Agnieszka Radwanska vs Sharon Fichman – US Open 2014 Round 1

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Agnieszka Radwanska

 

Rogers Cup champion Agnieszka Radwanska is set to begin her US Open campaign on Monday afternoon on Louis Armstrong Stadium, where she will meet Sharon Fichman for the first time on the professional tour.

Agnieszka Radwanska, after a months-long slump, burst back into relevance with her title run in Montreal last week. There, she beat three players who had caused her many headaches in the recent past – Sabine Lisicki, Victoria Azarenka and Ekaterina Makarova – before taking care of a fatigued and misfiring Venus Williams in the final. The victory was the Pole’s biggest since Miami 2012, and confirmed that she can indeed beat a succession of harder-hitting players in the right circumstances.

“(It is) one of my biggest titles,” said Radwanska. “As you can see in the draw pretty much all top players. So very, very special title for me.”

Radwanska followed up with a slightly less impressive week in Cincinnati, where she lost to Caroline Wozniacki in her third match at the tournament.

Canada’s Sharon Fichman is yet to play a single match on the North American hard court season, and is currently on a three-match losing streak heading into the US Open. Her last win was on the Challenger circuit in Nottingham and has not won a main draw match on the WTA tour since a Miami victory over Melinda Czink in March.

This marks the first time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour and will likely be a reasonably straightforward contest favoring the Polish no. 1.

Prediction: Agnieszka Radwanska in Straight Sets

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