Agnieszka Radwanska vs Victoria Azarenka, Miami R4 Preview

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Agnieszka Radwanska and Victoria Azarenka will renew hostilities on Monday when they meet at the fourth round stage of the Miami Open. Radwanska and Azarenka have a colourful history, the pair have gone H2H on 17 previous occasions, Azarenka holds a commanding 12-5 record over the Pole. So much has happened since their last meeting almost 3 and a half years ago, it will be fascinating to see how this match-up pans out, a real throwback match-up.

Radwanska secured her spot in the fourth round in Miami with her biggest victory in recent times. Radwanska produced a vintage performance to capture a 3-6 6-2 6-3 victory over world number 1 Simona Halep. Whilst it is true that Halep was certainly not at her best, the win will give Radwanska a heap of confidence given her poor results of late. Radwanska also claimed a solid straight set win over Alison Van Uytvanck earlier in the week after receiving a bye through the first round.

Victoria Azarenka’s return to the tour is going very well indeed. The Belarusian is playing some great tennis in just her second tournament since Wimbledon last year. Azarenka loves playing in Miami, the 3-time former Miami Open champion started her 2018 campaign with a commanding straight set win over Catherine Bellis before winning via retirement over Madison Keys. Azarenka sealed her spot in the fourth round with a hard-fought win over Anastasija Sevastova, a 3-6 6-4 6-1 victory from a set and a break down.

Azarenka holds a 12-5 H2H record over Radwanska. Between 2012 and 2013 Azarenka was dominant in this match up, winning 7 consecutive matches against Radwanska. However, it is Radwanska who has won the last two matches between the pair since Azarenka’s dominant run, both came in 2014. An epic 3 set win at the Australian Open and most recently a 6-2 6-2 win at the Rogers Cup.

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0 responses to “Agnieszka Radwanska vs Victoria Azarenka, Miami R4 Preview”

  1. What a tough one to predict!! Aga needed that Halep win so much. That’s all it takes for someone like her to have the confidence she needs to get back to the top. I think we can throw the head to head with Vika out the window. Both are a bit vulnerable with Aga having been slumping and Vika fresh on the comeback trail. Djokovic and Serena showed us how hard comebacks are. I know Vika is a good competitor, but I don’t think she’s going to win this one. What do you think wtatennisaddict? I gotta give Aga the edge. Both are former champs, but the big win over Simona plus having won their two most recent matches albeit old ones will give Aga a slight edge. She served pretty well against Halep too. She won nearly 50% on second serves which is pretty solid. She seems like she’s getting just a bit more spin and depth on it. I’d say she will need to keep her first serve percentage near 70% to help her chances and make it a physical contest. There’s no substitute for match play and apart from Clijsters and Davenport to a degree, I haven’t seen many instances of wta superstars regaining the throne after becoming a mom. We’ll see Monday. I’ll say Aga in a tight two or competitive 3.

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