Agnieszka Radwanska vs Casey Dellacqua, Wimbledon R3 Preview

Wimbledon R3: (13) Agnieszka Radwanska vs Casey Dellacqua

Agnieszka Radwanska has quietly moved through to the third round at SW19. The former finalist seems to have found her way again after a horrendous start to the season.

Aga now has a great chance to reach the second week at the All England club for the eighth time in her career when she takes on Casey Dellacqua on Saturday, an opponent she has totally dominated in the past.

 

Aga Radwanska has strolled past two potentially dangerous opponents to reach the third round in London. The Pole easily accounted for Lucie Hradecka in the opening round, claiming a 6-3 6-2 victory before thumping Ajla Tomljanovic 6-0 6-2 in the second round, avenging her shock loss to the Australian at Roland Garros last year.

Aga really enjoys playing on grass, her results show that she feels comfortable on the surface. Radwanska has played much better tennis over the last couple of weeks, reaching the Eastbourne final and looking good in her first two matches in London. Aga looks more like the solid top 10 player we are used to seeing.

 

Casey Dellacqua has equalled her best career result at Wimbledon, reaching the third round at SW19 for the second time in her career. The Australian has played some solid tennis in her opening two matches, defeating former quarter-finalist Tamira Paszek 6-2 6-2 in the first round before recording a 7-6 6-3 victory over Elina Svitolina on Thursday.

Dellacqua’s victory over Svitolina was the Australian’s first top 20 scalp of 2015. Casey blasted 38 winners past the Ukrainian, her aggressive game proving too much for Svitolina to handle. Casey will need another high winners count if she is to capture her first career victory over Agnieszka Radwanska on Saturday.

 

Aga Radwanska holds a perfect 2-0 head to head record over Dellacqua. Both matches have been comfortable straight set victories for the Pole, including a 6-4 6-0 at Wimbledon last year. In their most recent encounter, Radwanska cruised to a 6-2 6-1 victory in Madrid earlier this year.

As the head to head record suggests, Dellacqua really struggles to hit through Radwanska. Aga totally outplayed Dellacqua on the grass at SW19 last year, she will be full of confidence heading into this one. Dellacqua will also enter this match full confidence, despite the head to head record. Casey blasted Svitolina off the court in her previous match, good preparation for a clash with Radwanska.

I think this will be closer than their previous encounters, I wouldn’t be too surprised to see Dellacqua win a set, however Radwanska will ultimately be too good for the Australian.

Prediction: Aga Radwanska to defeat Casey Dellacqua in 3 sets

Elina Svitolina vs Casey Dellacqua, Wimbledon R2 Preview

(17) Elina Svitolina vs Casey Dellacqua

Elina Svitolina and Casey Dellacqua will go head to head for the first time on Thursday where they will be do battle for a spot in the third round at SW19.

Elina Svitolina continues to fly under the radar, climbing to a career high ranking of 17 in the world after reaching her first Grand Slam quarter-final at Roland Garros last month.

Svitolina’s preparation for Wimbledon wasn’t ideal, losing in the first round at Eastbourne to Heather Watson. The Ukrainian looked rusty in her opening round match on Tuesday, coming from a set down to defeat Misaki Doi 3-6 6-3 6-2 to reach the second round at Wimbledon for the first time. Grass isn’t Elina’s greatest surface, she likes to play from well behind the baseline and doesn’t have the greatest serve.

 

Casey Dellacqua is much more comfortable on the grass. The Australian enjoys the quicker conditions and rolled through her opening round match against former quarter-finalist Tamira Paszek. Dellacqua cruised to a 6-2 6-2 victory.

Casey will be very comfortable with the hotter than usual conditions in London. Casey loves the heat, having grown up in Perth, she will feel very comfortable with the London heat. Dellacqua’s form hasn’t been great in 2015, but she remains a dangerous opponent: especially on grass, and especially in these hot conditions.

 

This will be the first career meeting between Elina and Casey and it promises to be a very close match. There is little to separate these two, especially on a grass court. On any other surface, Elina would be the clear favourite.

Nevertheless, I still think Svitolina will have the edge in this one. The Ukrainian has won so many more matches this year and that counts for a lot. Overall, she’s just a little bit more solid in all the important areas and has a greater desire to win. Elina should find a way to come through this one.

Prediction: Elina Svitolina to defeat Casey Dellacqua in 3 sets

Victoria Azarenka vs Casey Dellacqua, Rome R1 Preview

Rome R1: Victoria Azarenka vs Casey Dellacqua

Victoria Azarenka will begin her 2015 Internazionali BNL D’Italia campaign with a first round matchup against Australian, Casey Dellacqua. Vika continues to improve in 2015, the Belarusian looks to be ready to compete for the biggest titles.

Vika arrives in Rome on the back of a heartbreaking loss to Serena Williams in the third round in Madrid. Vika fought from a set down to serve for the match at 6-5 in the third set. Vika had three match points at 40-0 but failed to convert, serving three double faults in a row to send the match into a tiebreaker. The tiebreak was a formality for Williams as Azarenka lost all confidence.

 

Despite the loss, it was a very promising week for Vika. The Belarusian picked up straight set victories over Venus Williams and Ajla Tomljanovic and can take a lot of confidence from her impressive performance against Serena in the third round. Vika served particularly well in Madrid, she seems to have really worked on that area of the game. This improvement could take Vika to a whole new level.

Casey Dellacqua has made a very disappointing start to the year, picking up just 4 victories whilst succumbing to 4 first round losses. Casey did pick up her best win of the year last week in Madrid, defeating Schiavone in straight sets before succumbing to Aga Radwanska in straight sets. The Australian went on to win the doubles title in Madrid alongside Yaroslava Shvedova, which should give her confidence heading into Rome.

 

Victoria Azarenka has an absolutely dominant head to head record over Dellacqua. Vika has won all 4 of their previous encounter, each in straight sets. Casey has managed to pick up 3 or more games in just 1 of the 8 sets. The last meeting was in Brisbane last year, Azarenka prevailed 6-3 6-1.

This should be another comfortable victory for Azarenka, Dellacqua doesn’t have any weapons to trouble Azarenka and will struggle to compete with the Belarusian.

Prediction: Victoria Azarenka to defeat Casey Dellacqua in 2 sets