It has been a bizarre few months for Polish No. 1 Agnieszka Radwanska and she will look to put it all behind her when she begins her campaign at the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix event in Stuttgart. She will begin her week against Italy’s Sara Errani. She has faced her Italian adversary on nine previous occasions and leads the head-to-head series 7-2. However, their clay court h2h is 2-2 and it will be interesting to see if the Polish star can bring an end to her turbulent few months on the tour.
After alternating between wins and losses for the first three tournaments of the season all the way up to the Miami Masters, it was clear that Radwanska was far from her usual self. Even though she was armed with a part-time coach in Martina Navratilova, the Polish star was unable to get a foothold in many of her matches and began suffering surprising losses, such as a 6-4, 6-4 fall to Heather Watson. She managed to reach the fourth round in Miami and the semi-final stage in Katowice, but it was not enough to turn the tide in her favour. Katowice was a tournament tailor made for her success and she was still unable to win the title on home soil.
Most recently, Radwanska suffered a bizarre 6-1, 6-1 loss to Timea Bacsinszky at the Poland vs. Switzerland Fed Cup tie after beating Martina Hingis on Saturday 6-4, 6-0.
While Sara Errani’s 2015 WTA season has not been anything to write home about, she has not been struggling as much as her Polish counterpart. She reached the semi-final stage in Monterrey and the quarter-final round in Charleston. Most recently, she defeated Lauren Davis in the Italy vs USA tie. She then lost to Serena Williams in three sets on Saturday.
This marks the 10th time that Radwanska and Errani will cross paths on the professional tour, with the Pole leading the series 7-2. Radwanska won their most recent meting nearly two years ago in Toronto, while Errani won their most recent clay court meeting at the 2013 French Open. Given the recent trajectories for both players, it is safe to assume that Errani, the better clay court player, will have the advantage this time around.
Prediction: Sara Errani in Three Sets