WTA Nottingham, Semi-Final Preview: Agnieszka Radwanska v Monica Niculescu

NiculescuThree of the four quarter-finals were completed in Nottingham on Friday with Agnieszka Radwanska and Monica Niculescu the first two players into the semi-finals. All six completed sets in Nottingham on Friday finished with a 6-2 scoreline! Radwanska and Niculescu are set to play their semi-final at 12pm UK time although it’s worth noting that the weather forecast for Nottingham tomorrow is pretty horrid. I live further south and we’re currently experiencing the weather they will get in Nottingham… hot, humid and a little bit damp. If Radwanska and Niculescu do take to the court it will be just their second encounter on the WTA tour with Radwanska winning their only previous match in Linz in 2009, 6-4 6-2.

After a miserable clay court season with just two wins and a first round exit at the French Open, Radwanska has enjoyed a more promising start to the grass court season. Victories over Alla Kudryavtseva (6-0 6-3), Christina McHale (6-3 6-1) and Lauren Davis (6-2 6-2) should give Aga some confidence going forward. Niculescu is one of a few players this week to have progressed through a match after saving match points. In the second round, Niculescu defeated Olga Govortsova, saving five match points, and winning, 2-6 7-5 7-5. Niculescu has played three sets in all three of her matches this week. Add to that, Niculescu also played five matches last week in Marseille where she won an ITF title. I think Aga will win this relatively comfortably…

Prediction: Radwanska d. Niculescu in 2 sets

6 thoughts on “WTA Nottingham, Semi-Final Preview: Agnieszka Radwanska v Monica Niculescu

  1. I saw the whole match, Radwanska got thoroughly schooled on how awkward tennis is played by Niculescu. Monica could have won it in two sets itself but Radwanska got a bit lucky in the first set. Radwanska played a horrible match, I had no idea why she kept bringing Monica to the net when Monica was clearly the better player at the net. Radwanska needs to stop saying that grass is her best surface when she had only one title on this surface and that came long ago in 2008. She hates clay but she at least has two titles on clay. After this match, I would be surprised if she makes it to the 4th round at Wimbledon. But kudos to Monica, her awkward game was at its best today.

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  2. Thank God….Lucky me; i just woke up after last night binge and both underdogs won….saved a lot of wager for me.Anywas i would have backed Niculescu but than i would have been wrong with Bencic(she was such a supreme form and got beaten by unpredictable Giorgi).
    To predict WTA matches is impossible even how experinced are you or what the current stats say.

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    • I won’t bet on any 50/50 or 60/40 matches. I will bet on those I feel confidence. You will end up lose more if you bet on every match.

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      • Leave aside betting even trading on every match is not feasible.As you said 50/50 or 60/40 can go anyway and on 80/20 and 70/30 you don’t have enough margins and variance is more.For less amount of profits(whatever it is ) you need to take much more risk which is not going to sustain in longer run.Markets and odds have become more compact and only thing beyond control is the in play match reading and unpredictability both of which can be useful and at times or can cause losses.

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