Petra Kvitova vs. Agnieszka Radwanska, New Haven R1 Preview

?? Connecticut Open, New Haven R1 Preview
?? (3) Petra Kvitova vs. ?? Agnieszka Radwanska

Petra Kvitova and Agnieszka Radwanska will renew hostilities when they meet at the opening round stage of the Connecticut Open in New Haven on Monday evening. Kvitova and Radwanska are both former champions in New Haven, both are well suited to the relatively quick hard courts. This is always an interesting match-up because of the extreme contrast in styles, power vs. finesse, which prevails?

Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic in action during the semi-final at the 2018 Western & Southern Open WTA Premier 5 tennis tournament

Petra Kvitova has made a fairly good start to her North American hard court swing. Kvitova arrives in New Haven fresh off a semi-final showing in Cincinnati. Kvitova claimed some big victories in Cincinnati, most notably a significant opening round triumph over Serena Williams. The week did however end in disappointment as Petra lost her semi-final from a set up against Kiki Bertens. Kvitova had not previously lost in a semi-final or final in 2018.

Agnieszka Radwanska’s ranking continues to tumble as she plays less and less matches. Radwanska uncharacteristically started her North American hard court swing late, Radwanska skipped San Jose and Montreal before suffering a first round exit in Cincinnati last week at the hands of Karolina Pliskova. Radwanska has been dealt another tough draw in New Haven and will be desperate for a win or she will heads to New York deprived of confidence.

These two have a long history. It is Kvitova who holds a 7-5 H2H record over Radwanska. Radwanska has won 4 of the last 6 meetings between the pair, However Kvitova did claim a 6-7 6-3 6-4 victory in their most recent match in Doha earlier this year. This is a tough match-up for both as both have strengths to challenge the strengths of their opponent.

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Agnieszka Radwanska vs CoCo Vandeweghe, U.S Open R3 Preview

US Open, ????? R3 Preview + Prediction
(10) ?? Agnieszka Radwanska vs (20) ?? CoCo Vandeweghe

CoCo Vandeweghe will get another shot at Agnieszka Radwanska when they collide at the third round stage at Flushing Meadows on Saturday. Radwanska has a dominant head-to-head record over Vandeweghe having won 5 of their previous 6 matches, all 5 victories were on a hard court. Despite their previous matches, Vandeweghe does have the weapons to trouble Radwanska, the conditions in New York are also probably more favourable for Vandeweghe whilst Radwanska has generally struggled at the U.S Open.

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Agnieszka Radwanska vs Petra Martic, U.S Open R1 Preview

US Open, ????? R1 Preview + Prediction
(10) ?? Agnieszka Radwanska vs ?? Petra Martic

Agnieszka Radwanska will begin her 2017 U.S Open campaign with a potentially dangerous opening round clash against Croatia’s Petra Martic. The U.S Open has traditionally been one of Aga’s least successful major tournaments and Pole has generally been far from her best in 2017. However, Radwanska showed signs of improvements last week in New Haven and in a field that is quite open, Radwanska may be able to go on her first deep run at a Grand Slam in 2017. Radwanska has a perfect 2-0 record over Martic, nevertheless, the Croatian has shown in 2017 that she is a threat at major tournaments.

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Agnieszka Radwanska vs Daria Gavrilova, New Haven SF Preview

Connecticut Open, ??? New Haven preview + prediction
SF #2: (1) ?? Agnieszka Radwanska vs ?? Daria Gavrilova

Friday’s second semi-final for the Connecticut Open in New Haven sees the top seed and defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska take on Daria Gavrilova. Radwanska has claimed a couple of tough straight set wins to reach the semi-final stage where she face what is likely to be her biggest challenge of the tournament thus far. Daria Gavrilova is on a roll, the Aussie is playing great tennis in New Haven and will be full of confidence heading into this big match. This will be the first career meeting between the pair in what should a very entertaining match-up between two unique types of players.

