Polish No. 1 Agnieszka Radwanska will have an opportunity to exact revenge on her recent vanquisher Varvara Lepchenko when they cross paths for the seventh time at the International-level event in Seoul. Radwanska leads the series 5-1 but lost their most recent meeting this year in Stanford.
Defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska cruised into the quarter-final round after serving Israel’s Chanelle Scheepers a double bagel, 6-0, 6-0 in just 49 minutes. The top seed faced a couple of break points early on but withstood Scheepers attempts and dominated the remainder of the encounter.
“The match was good, and very tight, but I don’t think I served well enough. It was the worst thing for me in the match and didn’t help me at all,” Radwanska said that day. “But overall I felt good on the court. Just the first match is always tricky, and she was a really tough opponent for the first round.”
Fifth seed Varvara Lepchenko dispatched South Korean wildcard Na-Lee 7-5, 6-1 to reach the quarter-final round. She had to rebound from a slow start whee she trailed 5-3 but eventually went on to win 8 of the next 11 games to close out the match.
“Overall I think I started a bit slowly, but I managed to put it together and started playing better and getting my focus together in the second set,” Lepchenko said. “It was just about staying in the game and staying focused at the right moments. I got more comfortable as the match went on.”
This marks the seventh time these two competitors will met on the professional tour with Radwanska leading the series 5-1. While she should remain in command of the series, her recent loss to Varvara makes this a far more compelling encounter tis time around.
Prediction: Agnieszka Radwanksa in Three Sets