Petra Kvitova vs. Agnieszka Radwanska, New Haven R1 Prediction

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A blockbuster opening round clash on Monday sees two former champions collide as Petra Kvitova takes on Agnieszka Radwanska. I’m going to side with Radwanska here. It is Radwanska who has generally had the better of this match-up of late having won 4 of the last 6 matches between the pair and I suspect she will be more desperate for victory here.

Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland in action during her her first-round match at the 2018 Western & Southern Open WTA Premier 5 tennis tournament

Whilst it is true that Kvitova has certainly been the far better player of late, the key factor here is that this match is seemingly much more important for Radwanska. Kvitova arrives in New Haven on the back of a long week in Cincinnati where she played tough matches on route to a semi-final showing. Conversely, Radwanska has played just the 1 match over the last month and is in desperate need of a win here before heading to New York. Kvitova admitted after her Cincinnati exit that an opening round clash with Radwanska in New Haven was a tiresome prospect. Expect Radwanska to scrap her way to victory here.

Prediction: Agnieszka Radwanska to defeat Petra Kvitova in 3 sets