The second round of the United States Open on Wednesday will feature an interesting match-up in the ladies singles draw between Agnieszka Radwanska and Shuai Peng. They have previously met on four occasions, with Radwanska leading the head-to-head series 3-1.
Fourth seed Radwanska was on court for less than 50 minute in her opening round contest at Flushing Meadows, as she defeated Canada’s Sharon Fichman 6-1, 6-0 to reach the second round of the tournament. It was a straightforward contest that saw Aga dominate the entire affair after being broken in her opening service game. She would not drop a single game after that.
“We’ve known each other for a long time going back to the juniors, but we had never played against each other,” Radwanska said. “The first match is always tricky, but today everything was working my way. It was a pretty good start for me.”
Radwanska hit 16 of 21 points on first serve, as well as the majority of Fichman’s first service points as well. She also hit 23 winners en route to winning 12 consecutive games in 47 minutes.
“I had a lot of good matches against top players and a couple of good wins coming into the US Open, especially in Montréal. So, of course that gave me more confidence than I had before. Hopefully, I will continue that same good level here.”
Peng reached the second round of the Open on Monday afternoon after she defeated her fellow countrywoman Zheng Jie 6-3, 6-3 on Court 13. The contest lasted 1 hour and 29 minutes and saw Peng hit 17 winners, 8 unforced errors and win 69% of her first service points. She also converted on 5 of 8 break point opportunities she was given during the match.
This marks the fifth time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour, with Radwanska leading the series 3-1. This is their second meeting at the US Open, the first of which took place four years ago in the second round of the tournament as well and served as the only encounter between the two that Peng was victious in. Can we see a case of Déjà vu on Wednesday afternoon in new York?
Prediction: Agnieszka Radwanksa in Three Sets