Agnieszka Radwanska vs Carla Suarez Navarro, Doha SF Preview

Doha SF #1: (3) Agnieszka Radwanska vs (8) Carla Suarez Navarro

Agnieszka Radwanska looks like the clear favourite to claim her first Qatar Total Open title heading into the semi-final stage of the event on Friday. The Pole will face Carla Suarez Navarro for a spot in the final, an opponent Aga has a good record against and recently defeated quite comfortably at the quarter-final stage of the Australian Open last month. Both ladies will be aiming to reach the final at the Qatar Total Open for the very first time with a win on Friday. 

Aga Radwanska has clearly been the most consistent player on the WTA tour since the U.S Open last year, Aga has won 16 of her last 17 matches and 30 of her last 35 matches including 3 titles. Aga’s level of tennis has gradually improved this week in Doha. The world number 3 started the week with scrappy straight set wins over Kateryna Bondarenko and Monica Niculescu before producing a very high quality performance to defeat Roberta Vinci 3-6 6-2 6-3. Radwanska finished the match with some impressive statistics, hitting 40 winners to just 27 unforced errors and maintaining a very high first serve percentage of 78%. Aga has now reached the semi-final stage in Doha on 5 occasions but is yet to reach a final, the Pole will be confident she can change that record on Friday.

 

Carla Suarez Navarro is also playing some good tennis this week in Doha. The Spaniard has not dropped a set this week, recording straight set wins over Donna Vekic, Timea Bacsinszky and Elena Vesnina. Suarez Navarro has been typically consistent during the first couple of months of the year but has also typically struggled in big matches, Carla will be looking at her semi-final clash with Radwanska as a big opportunity to reverse that unwanted trend and reach her first final of the season. 

Radwanska holds a 3-1 head-to-head record over Carla. The pair met last month at the quarter-final stage of the Australian Open and it was Radwanska that won quite comfortably 6-1 6-3. I expect this match to be much closer but I expect the same result. This is a good match-up for Aga who does most things better than Carla. Aga seems to be peaking at the right stage of the tournament and really enjoys the court conditions in Doha. The title is Aga’s to lose from here, she shouldn’t slip up.

Prediction: Aga Radwanska to defeat Carla Suarez Navarro in 2 sets


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0 responses to “Agnieszka Radwanska vs Carla Suarez Navarro, Doha SF Preview”

  1. Aga had a tough one today. She’s so amazing and talented that I feel I can say that after beating Vinci, this was her tournament to lose. I can’t believe she was blown out by Carla today. Her last few matches finally took their toll, and she just ran out of magician’s tricks.

  2. ‘She’s so amazing and talented that I feel I can say that after beating Vinci, this was her tournament to lose.’
    Not the best statement…how that sounds…

    Radwanska probably just had a poor day and Suarez Navarro a good one.

    • I Could have worded it better but I stand by what I said. I think aga was the best this tournament and she should have won.

    • Yes, she was favorite to win this tournament from now on because she played well until SF.
      But CRAZY, CRAZY WTA at the moment! 😮

        • It was a shocking scoreline. Aga seemed a step slow, she also didn’t look at though she was interested in fighting. She seemed to concede the match to CSN. The commentators commented that she wouldn’t even look at her box, who were trying to get her attention. Something had to be wrong. I hate to even say it – but this is women’s tennis. Perhaps she was having her cycle or some kind of ladies problem. For her the match is better forgotten – one of those bad days…

          • Yeah unfortunately I agree, she didn’t want to give her all to get back into match… for whatever reason, I’m not sure.. maybe she physically couldn’t, we will not know

    • It was a strange loss, Yes Carla played well but Aga played poorly and let Carla play well and also made her look very good.

      • She did not play her usual games and she let Suarez came to the net to smash her. I have no words. I hope she did not fix the match with her coach or boyfriend.

        • Of course she did not. She has more than enough money, that makes no sense. I agree that she played very poorly and pretty much allowed Carla to do whatever she liked.

  3. Despite final pairing a prediction?
    I would say Suarez Navarro in 2 sets. She was very good against Radwanska. Ostapenko had some luck because after 1:5, Petkovic got hampered more and more.
    It’ s Carla’s time to shine, I think. 🙂

    • The problems with Carla is that she is usually very poor when the spotlight/pressure is on her, coupled with the fact that Ostapenko is powerful and has proven her ability to smack Suarez off the court (Wimbledon last year). Radwanska allowed Suarez to dictate but the final will be completely different, Ostapenko will decide who wins the match.. I believe the Latvian will win this one but who knows really

      • Carla really has to win this tournament. Yes, it is pressure now, but she should show us why she is No.6 on monday.
        Ostapenko doesn’t have the experience. Against Petkovic, she was the agressor, too, but I think, she struggled yesterday until Petkovic’s injury.
        She will struggle against smart players in her first tour years.

        • Yes but she already beat Carla (easily) and there is no pressure on Ostapenko, all of the pressure is on CSN. The result will probably be decided by who handles the occasion better.

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