Top seed Agnieszka Radwanska is through to the second round on home soil, where she will next meet Italy’s Francesca Schiavone for a spot in the quarter-finals of the BNP Paribas Katowice. This marks the ninth time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour, with the head-to-head series tied at 4-4. The Polish star has won the their last four consecutive meetings dating back to 2011.
World No. 3 Agnieszka Radwanska breezed into the second round on home turf, as she defeated Czech wildcard Krystina Pliskova 6-3, 6-2 in 69 minutes. Aga held all nine of her service games and managed to break serve three times to secure the victory. One of the most notable aspects of her match on Tuesday was her strong serving, as the Pole hit 5 aces, three of which were hit in consecutive fashion.
“It’s always hard to play against a lefty big-server like Kristyna, who is very talented and never gives you too much rhythm,” Radwanska said. “I had to play very well today to win this match.”
Radwanska is now 19-6 in 2014, and will be aiming to extend her win record past 20 wins over her week in Katowice.
- Katowice is about 47 miles away from her home in Krakow.
- Radwanska is looking for her 14th WTA title.
- This is the third time Radwanska is playing a WTA event in Poland.
- Radwanska’s 1st event in Poland was also her first WTA main draw event. (Warsaw 2006)
World No. 48 Francesca Schiavone had an even easier opening round match, as she defeated Dushevina 6-0, 6-2 to set up the intriguing second round encounter with the local favourite. The Italian hit 3 aces and won 75% of her 1st service points to secure the win in 57 minutes.
- Schiavone broke a a 7-match losing streak to win her first match in 2014 last month at Indian Wells. She is now 2-9 this season.
This marks the ninth time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour, with the head-to-head series tied at 4-4. The Polish star has won the their last four consecutive meetings in straight sets dating back to 2011. Radwanksa will certainly be the favourite in tomorrow’s match-up and will likely extend her streak to five consecutive wins on Thursday afternoon.
Prediction: Agnieszka Radwanska in Straight Sets