BOOM. I’m excited about the prospect of another Aga-Angie match. The last time they played, this happened. Kerber outlasted Radwanska in Stanford, 4-6 6-4 6-4, in a wonderful match. Both players are still looking to officially secure their places in Singapore which means there is plenty to play for and hopefully, should produce another competitive match.
Kerber ousted Caroline Wozniacki in the third round, 6-2 6-3 in surprisingly straightforward fashion. Like her win over Dominika Cibulkova in the second round, it was another measured display from Kerber that was slightly clouded by the ending. For the second straight match, Kerber twice failed to serve it out. However, this shouldn’t distract from what was another overall excellent performance. Kerber’s forehand and drop shot were both working well. Give me a highlights reel of Kerber’s down-the-line forehands and that could keep me entertained for quite some time!
To me at least, it seemed like Wozniacki was trying to be more aggressive in this match and really going close to the lines. It just wasn’t working and she made some uncharacteristic errors. The tactics were interesting, particularly against a player like Kerber, who picked her off at the net. This has been such a strange year for Wozniacki and I think a lot of it comes down to injuries which may have affected her preparations and her tactics on court. While she seemed to be going for more in this one, it seems confidence is low right now… those two don’t sound like a match made in heaven! I slumped when I heard Wozniacki would be playing Linz. I kind of wish she’d just shut it downnnn for the year and recuperate.
Radwanska faced the prospect of Madison Keys once more in the third round of Beijing but their match was cut short with Keys retiring after losing the first set, 6-3. It was a dangerous one for Aga as she was comprehensively outplayed by Keys at the US Open last month. However, it’s the kind of match-up where Keys has to play blinding tennis to overcome the Pole’s consistency. Radwanska had a slightly shaky second round match against Mona Barthel, winning 6-4 in the third set. The stats from that match though were gooood.
Aga-Angie matches are similar to Angie-Caro matches in the sense that the match-up is really tight and there’s no real pattern in the winner. The pair are tied at 5-5 but Kerber’s won the last two in Stanford and back at the WTA Champs in Istanbul in 2013. In Stanford, Radwanska played lights out for a set and a half but just couldn’t put Kerber away. Kerber didn’t play her best tennis on that occasion but she showed great resolve and was extremely plucky. Both players should be reasonably well rested having not spent that much time on court on Wednesday and having a day off on Thursday. I do like how Beijing schedules their matches through the first couple of rounds. I’d go three sets for sure and once again, i’m going for Kerber. She may not get away with the shaky ending this time though.
It should be a good one and i’ll be rewatching on Friday night!
Prediction: Kerber d. Radwanska in 3 sets