Madrid R3: (5) Caroline Wozniacki vs (9) Agnieszka Radwanska
Former Grand Slam Finalists Caroline Wozniacki and Agnieszka Radwanska will do battle on Wednesday in the third round of the Mutua Madrid Open. This is a crucial encounter for both ladies, especially Radwanska who is only just clinging onto a spot in the top 10.
Caroline Wozniacki has made a positive start to her 2015 clay campaign, the Dane has been a lot more proactive, really flattening out her forehand. Wozniacki reached the final in Stuttgart and has progressed through her first two matches in Madrid in straight sets.
Wozniacki didn’t have it all her own way in her second round victory over Christina McHale. The Dane trailed for the majority of the first set and really struggled to convert her break point chances. McHale’s resistance was eventually broken by Wozniacki late in the opening set, the world number 5 cruising to a 7-5 6-0 victory.
Agnieszka Radwanska has waltzed through her opening two matches in Madrid, taking little time to dispatch Lara Arruabarrena and Casey Dellacqua in straight sets. There is a lot of pressure on Radwanska this week, the Pole needs to reach at least the Semifinals is she is to remain in the top 10, otherwise Aga will drop out of the top 10 for the first time since October 2011.
Caroline Wozniacki holds a 7-4 head to head advantage over Radwanska. The Dane has won their two most recent encounters, both in straight sets and both coming on hard courts late last year. Amazingly, these two have only met on clay once, it was Wozniacki who prevailed in straight sets in Stuttgart all the way back in 2011. Matches between these two are always tight, there is very little to separate the pair.
Caroline Wozniacki will head into this match as the favorite courtesy of her solid recent form and Radwanska’s lack of form. However I still believe this could go either way. Clay is the least preferred surface for both Aga and Caroline and both will be desperate for improved results on the surface this year, a victory in this match is extremely important for both.
This promises to be a grueling battle, I’m leaning towards a Radwanska victory here. Aga has a better record in Madrid and has looking sharper than Wozniacki in her opening two matches this week.
Prediction: Aga Radwanska to defeat Caroline Wozniacki in 3 sets