Garbine Muguruza vs Agnieszka Radwanska, Beijing SF Preview

Beijing SF #1: (5) Garbine Muguruza vs (4) Agnieszka Radwanska

A blockbuster second semi-final of the day in Beijing sees Garbine Muguruza and Agnieszka Radwanska renew hostilities. Garbine and Aga are arguably two of the in-form players on the tour right now, Garbine if fresh off reaching the final in Wuhan whilst Radwanska won the title on Tokyo a couple of weeks ago. Both have continued their winning form in Beijing and both look set to reach the WTA Finals in Singapore (Muguruza has already qualified, Radwanska is just two wins away). Radwanska will enter this match with revenge on her mind having lost the last three matches between the pair.

Garbine Muguruza arrived in Beijing with little expectations after succumbing to fatigue in the final at the Wuhan Open last week. However, a favourable draw has seen Muguruza continue her winning form, recording victories over Irina Falconi, Mirjana Lucic-Baroni and Bethanie Mattek-Sands to advance to the semi-finals. Garbine has already secured her spot at the WTA Finals in Singapore for the first time, a nice way for Garbine to end the best year of her career thus far.

 

Agnieszka Radwanska is playing some of her best tennis of the year at the moment. The former champion seems to be continuing her stunning form which saw her win the title in Tokyo without dropping a set. The Pole advanced to the semi-finals with an extremely impressive 6-1 6-4 victory over Angelique Kerber, hitting just 4 unforced errors in the entire match in a near flawless performance. Aga now has a wonderful opportunity to claim another China Open title and secure her spot in Singapore earlier than expected.

Garbine Muguruza holds a 3-2 head-to-head record over Aga, the Spaniard has won the last three meetings between the pair all of which have been in 2015. The most memorable of those matches came in the semi-finals at Wimbledon, where Garbine won a tight three set match to reach her first Grand Slam final. I suspect Radwanska will avenge those losses on Saturday, Aga is playing great tennis at the moment and should be fresher and more motivated to win this one.

Prediction: Agnieszka Radwanska to defeat Garbine Muguruza in 2 sets

0 responses to “Garbine Muguruza vs Agnieszka Radwanska, Beijing SF Preview”

  1. I totally agree regarding Radwanska. I believed she would win last evening vs Kerber, never envisioned her dominating Kerber the waty she did. With that type of performance and confidence I think she’ll dispose of Garbine without much problem. However, I am not 100% confident it will only be 2 sets, but I hope so. I love her aggressive and attacking tennis style.

    • Yepp, Aga’s performance against Kerber was very impressive, she will want to secure her spot in Singapore in Beijing

  2. Kerber was very desperate to qualify for the YEC therefore she played a very lousy match against Aga. I think Muguruza has no problems to deal with Aga. This time the desperado is Ago and I see Muguruza will smash it. Aga won’t be able to handle her power and pace. As I said before, Muguruza current coach Sam Sumyk knows how to beat Aga.

    • Aga also knows how to beat Garbine. Aga didn’t need to win in Sydney and was sick in Dubai. Aga has more to play for here and will certainly give it her all, it will take a mighty effort for Garbine to win

      • Garbine is motivated to win her first Premier event. It is not sensible to say that she has qualified for YEC therefore she is not playing to her max. to win. Both players want to win for sure but be realistic. If Garbine could beat her twice in their recent matches, this is enough to say that she knows how to beat her well lately.

        The pressure is on Aga indeed (she wants to play in Singapore YEC). This match is Garbine to lose if she really plays badly. Also, Sam Samuyk is on trial period according to Garbine. I am sure he wants to win as well to pass probabtion.

        As usual. We have different opinions and your preference is Aga and mine is Garbine. Like boxing, pound-to-pount (power vs power; pace vs pace), Garbine wins in all department. One more thing, they play in the evening. The weather is cold (will drop to 13C after 6pm) and air flow is slow and heavy. It will favour Muguruza big hitting games. Good luck all.

        • Yes I know both players want to win, but realistically it means more to Aga, nevertheless I still think Aga will win.

          • Aga played well to level up 5-4 but lady luck went to Muguruza. Betting on 2-1 either way already good enough.

          • Aga did well to fight back, but it was too little too late and she played a horrible final game, hitting 5 unforced errors

  3. Kerber played without powers. I don’t think Aga can deal with Muguruza’s power and pace. She improved a lots since Wuhan under Sam Samuyk coaching. Many may not know that she has changed to a coach that knew Aga too well.

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