Following impressive starts to the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, Agnieszka Radwanska and Garbine Muguruza will cross paths for a fourth time on the WTA tour when they meet in the third round of the tournament on Wednesday. Radwanska leads the head-to-head series 2-1 but lost their most recent encounter at the beginning of the season in Sydney.
Radwanska was required to battle hard for her victory against an inspired Caroline Garcia on Tuesday, as she defeated her French adversary in three sets 6-3, 2-6, 6-3. The Pole’s biggest adversary in the contest was the extreme heat, which forced her to take an eight-minute medical timeout before edging out the victory in the decider.
“I came from Poland under different conditions, and there was a lot of sickness going on out there. Everybody was sick,” Radwanska said. “I came here not really 100% well. But I think the most important part is that I was able to finish that match and win that match, so that’s the most important thing.”
The Pole will come up against Spain’s Garbine Muguruza, who had little trouble getting past former Serbian No. 1 Jelena Jankovic. She defeated the former Top 5 player 6-3, 6-1 in exactly 61 minutes to advance to the third round of the tournament. Muguruza struck 3 aces, won 91% of her first service points, and secured five breaks of serve to close out the match with relative ease.
The first two meetings between these competitors both ended in victories for Radwanska. She earned her first win at the Miami Masters I 2012, while the second victory took place at the Australian Open last season However, the Spaniard proved that she is not one to count out of tournaments, as she upset Aga in their most recent meeting in Sydney, and will be on alert for another potential upset on Wednesday.
Prediction: Garbine Muguruza in Three Sets