Miami R4: (2) Agnieszka Radwanska vs (19) Timea Bacsinszky
An interesting fourth round clash at the Miami Open sees an in form Aga Radwanska come up against a resurgent Timea Bacsinszky. Radwanska and Bacsinszky both rely on their variety and defensive skills to disrupt their opponents meaning this is likely to be a long, tough match between two like-minded players. Interestingly, it was Bacsinszky who smashed Radwanska 6-1 6-1 in their only previous clash during the Fed Cup early last year.
Aga has continued her impressive start to the season at the Miami Open. The former champion has hardly put a foot wrong in her opening two matches at the event, conceding a total of 6 games on route to recording straight set wins over Alize Cornet and Madison Brengle. Radwanska continues to adopt a more aggressive mindset, coming forward to the net whenever there is a slight opportunity and even serve and volleying on a couple of occasions in her opening round matches. An aggressive mindset will be important heading into Aga’s fourth round clash with Bacsinszky, an opponent that defends very well but can also be dangerous when allowed to dictate play.
Timea Bacsinszky is finally starting to find her range after a difficult start to the season. Timea failed to win back-to-back matches in her first three events of the season but has now won consecutive matches in her last three events. Timea has progressed to the fourth round in Miami without dropping a set, recording impressive straight set wins over two quality opponents: Margarita Gasparyan and Ana Ivanovic. Bacsinszky will be confident heading into her fourth round clash with Radwanska given her dominant win over the Pole in their only previous encounter.
Bacsinszky stunned Radwanska in their only previous meeting, picking up an emphatic 6-1 6-1 win in a crucial Fed Cup tie early last season. Radwanska played really poorly in that match whilst Bacsinszky did little wrong. Radwanska’s form is dramatically improved heading into this clash and a very different scoreline is to be expected on this occasion.
There is no real reason to suggest that this will not be an extremely close match. These two play quite similarly. but Radwanska certainly has a few more strings to her bow. Aga is more comfortable coming forward to the net (which is generally important in a match-up like this) and is also generally a little more solid from the baseline. Timea has looked much better in the last couple of weeks but Aga’s recent form has been great and I suspect she will find a way to get the win here.