Agnieszka Radwanska vs Flavia Pennetta WTA Indian Wells 2014 Final Preview

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Following their first meeting in 2014 at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, world No. 3 Agnieszka Radwanska and Italy’s Flavia Pennetta will meet once again, this time in the final of the BNP Paribas Open. This marks the sixth time the two competitors will cross paths on the professional tour, with Radwanska leading the head-to-head series 3-2. While the Pole may hold the overall lead, Pennetta earned the most recent victory in Dubai last month.

Radwanska reached the finals at Indian Wells by avenging her loss to Simona Halep in the semi-final round. The Pole stormed to a 4-0 lead in the opening set before closing it out 6-3. Halep was more competitve in the second set, as she broke for a 3-1 lead, but that only boosted Radwanska effort as she reeled off five of the next six games to close the match out, 6-3 6-4.

“I played her a couple of weeks ago, so I kind of knew how she’s playing – obviously she had really great results for the last couple months,” Radwanska said afterwards. “First of all, she’s a very solid player. A lot of things come back and she’s really playing deep balls. What I was trying to do today was play aggressive from the beginning of the match and really just try to go for my shots. I was lucky.”

Radwanska has now managed to avenge one of her few losses this season and will now look to avenge another one: her second round loss to Pennetta at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.

“Unfortunately I lost to her the last time – we played in Dubai,” Radwanska said. “I think similar to Halep, I’m looking forward to playing her and getting a little bit of revenge. It’ll be a tough one.”

While it may not have been the prettiest of contests, No. 20 seeded Flavia Pennetta upset top seed Li Na to arrive at the finals of the Premier Mandatory event at Indian Wells.  While Pennetta has played three regular Premier-level finals before, winning Los Angeles in in 2009 and finishing runner-up at Los Angeles and Zürich in 2008, this could arguably be considered her biggest one yet.

“I have to be really aggressive. I have to go for winners,” Pennetta said of Radwanska. “But I can’t rush too much, because she’s a wall. I mean, I have to make seven times the winners against her.

“But I played really well against her in Dubai, so I hope to play the same way this time.”

This marks the sixth time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour, with Radwanska leading the series 3-2. Pennetta won their first ever encounter on the professional tour back in 2008, but Radwanska won their following three encounters, as well as a Hopman Cup meeting earlier this year. While that may be the case, Pennetta managed to shock Radwanska in the second round in Dubai, defeating her in straight sets 6-4, 6-1. It will be interesting to see if Pennetta can repeat her efforts tomorrow evening in one of the biggest finals of her career.
While Pennetta shocked Radwanska the last time they met, the Italian has gone up against strong hitters in her last few matches and will need to tactically readjust if she is to find a way to win against a crafty shotmaker like Radwanska. While this will likely be a tightly contested match-up, I believe the world No. 3 will find a way to avenge her loss in three sets.

Prediction: Agnieszka Radwanska in Three Sets

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2 thoughts on “Agnieszka Radwanska vs Flavia Pennetta WTA Indian Wells 2014 Final Preview

  1. how wonderful for flavia to win. very impressive. she has been on the circuit for fifteen years, a well deserved win.
    radwanska became emotional and rightfully so,theres always next year. flavia is the first italian to win a final!!!!

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