World No. 4 Agnieszka Radwanska reached the third round of the Wimbledon Championships on Wednesday afternoon with a comfortable straight sets victory and will now meet Portugal’s Michelle Larcher De Brito, whom she lost to in their only professional meeting six years ago. Now, as vastly different athletes, the two will meet again in what promises to be an entertaining encounter.
Polish No. 1 Agnieszka Radwanska may have finished her match in dominant fashion but she did face a bit of friction in the opening set. She went up a break in the opening set but Casey Dellacqua forced her way back on serve at 4-5. That was the last game she managed to win, as Radwanska went into top gear and won the next eight straight games to finish the match 6-4, 6-0. It was a fantastic display from Radwanska, who struck 19 winners to just 8 unforced errors to close out the contest on Centre Court in 56 minutes.
“It’s always great to be out on Centre Court, especially here, where I have my best Grand Slam memories,” Radwanska said. “Wimbledon is the only Grand Slam where I did the final, so of course I have the best memories here on Centre Court. I was really looking forward to playing there again. I think the surface has a lot to do with it. Grass is a surface I’ve really liked since the beginning. I’ve been playing here since 2005. Unfortunately the season on grass isn’t that long. But that’s why I really wanted to do well here.”
World No. 102 Michelle Larcher de Brito matched her third round showing in the 2013 Championships by securing her spot in the very same stage of the tournament this year as well. She did so with a three-set win over Australia’s Jamilia Gajdosova. While she hit less winners and aces than her opponent (0-6 aces and 30-39 winners) the difference was in the unforced errors, where de Brito hit 16 and Gajdosova hit 31.
This is the second time these two competitors will cross paths on the professional tour with de Brito leading the series 1-0 with a victory six years ago at the Sony Open. Radwanska is a far stronger player now and has a wealth of top-level experience in her arsenal, not to mention a bag full of crafty tricks. This will likely be another strong performance from the Polish star, as she continues her campaign to the second week of the tournament.
Prediction: Agnieszka Radwanska in Straight Sets