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.