At one point in her career–during a breakout 2012 campaign–Christina McHale was ranked high enough to earn seeding status at Grand Slams. But she will be ruing the fact that this is no longer the case. Left at the mercy of the Australian Open draw as the No. 66 player in the world, McHale has to go up against fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska during first-round action on Monday. Check out the Radwanska vs McHale H2H stats.
To say the American’s past history against Radwanska has been a failure would be a gross understatement. Not only is the Pole 3-0 in the head-to-head series, but she has dominated all three previous encounters in easy straight sets. Radwanska cruised 6-1, 6-0 in Carlsbad five seasons ago, 6-1, 6-1 one year later in Doha, and 6-3, 6-1 on the grass courts of Nottingham last summer.
Nothing about their respective current form suggests a turning of the tide is in store at Melbourne Park. McHale advanced one round in Auckland but then got clobbered 6-0, 6-2 by third-seeded Caroline Wozniacki. The 23-year-old then lost in the Hobart first round. Radwanska wrapped up last season by winning her last two tournaments, including the WTA Finals in Singapore. In that event she scored wins over Simona Halep, Garbine Muguruza, and Petra Kvitova. The 26-year-old extended her title streak to three when she triumphed earlier this month in Shenzhen.
Radwanska is a one-time Grand Slam runner-up (Wimbledon 2012) and has reached semifinals on three other occasions–including at the 2014 Australian Open. She has not lost prior to the quarterfinals Down Under since 2010. And as McHale’s struggles in this matchup suggest, as does her recent loss to Wozniacki, she is not yet ready to compete with the game’s best players. Everything points to an entirely routine win for the favorite on the opening day of action at the season’s first major.
Prediction – Radwanska in straight sets