Tokyo QF #3: (7) Agnieszka Radwanska (4) Karolina Pliskova
Agnieszka Radwanska and Karolina Pliskova will do battle in a pivotal quarter-final clash at the Toray Pan Pacific Open. Both ladies are fighting for the final couple of places at the WTA Finals in Singapore, a victory here is vital. The contrast in styles between these two always makes for a fascinating encounter, the clever Pole up against the powerful Czech.
Agnieszka Radwanska needs to keep winning if she wants to make her fifth consecutive appearance at the WTA Finals. The Pole has continued her great record in Tokyo, reaching the quarter-finals for seventh time in her seventh appearance at the event. Aga started the week with a comprehensive 6-3 6-3 victory over CoCo Vandeweghe before setting up a clash with Karolina Pliskova courtesy of a 6-4 6-1 victory over Elina Svitolina. The first set was extremely close, Aga made the most of the only break point she had which also happened to be a set point. Svitolina never recovered from the disappointment of losing the first set as Radwanska waltzed to the finish line. Radwanska now has a golden opportunity to advance to the semi-finals when she comes up against an opponent she has never lost to.
After receiving a bye through the first round, Karolina Pliskova advanced to the quarter-finals with a 6-2 6-4 victory over Kurumi Nara. It was a decent performance by Pliskova in her first match since her humiliating first round exit in New York. Pliskova’s form swung wildly throughout the match, she will need a much more consistent performance on Friday if she is to claim her first career victory over Radwanska.
Agnieszka Radwanska has a perfect 3-0 head-to-head record against Karolina Pliksova. The Pole has totally dominated Pliskova, winning all three of their previous matches in straight sets. Their most recent encounter took place a couple of months ago on the grass in Eastbourne, it was Radwanska who cruised to a 6-2 6-1 victory over a wayward Pliskova. I suspect Radwanska will once again get the better of Pliskova on Friday in Tokyo, the Pole’s consistency and clever play seem to rattle Pliskova. Radwanska’s form in the first two rounds suggest she is playing at a high enough level to take care of business here.