Agnieszka Radwanska vs Petra Kvitova, WTA Finals Singapore Final Preview

Singapore Final: (5) Agnieszka Radwanska vs (4) Petra Kvitova

History will be made on Sunday at the WTA Finals in Singapore when Agnieszka Radwanska comes up against Petra Kvitova for the title. For the first time a player that lost 2 matches in the group stage will win the title. This is a wonderful opportunity for both Aga and Petra, both have dealt with a lot in 2015, it will be a fairy-tale finish to the year for whoever emerges victorious on Sunday.

 

Agnieszka Radwanska became the first Pole to reach the Final at the WTA Finals courtesy of a stunning 6-7 6-3 7-5 semi-final victory over Garbine Muguruza. It was an epic match full of momentum swings. Radwanska seemed to be in control of the 1st set tiebreaker, but squandered a 4-1 lead to loss the 1st set. Aga had to dig deep to turn the match around and she did just that, changing the dynamic of the match with a fast start to the 2nd set. After levelling the match at 1 set all, Aga seemed to be in total control of the match when she opened up a 4-1 lead in the deciding set. However Garbine came storming back to level the match at 4-4. Aga did extremely well to keep her composure and absorb everything Garbine threw at her and ultimately outlast her opponent.

What started out as such a disappointing week for Aga has now turned into an extremely successful week. After slumping to 0-2 in the group stage, no one could have imagined that Aga would be in Sunday’s final. Radwanska came extremely close to being eliminated from the group stage against Simona Halep, Aga needed to win in straight sets and found herself down 1-5 in the 1st set tiebreaker, from there Radwanska would win 6 straight points to keep her tournament alive. Aga would ultimately go on to win the match 7-6 6-1, with her victory over Muguruza on Saturday Aga has now won back-to-back matches against top 5 opponents and has reached 50 wins in season 2015.

Radwanska’s attitude in her last two matches has been very impressive, she has looked to be much more aggressive and has brought a much better intensity to the court. The Pole was rewarded with 2 of her best victories of the year and will need to bring that attitude to the court on Sunday if she is to claim the biggest tile of her career against an opponent she has a poor record against.

 

Petra Kvitova’s form during the group stage was generally quite uninspiring. The Czech started the week with a straight sets loss to Angelique Kerber before defeating Lucie Safarova in straight sets in what was a pretty messy match. Petra slumped to 1-2 in the white group courtesy of a 3 set loss to Garbine Muguruza. It seemed like Petra’s Singapore campaign was over as she needed Lucie Safarova to defeat Angelique Kerber to advance to the semi-finals. However Safarova pulled off the miracle and sent Kvitova into the semi-finals.

Petra’s 6-3 7-6 semi-final victory over Maria Sharapova was clearly her best performance of the week. Petra brought a superior intensity to the court, raising her level to suit the occasion. Kvitova stunned Maria in the first set and it seemed like the Russian would respond by sending the match to a decider. Sharapova led 5-1 in the second set but Kvitova would stage a stunning comeback to force a tiebreaker. Kvitova played an extremely solid tiebreak to secure her spot in Sunday’s final. Kvitova will be aiming for her second WTA Finals title, she will be confident heading into the match given her record against Radwanska.

Petra Kvitova holds a 6-2 head-to-head record over Radwanska and has won 3 of the last 4 encounters between the pair. Their most reverent match was in New Haven earlier this year, Kvitova prevailed 7-5 6-4. Perhaps their most relevant previous meeting was in Singapore last year where Radwanska claimed a comfortable 6-2 6-3 victory over Petra.

 

I really like Radwanska’s chances in this match. Aga has played beautiful tennis in her last 2 matches and will be extremely desperate to claim the biggest title of her career. Kvitova’s form during the group stage was poor but she somehow managed to play an amazing match against Sharapova, I doubt Kvitova will be able to produce a similar performance on Sunday.

The surface in Singapore actually favours Radwanska in this match-up, the Pole will be able to absorb enough of Kvitova’s pace on these dead courts. Radwanska just needs to play like she has in her last 2 matches and she will get the victory in this match. I still don’t think Kvitova is in a good place physically and Radwanska will expose this.

Prediction: Agnieszka Radwanska to defeat Petra Kvitova in 2 sets

0 responses to “Agnieszka Radwanska vs Petra Kvitova, WTA Finals Singapore Final Preview”

        • Jocas I get you have a thing for Petra I was simply stating that aga should win she is the better player right now, after the first two matches we would all be laughing if we said these two would be even I’m the semis , some good luck and fortune on there side for sure to be in the final after they’re starts to the tourney. In my opinion aga will get Petra running early and try and tire her out , that should help later in the match

  1. I would be careful with Petra. Final match is gonna be very different for her. In such matches she doesnt care about her body, she is just going for the win. I think she wont be nervous, Aga is the one who should win this match and I am not sure she can take it… Interesting match to watch a I say Petra is the winning type for thode mstches, I like her chances. Actually I see more problems with Petra’s motivation usually, it is not about her body, its about the head.

    • That’s a good point that you make, her tiredness may be a mental thing rather than just physical. Aga’s form leading into this match has been MUCH better, it will take a big effort from Kvitova to hit Aga off the court

    • Spot on. She is not motivated most of the time except playing any final. It is nothing to do with physical at this stage. The only thing is people thinking she is not feeling well to play.

  2. First of all, Aga looked very tired after playing Muguruza. For one thing, Petra usually shows up in the final. She hardly flop in this kind of big event except she lost in Beijing last year to Sharapova whom she just beaten.

    Secondly, I am sure she would like to put pressure on Russia before Fed Cup by winning this whole thing. It is not RR, when anything can happen, Petra will take it.

    Playing at this level, Aga can’t match Petra.

  3. I want to add one point. “Safarova” actor will also motivate Petra in the final. When she obliges for something, she will go all out like Fed Cup. Aga has tanked out mentally after playing with someone who has beaten her in the last 4 meetings.

    Good luck if you bet on Aga to win.

    • This is actually very good point. She needs to play for somebody like in Fedcup. Here in Czech Republic a lot of people said she shouldnt play the last Fedcup matches. But look she won both mstches. Maybe this one is going to be for Lucie, maybe it is enough just because of the final. There is the difference between Petra and let say Muguruza. Muguruza (I know she is young, but for now) needs good form and stay cool to play her best tennis. Petra needs to play important match against a big player. She is like Serena in some ways. But Serena is much more motivated, its just her nature. Aga played some outstanding tennis, but Petra will hopefully show her tennis with minimum UE like today.

      • Petra does often rise to the occasion, you’re right. Petra often saved her best tennis for finals.. her performances at Wimbledon come to mind and also her wins in Fed Cup as you mentioned

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