Tokyo R2: (7) Agnieszka Radwanska vs Elina Svitolina
Perhaps the most intriguing of the all the second round clashes at the 2015 Toray Pan Pacific Open Tokyo sees Agnieszka Radwanska come up against Elina Svitolina. This is an extremely tough second round match-up, both ladies are currently inside the world’s top 20 and enter this match in pretty shape. This is critical match in terms of the road to Singapore, neither lady can afford an early round exit this week if they want to qualify for the season finale.
After yet another mediocre performance at the U.S Open, Agnieszka Radwanska now finds herself really battling for one of the final positions in Singapore. The Pole has reached the WTA Finals in the previous four years. Radwanska made a positive start to her Asian campaign, recording a comprehensive 6-3 6-3 victory over CoCo Vandeweghe In the first round. It was a typically clean performance by the Pole who absorbed everything the powerful American threw up her, in the end Aga’s consistency was too much for CoCo to overcome. The 2011 Tokyo champion will be aiming to claim her second title at the event this week, Aga has never won the same title twice.
Elina Svitolina also had a mediocre showing in New York, succumbing in the third round with a loss to Ekaterina Makarova. The Ukrainian is an outside chance to reach her first ever WTA Finals campaign, the Ukrainian is currently ranked 17th in the race to Singapore. Elina will need to perform exceptionally well over the next couple of weeks and she made the perfect start to her Tokyo campaign on Monday. Elina thumped compatriot Olga Savchuk 6-2 6-0 in a commanding performance to set up a second round clash with Radwanska.
In the only previous meeting between the pair, Radwanska recorded an extremely hard-fought 7-6 5-7 6-2 victory in Miami last year. This is fascinating match-up because these two are two of the best movers on tour, both give absolutely nothing away. An extremely physical match is to be expected, the winner of this match will be whoever steps up their game and is a little more aggressive than usual. I think Radwanska has the edge just because she has much more variety and is a bit more comfortable with coming forward to the net. Svitolina cannot rely on her usual scrambling game to get past Radwanska.