For the second time in two months, Agnieszka Radwanska and Venus Williams will cross paths on the WTA Tour. The American leads the head-to-head series 6-4, including a win in their most recent encounter back at the Aussie Open, where Venus has prevailed. It will be interesting to see if the American can maintain that momentum given her grueling encounters so far in Doha.
Up against resurgent Italian Flavia Pennetta in the second round, Radwanska was able to earn the victory with relative ease, as she dropped just two games in the entire match. The Polish No. 1 won the contest 6-1, 6-1, where she struck 3 aces, won 77% of her first service points, and faced no break points en route to the victory in 49 minutes. It virtually the opposite to what her upcoming opponent faced en route to the final eight in Doha.
Not only did former world No. 1 Venus Williams edge Barbora Zahlavova Strycova in an all out battle on Centre Court in Doha, she saved a match point in the process and completed the contest well past midnight in the Gulf. The pairing split the first two sets 10 minutes shy of two hours on court, after which they embarked on a enthralling decider. Eventually, Venus found one final reserve of energy, and pushed past her opponent 7-5, 3-6, 7-6(5).
This marks the eleventh time that these two competitors will cross paths on the professional tour, with Williams leading the series 6-4. Up until their most recent meeting at the Australian Open, Radwanska has won the last three consecutive meetings, dating back to the 2012 Miami Masters. She has also not lost a set to Venus in that entire period of time, but was then handed a 6-3 2-6 6-1 loss in the fourth round of the Aussie Open. She will look to avenge that loss this time around.
Prediction: Agnieszka Radwanska in Three Sets