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Agnieszka Radwanska vs Shuai Peng, New Haven QF Preview

Connecticut Open, ??? New Haven preview + prediction
QF: (1) ?? Agnieszka Radwanska vs (8) ?? Shuai Peng

Agnieszka Radwanska will continue her title defense at the Connecticut Open on Thursday when she comes up against Shuai Peng at the quarter-final stage in New Haven. Radwanska and Peng both breezed through their second round clashes in straight sets and are seemingly in decent form heading into this clash. The head-to-head record between the two is currently split at three wins apiece. Peng has won their two most recent clashes and has generally been playing the better tennis this year, can Peng again get the better of the Pole? 

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Agnieszka Radwanska vs Julia Goerges, Cincinnati R1 Preview

Western & Southern Open, ??? Cincinnati R1 Preview + Prediction
(10) ?? Agnieszka Radwanska vs ?? Julia Goerges

Agnieszka Radwanska showed signs of a form reversal in Toronto last week and will be hoping to continue to gain momentum in Cincinnati. Radwanska will begin her Western & Southern Open campaign on Tuesday with a tough opening round clash against an in-form Julia Goerges. Radwanska holds a 3-1 head-to-head record over Goerges but it is the German who has generally been playing the better tennis of late, it will be interesting to see if Radwanska is still able to maintain her winning ways over Goerges.

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Caroline Wozniacki vs Agnieszka Radwanska, Toronto R3 Preview

Rogers Cup, ???? R3 Match Preview + Prediction
(6) ?? Caroline Wozniacki vs (10) ?? Agnieszka Radwanska

Caroline Wozniacki and Agnieszka Radwanska will renew their rivalry on Thursday at the Rogers Cup where they will meet at the third round stage. Wozniacki has generally had the better of this match-up in recent times and has certainly been in better form over the last couple of months. However, Radwanska is a former champion at the Rogers Cup and has made a great start to her 2017 campaign with a couple of commanding victories. Matches between these two are always close, this one should be no different.

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Svetlana Kuznetsova vs Agnieszka Radwanska, Wimbledon R4 Preview

Wimbledon ????? R4 Match Preview:
(7) ?? Svetlana Kuznetsova vs (9) ?? Agnieszka Radwanska

Svetlana Kuznetsova and Agnieszka Radwanska will renew hostilities when they go head-to-head at Wimbledon in the fourth round stage. Kuznetsova has traditionally been quite dominant over Radwanska, the Russian holds an overall 13-4 record over the Pole, Kuznetsova has won 9 of the last 10 matches between the pair. However, none of those matches were on grass, Radwanska is clearly better suited to grass and has a much better record at Wimbledon. This should be a very close encounter…

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Agnieszka Radwanska vs Jelena Jankovic, Wimbledon R1 Preview

Wimbledon ???? Day 2, R1 Match Preview:
(9) ?? Agnieszka Radwanska vs ?? Jelena Jankovic

A fascinating opening round clash on Tuesday at SW19 sees Agnieszka Radwanska face Jelena Jankovic, arguably the toughest first round match-up in the entire draw. Agnieszka Radwanska has long threatened to claim an elusive first Grand Slam title at Wimbledon but has fallen just short on a few occasions. The Pole has a few more chances but brings very poor from into this year’s Championships. Jankovic also brings poor form into this event. This looms as a tight battle between two experienced, desperate competitors.

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Agnieszka Radwanska vs Alize Cornet, Roland Garros R3 Preview

Roland Garros, ??? R3 Preview + Prediction
(9) ?? Agnieszka Radwanska vs ?? Alize Cornet

A blockbuster third round clash in Paris sees the ninth seeded Agnieszka Radwanska come up against Alize Cornet and the vocal Parisian crowd. Radwanska and Cornet have played out a few epic, marathon matches in the past but Radwanska has always had the edge over the Frenchwoman. Radwanska holds a 7-1 head-to-head record over Cornet, interestingly Saturday’s third round match at Roland Garros will be their first meeting on a clay court since 2008, a surface that gives Cornet the best chance of a causing an upset. This should be a very entertaining clash between two of the craftiest players on tour, a fourth round appearance would be huge for both ladies given their struggles throughout the year.

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