Agnieszka Radwanska vs Catherine Bellis, Dubai R3 Preview

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2012 Dubai Duty Free Champion Agnieszka Radwanska will continue her 2017 Dubai campaign on Wednesday evening when she comes up against young American Catherine Bellis at the third round stage. Radwanska is a clear favourite heading into this match, arguably the biggest challenge for Bellis in her young career. Radwanska hasn’t made an ideal start to 2017, a deep run in Dubai and challenging for the title would be highly beneficial as the Pole looks to climb back into the top 5.

Radwanska’s disappointing second round exit at the Australian Open saw her fall out of the top 5 in the rankings for the first time since late 2015. The Pole will be looking to make a quick recovery but stumbled in her first round match against Caroline Wozniacki in Doha last week. Aga received a bye into the second round in Dubai where she claimed a comfortable 6-3 6-2 win over the big-hitting Elise Mertens. If Aga can win this match she is likely to get another shot at Wozniacki next week in Dubai.

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Catherine Bellis has progressed past two fairly tricky opponents to advance to the third round in Dubai. Both matches followed a similar path for Bellis, the American won the first set before falling behind by at least three games in the second set in each match. Impressively, Bellis managed to recover the deficit in the second set on each occasion to win matches over Yulia Putintseva and Laura Siegemund in straight sets.

This will be a whole new test for Bellis as she has very rarely played an opponent of Radwanska’s level and experience. This is the type of match-up that Radwanska usually thrives on, Bellis is solid and hits well but doesn’t have the power, movement of variety necessary to really trouble the Pole. Aga should win this quite easily.

Prediction: Agnieszka Radwanska to defeat Catherina Bellis in 2 sets

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