A sizzling opening round encounter between third seed Agnieszka Radwanska and Canadian No. 1 Eugenie Bouchard is scheduled to take place in Madrid. This marks the first time these two top WTA stars will meet on the professional circuit, which will certainly add to the intrigue for the contest.
World No. 3 Agnieszka Radwanska has had a strong season so far in 2014, having reached the semi-final at the Australian Open and the final at Indian Wells, which boosted her ranking to its current high. While she is coming off a disappointing loss to Alize Cornet in the Katowice semi-final, she rebounded with a strong 2-0 weekend for her Fed Cup team, but would have her momentum halted in the quarter-final round of Stuttgart, when she lost to eventual champion Maria Sharapova.
With Victoria Azarenka being forced to withdraw due to a foot injury, Serena Williams, Li Na, Agnieszka Radwanska and Simona Halep are the Top 4 seeds at the event this year. Radwanksa is placed in the third quarter, and is she beats Bouchard in the opening round, she will face a potential quarter-final against No.7 seed Angelique Kerber.
Canadian No. 1 Eugenie Bouchard was upset in the quarter-final round of the Portugal Open last week, when she lost to world No. 29 Svetlana Kuznetsova. The world No. 18 is 20-9 so far this season, and has already reached two semi-finals, including the Australian Open and Charelston. Her loss to Kuznetsova was her sixth loss this season to a player ranked below her in the rankings, which is a sign of her inconsistency during this growth period. When the Canadian is on form, she is capable of producing magnificent tennis, but is also capable of losing her focus and increasing her unforced errors.
This marks the first time these two top WTA stars will meet on the professional circuit, which will certainly add to the intrigue for the contest. Their only other contest took place at the Hopman Cup before the start of the 2014 season.
Prediction: Agnieszka Radwanska in Three Sets