Third seed Agnieszka Radwanska is through to the third round of the Italian Open, where she will next meet Italy’s Francesca Schiavone for a spot in the quarter-finals of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia. This marks the tenth time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour, with Radwanksa leading the head-to-head series at 5-4. The Polish star has won the their last five consecutive meetings dating back to 2011.
World No. 3 Agnieszka Radwanska reached the third round in Rome after defeating Paula Ormaechea 6-3, 6-2 in her opening contest this week. It was a typical performance from the Polish No. 1, who hit one ace, saved both break points she faced on her serve, and won 73 percent of her points on first serve.
Italy’s Francesca Schiavone picked up one of the biggest upsets of the tournament so far when she defeated top ranked Canadian Eugenie Bouchard in straight sets to reach the second round. She would follow up with a tougher three set battle against Spainish youngster Muguruza, whom she defeated 3-6, 6-1, 7-6(5).
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. Radwanska 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