In one of the most entertaining match-ups to reach the later stages of the 2015 Australian Open, Agnieszka Radwanska and Venus Williams will meet for a tenth time on the professional tour. The American leads the head-to-head series, but not by much. Venus holds five wins, while Radwanska has four. Check out the Williams v Radwanska Head to Head matches.
After storming through the first set without dropping a single game, Agnieszka Radwanska needed two tries to serve out the match against Varvara Lepchenko for a 6-0, 7-5 finish. The Polish No. 1 hit 23 winners, 5 aces and won 83% of his first service points to close out the contest in 1 hour and 24 minutes.
“I think it was a very good match. I start very well. I play really aggressive and I was really serving good and returning good. In the second set, of course I could finish that set much earlier. Serving against the sun is not fun. But I’m just very happy that I could close that set and just win.”
Venus Williams was within a few points away from a premature exit from the Australian Open but managed to recover just in time to mount an impressive comeback and end Camila Giorgi’s run in Melbourne. Williams rallied back from a set and a break down to defeat the Italian 4-6, 7-6(3), 6-1 to advance to the final 16 of the tournament.
“She played amazing,” Williams said of Giorgi’s performance. “Thought she played awesome and just so aggressive. Everything was working for her. I’ve never played her before, so it’s challenging to get a rhythm against her. It’s challenging to know what the exact plays are. As the match went on I think I was able to get a little bit more settled and figure that out a little bit. But she played great.”
This marks the tenth time that these two competitors will cross paths on the professional tour, with Williams leading the series 5-4. While the American holds the slight edge, Radwanska has won the last three consecutive meetings, dating back to the 2012 Miami Masters. She has also not lost a set to Venus in that entire period of time and will look to remain dominant against her in their upcoming encounter.
Prediction: Agnieszka Radwanska in Three Sets