Agnieszka Radwanska and Flavia Pennetta will meet in the second round of the Qatar Total Open 2015. This marks the eighth time the two competitors will cross paths on the professional tour, with Radwanska leading the head-to-head series 4-3. While the Pole may hold the overall lead, Pennetta earnedback-to-back victories in their most recent outings on the tour, including in Dubai and the Indian Wells Premier event.
While Radwanska is currently armed with a significant celebrity coach in 18-time Grand Slam champion Martina Navratilova, she has had a tempestuous adjustment period that has allowed her only five wins in four tournaments. Following a second round exit from Sydney at the hands of Garbine Muguruza, the Pole reached the fourth round of the Aussie Open before losing to Venus Williams. She then suffered consecutive defeats in the Fed Cup tie against Russia, and lost in the second round in Dubai to Muguruza again.
Italian No. 1 Flavia Pennetta rallied from a set down to defeat Svetlana Kuznetsova 3-6, 6-4, 6-2. She struck 3 aces, won 71% of her first service points and saved six break points to close out the match three minutes shy of two hours. She will now get an opportunity to earn a third consecutive victory over Radwanska en route to the third round in Doha.
This marks the eighth time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour, with Radwanska leading the series 4-3. Pennetta won their first ever encounter on the professional tour back in 2008, but then underwent a dry spell against the Pole, where she was unable to win even a single set for five years. Radwanska won their following three encounters, but has since lost the most recent two matches against the Italian – in Dubai and Indian Wells. It will be interesting to see If Radwanska continues to struggle against Pennetta.
Prediction: Flavia Pennetta in Three Sets