Following two consecutive Premier Mandatory events, world No. 13 Ana Ivanovic will spend the next week south of the border, as she takes part in the Monterry Open in Mexico. Ivanovic’s first scheduled opponent is Poland’s Urszula Radwanska, to whom Ivanovic trails 1-2 in the head-to-head series. Considering Ivanovic’s strong season so far, it will be interesting to see if she can level the series tomorrow afternoon.
The Serbian No. 2 began her month at Indian Wells, where she exited in the second round to young American Sloane Stephens. She managed to go one round deeper in Miami, defeating Lauren Davis and Indian Wells champion Flavia Pennetta before succumbing to Czech No. 1 Petra Kvitova. She will now be looking for a stronger showing here in Monterrey, where she is competing for the second time in her career. Ivanovic has never gone past the second round at this event, losing to Hungary’s Timea Babos last year.
World No. 65 Urszula Radwanska is coming off a first round exit to Nadia Petrova in the opening round of the Sony Open Tennis. It was her fourth consecutive loss dating back to the ITF Midland event in February. She is yet to earn her first WTA Tour level win, having only managed two wins at an ITF event earlier in the season.
While Radwanska holds a 2-1 lead in the head-to-head series, including the most recent victory in Rome last season, she will have her hands full when she steps across from Ivanovic in the opening round. Her Rome victory took place on clay, putting them at 1-1 on hard courts, and while the Pole knows how to approach Ivanovic’s game, the Serb has been in fine form this season and will likely hold a significant advantage in Monterrey.
Prediction: Ana Ivanovic in Three Sets