(4) Agnieszka Radwanska vs (12) Caroline Wozniacki
Good friends Agnieszka Radwanska and Caroline Wozniacki will put their friendship aside on Friday when they do battle for a spot in the semi-finals at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati.
After claiming her first title of the season last week in Montreal, Agnieszka Radwanska has cruised through her opening two matches in Cincinnati. Aga thumped an erratic Sabine Lisicki 6-1 6-1 in her third round match on Thursday. Aga wrapped up the victory in just 51 minutes, winning 56 points to 26. It was a solid performance from Aga, she did what she had to do. The Pole remained solid throughout the match, hitting 8 winners to just 7 unforced errors whilst watching Sabine blast 37 unforced errors. Aga faces a very different opponent on Friday and will need to work much harder if she is to progress to the semi-finals.
Caroline Wozniacki notched up her third consecutive straight set victory in Cincinnati on Thursday, with a 7-5 6-2 victory over Angelique Kerber in the third round. It was Kerber who made the more promising start but Wozniacki soon found herself in control. The story of the opening set was Angie’s inability to take advantage of the numerous break point chances she had. The Dane made her pay, breaking to love in the twelfth game to take the opening set. Kerber seemed to lose concentration in the second set, hitting unforced error after unforced error. A part from a slight wobble when serving for the match at 5-1, Wozniacki’s second set was pretty flawless. Wozniacki’s victory over Kerber was her first top 10 victory in over a year.
Aga has won the last three meetings between these two. However Caroline Wozniacki has a slight advantage in the overall head-to-head, leading 5-4. