. The quicker conditions in Cincinnati should heavily favour the Pole.