An intriguing match-up is scheduled for the BNP Katowice Open semi-final, as top seed Agnieszka Radwanska and fourth seed Alize Cornet get set to meet for the third time this season. While only one of their meetings this year was on the WTA tour, Radwanksa still holds an unblemished 3-0 record against Cornet in the head-to-head series and will be looking to extend that further.
World No 3 Agnieszka Radwanska breezed into the semi-final round in Katowice, as she defeated Yvonne Meusburger 6-4, 6-1. The first set was a straightforward one, and while Aga was broken twice, her one crucial break of serve allowed her to snatch the opening set. The latter stages of the match appeared to be far more lop-sided, as Radwanksa stormed to a 5-0 lead before being broken for 5-1 as she was serving for the match. The comeback would not last, as Aga would take another break of serve to close out the match 6-1.
Radwanksa had another strong display of serve throughout the match, as she struck 7 aces and won 62% of her first service points. She did suffer three breaks of serve during the match, yet they ultimately did not impact the result of the match.
“It felt great to play in front of a packed house of Polish fans!” she added.
- Katowice is about 47 miles away from her home in Krakow.
- Radwanska is looking for her 14th WTA title.
- Radwanska is the fourth player to reach 20 wins so far this season.
- This is the third time Radwanska is playing a WTA event in Poland.
- Radwanska’s 1st event in Poland was also her first WTA main draw event. (Warsaw 2006)
French No. 1 Alize Cornet needed three sets to arrive at the Katowice semi-finals, as she defeated Koukalova 6-2, 0-6,-2 to set up her third clash with Aga this season (their 2nd on the WTA tour). The match last 1 hour and 48 minutes and was a turbulent affair, as Cornet needed to save 9/16 break point attempts, all of which she saved in the first and third sets. The world No. 22 is taking part in a fantastic season, and will be looking to earn her first victory over the Pole en route to a WTA tour final.
- Cornet provided one of the biggest upsets of the season, when she defeated world No. 1 Serena Williams to set up a Dubai final against Venus Williams.
This marks the fifth time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour, with Radwanksa maintaining a perfect 3-0 record against Cornet. The two have already met twice this season, once at the Hopman Cup final (not considered in the h2h series), and last month at the Indian Wells fourth round. The French No. 1 has never managed to take a set of Radwanksa in a professional encounter, and will be in a tough situation to do so tomorrow afternoon, as she steps on hostile territory to face the local favourite for a spot in the final.
Prediction: Agnieszka Radwanska in Straight Sets