Agnieszka Radwanska vs Roberta Vinci, Doha QF Preview

Doha QF: (3) Agnieszka Radwanska vs (9) Roberta Vinci

The fourth and final quarter-final of the day at the Qatar Total Open promises to be the highest quality match of the day when Agnieszka Radwanska comes up against Roberta Vinci. This is a fascinating match-up between two of the smartest and craftiest players on tour and two of the most in form players on tour over the last couple of months. This match looks like have a big impact on who goes on to win the title this week in Doha. 

Aga Radwanska is the highest seed left in the draw in Doha and seems to be in prime position to claim her first Qatar Total Open title. Radwanska has come close to winning a title in Doha on many occasion, reaching the semi-final stage in the three of the last four years, this looks like the year Aga could go a couple of steps better. The Pole started the week with a hard-fought 6-4 6-4 victory over Kateryna Bondarenko before claiming a 7-5 6-1 win over Monica Niculescu in a real tactical battle. Radwanska’s victory over Niculescu is the perfect preparation for a clash with Roberta Vinci, another match-up where Radwanska will need to tactically be at her best against the Italian. 

 

Roberta Vinci has continued her winning ways in Doha. The Italian is competing in her first event as a top 10 player courtesy of a consistent start to the season. Vinci’s week in Doha started with a comprehensive 6-2 6-2 win over Lesia Tsurenko before winning an extremely tight contest against Daria Kasatkina 2-6 6-4 7-6. The Italian made the most of a favourable draw to advance to the quarter-final stage, claiming a 7-5 6-1 win over Cagla Buyukakcay. Vinci will need to overcome a very negative head-to-head record against Radwanska if she is to advance any further this week.

Radwanska holds a 7-2 head-to-head record over Vinci, however it was the Italian who won their most recent clash. Vinci recorded a shock 6-4 6-4 victory over the Pole in Beijing in 2014 in what their most recent match. Interestingly, all 7 of the previous matches between the pair ended in straight sets. I suspect Radwanska will emerge victorious on this occasion, the Pole has been very consistent recently and clearly enjoys playing Vinci and also enjoys the conditions in Doha which should further aid Aga in this match-up.

Prediction: Aga Radwanska to defeat Roberta Vinci in 2 sets


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0 responses to “Agnieszka Radwanska vs Roberta Vinci, Doha QF Preview”

  1. I wonder when you will bet anything else than Aga in 2 sets. Yes, she is in good form, but you just can’t win every match in 2 sets (or win every match…).
    Vinci is Top 10 now and obviously is in form of her life.

    Should be much closer.

    • Just because a match looks close doesn’t mean I have to say it will end in 3… most matches will end in 2 sets and also as I wrote 7 last matches between the 2 were straight set matches… This a good match-up for Aga and she should win in 2… we will see

      • It was time again for Aga to play a 3-setter. Only played her second in this year!

        I think I can say I was right! 😀
        Was an entertaining match. Radwanska has few extra per cents left in the decider and was very much 100% in the last two sets.
        Hopefully there will be a rematch soon with Vinci at 100% (was like 95% today) because this was a bitter loss and I hope for revenge.

  2. I think Vinci will be tired with all the matches catch up to her. Based on her last few matches performance, Aga should beat her in 2. One tight set for sure.

  3. What do you think about Yanina vs Pavl match. H2H is 2-1.

    Do you think Pavl can win in 2? Although Yanina is crazy sometimes but she is not that bad either. I think it will be a close fight.

    • I think Nastia should win but not sure about how many sets, can be 2 or 3… don’t think Yanina is playing well but she can randomly play well here but probably not for long enough to win

  4. Big ups to Aga who won today. She really has what it takes to be Number 1. If Serena keeps withdrawing from tournaments and not demonstrating that 2013 fire to play and win then I’ll have no problem with Aga taking Serena’s spot. The only reason Serena didn’t play at the end of last year was because her top spot was not at risk.

    But I have to admit, whenever Serena’s top ranking is in jeopardy, she tends to produce even greater tennis. USOpen 2014 and Aussie Open 2015 are good examples.

    • For No.1 spot Radwanska has to play an excellent clay court season, too. Don’t know whether she will.

      I think you should wait until RG because Serena will probably stay on top until RG at least – or after March: If Serena win IW and Miami, I think there won’t be a change at the top this year.

      • But if Serena loses early at one of the big events, Aga will have a great chance. It is certainly dependant on Serena but I think Aga has a good chance to get to number 1 at some stage this year and certainly in the future

        • It is obviously somewhat dependant on Serena but if she were to lose early at a big event then Aga will be very close to number 1

        • What if Aga loses early in a big event…?
          I think Radwanska (or anybody) won’t be consistent all year long (clay court season…) so how should she reach No.1 then?

          Aga is 27 now (good, in two weeks…)
          Probably she has already had her best time/ now it is the best time of her career. With 27+ you normally don’t improve much more…

          • I think her best is yet to come, it is starting to come… She still has many years to achieve what she needs to achieve

      • Clay isn’t Aga’s best surface so I can’t see great clay success but if she makes a showing in IW and Miami, it will force Serena to step up. Aga is the only one so far who hasn’t flopped this year. Well, Serena and Maria didn’t either but they’ve played but 1 tournament this year.

        • Yes Aga is not great on clay but considering she lost R1 last year even a 4th round or QF would see her gain a lot of points… didn’t do well in Stuttgart, Madrid or Rome so can gain a lot of points

    • I agree that Aga has a great chance to reach world number 1 in the coming months… She is not too far off it and given Serena’s lack of participation in events, Aga has a chance. If Aga has a really good clay court season she will be a very good chance to get to number 1. Ever since the U.S Open, Aga has been the most consistent player on tour

      • Absolutely. The only think I need to see from her is to defeat a couple of more power players like Serena, Madison, Maria, and Garbine. They are only type of players right now who can give her real trouble.

    • Yes, that is very true.. probably one of the best matches of the year so far and the stats back up that it was very high quality. A lot of fantastic winners out there

  5. What’s with Kerber?
    Kerber is there, too…and No.2 right behind Serena so why only talking about Radwanska who sholud reach No.1?
    Hopefully we get a fully mental fut Kerber in IW and

    • Well Kerber is clearly not as consistent as Radwanska… Also Aga will overtake Kerber this week if Aga wins the tournament

      • I think everybody is saying that from ’13-’15 Kerber was most consistent Top 10 player…

        Kerber has lesser to defend at big events than Aga (so she had to be more consistent in smaller events in 2015 than Radwanska…)
        Can see it here (german, but shouldn’t be a problem ^^ : http://wtatennis.de/rankings

        • Aga has won 16 of her last 17 matches and 30 of her last 35 matches including 3 titles.. can easily be 4 titles in 2 days time.. that’s pretty good form

        • Aga doesn’t have to defend big points until Wimbledon… Kerber has 2 titles to defend. Aga has a better chance to get to number 1 in the fist half of the year

        • And in the second half?

          How would you imagine her way to No.1? Will Radwanska win each tournament from now and won’t have any surprising losses? Or will she win a first Slam to reach No.1?
          Because I think you can’t just reach No.1 without winning a slam nowadays. (Or will Radwanska be a slamless No.1 like Wozniacki, Jankovic and Safina only before?)

  6. And why do you predict so often against Petkovic in Doha…?
    Again, and this time against Ostapenko (you wasn’t even sure if she can beat Zheng… -_-)

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