Agnieszka Radwanska vs Jelena Jankovic, Wimbledon R1 Preview

Wimbledon ???? Day 2, R1 Match Preview:
(9) ?? Agnieszka Radwanska vs ?? Jelena Jankovic

A fascinating opening round clash on Tuesday at SW19 sees Agnieszka Radwanska face Jelena Jankovic, arguably the toughest first round match-up in the entire draw. Agnieszka Radwanska has long threatened to claim an elusive first Grand Slam title at Wimbledon but has fallen just short on a few occasions. The Pole has a few more chances but brings very poor from into this year’s Championships. Jankovic also brings poor form into this event. This looms as a tight battle between two experienced, desperate competitors.

Aga Radwanska has consistently performed well at Wimbledon over the years. Radwanska has competed in the main draw at Wimbledon on 11 occasions and has made it to at least the 4th round on 9 occasions, twice reaching the semi-finals and most notably the final in 2012. However, Radwanska is having her worst year on tour for a long, long time and is seemingly lacking confidence on court. Radwanska lost in the first round in Eastbourne last week to Lauren Davis in what was her only lead-up to the event, not the ideal preparation. Nevertheless, Aga will be fresh for this tournament and still looms as a genuine threat in an open draw.

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Radwanska and Jankovic have a long history, the Pole has generally been very successful in this match-up. Radwanska holds a 7-2 head-to-head record over Jankovic and has won 6 of their last 7 matches. The most recent match between the pair took place at Indian Wells last year, Radwanska won 6-3 6-3.

I’m going to side with Radwanska here, despite her poor form. Radwanska’s record at Wimbledon is undeniably great and she has shown that she can play well here despite entering the tournament with bad form (2015). Radwanska has also shown that this is a good match-up for her. All signs points to a Radwanska victory.

Prediction: Agnieszka Radwanska to defeat Jelena Jankovic in 3 sets

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