Stanford QF: (5) Angelique Kerber vs (2) Agnieszka Radwanska
Friday’s match of the day at the Bank of the West Classic sees former finalists Angelique Kerber and Agnieszka Radwanska go head to head for a place in the semi-finals in Stanford.
Angelique Kerber has been quite impressive in her progression to the final 8 in Stanford. The German opened her campaign with a commanding 6-1 6-3 victory over Daria Gavrilova before comfortably defeating Ana Konjuh 6-4 6-3. Kerber is one of the form players on the tour at the moment and looms as one of Serena’s biggest threats over the next couple of months.
After receiving a bye into the second round, Agnieszka Radwanska made an unconvincing start to the tournament on Thursday afternoon. Aga made a sluggish start to her second round match, quickly finding herself down 1-6 0-2 to qualifier Misaki Doi. However Aga eventually found her groove, recovering to win 12 straight games and set up a blockbuster quarter-final clash with Angie Kerber.
This is one of the tours most exciting and evenly matched rivalries. Aga holds a very slight advantage in the head to head series, holding a 5-4 record over Angie. On hard courts, Angie has the slight edge, holding a 4-3 record over Aga. Angie has also won two of their last three encounters, including a comprehensive 6-2 6-2 victory at the 2013 WTA Finals in their most recent match.
Angie seems to have all the momentum on her side heading into this one. The German has been impressive this week and looks well placed to continue her run. Radwanska’s preparation hasn’t been as ideal, the Pole suffered a minor injury scare in her first day of training in Stanford and made a horrible start to her second round match against Doi.
This is going to be a very psychical match, given Aga’s injury concerns, Kerber must have the edge. Angie is in better shape at the moment, her ability to be more aggressive and dictate play for the baseline should see the German come through this one.
Prediction: Angelique Kerber to defeat Aga Radwanska in 2 sets