This will be Agnieszka Radwanska’s first match since that heart-breaking defeat against Sabine Lisicki in the Wimbledon semi-final. She has enjoyed the hard courts this season with titles in Auckland and Sydney, semi-finals in Doha and Miami and quarter-finals in Dubai and the Australian Open. She is a former semi-finalist in Stanford, but as the top seed this year, she will be strongly fancied to go all the way, particularly after Stosur’s defeat last night.
Francesca Schiavone battled her way past Mallory Burdette in the first round. She was poor to begin with, rapidly going a break down, but she simply had too much variety and guile for Burdette in the end. She played plenty of slices and junk balls and just waited for Burdette to make the errors, which came in abundance as the match progressed. However, she has struggled for wins on the hard courts this year, with this victory being just her third of the season.
Francesca Schiavone leads the head-to-head 4-3, although the Pole has won all of the last three contests between them, once on each surface. However, they have not played since 2011 and clearly their careers have followed opposite trajectories since then.
What They Said
“I went home and had a couple of days off after Wimbledon. I didn’t touch a racquet for five days” – Agnieszka Radwanska on dealing with her semi-final defeat at Wimbledon
It would seem likely that this is the best time to beat Radwanska if there is any rust in her game after a few weeks off, but I simply cannot see Schiavone being the player to do it. While her variety is often a real weapon, the Pole will deal with it all day long and will be able to use her own wide range of shots to move Schiavone around the court. I would be very surprised if this is not an easy straight sets win for Aga.
The Rest of the Matches
Tamira Paszek made it through after Alla Kudryavtseva retired in the third set of their match. She really should have won it in two, but the lack of confidence was clear to see and she is still far from the player that reached the top-30 earlier this year. Lepchenko should beat her without too many problems. Coco Vandeweghe loves playing her and was very impressive against the tricky Niculescu, dropping just three games. On these courts, her game is very dangerous and it would be no huge surprise to see her knock out the fifth seed, Sorana Cirstea, here.