An intriguing quarter-final match-up between world No. 3 Agnieszka Radwanska and France’s Caroline Garcia will take place on Friday afternoon in Madrid. This is the first time these two competitors will meet on the tour, and will be an interesting one considering Garcia’s recent trend of upset wins.
Third seed Agnieszka Radwanska weathered a significant storm on Wednesday afternoon, and then continued her campaign for a Madrid Open title on Thursday, when she met Italy’s Roberta Vinci in the third round of tournament on Friday. She would drop only two games in the match en route to extending her head-to-head record against Vinci to 7-1.
Earlier in the week, the world No. 3 came back from the brink of defeat on Wednesday afternoon, as she snapped a six-match losing streak to Svetlana Kuznetsova by defeating her in three sets. She stormed to a 4-0 lead in the opening set before closing it out 6-3. She would lose the second set 4-6, and dropped to 1-4 in the decider before reeling off the next four consecutive games to take a 5-4 lead before forcing a tiebreak. She would once again drop to 3-6 in the tiebreak before she won the next five consecutive points to win 7-6(6). Her third round match-up was far less complicated, and will likely leave her energized for another grueling encounter on Friday.
World No. 51 Caroline Garcia had received a walkover into her third round match-up against Italian No. 1 Sara Errani, which she took full advantage of to defeat her in three sets. Garcia would take the opening set 6-2, but would drop the second one 4-6, before finding the necessary break in the third to steal the match 6-3. Following her title win in Bogota several weeks back, Garcia will be looking to continue her streak further with her biggest win of the season over Radwanska.
This is the first time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour, and will likely be a more competitive contest than their rankings would suggest. Garcia has shown fine form on clay this season, and while Radwanska is playing some fantastic tennis this week, this will certainly not be a walk in the park for the Polish No.1.
Prediction: Agnieszka Radwanska in Three Sets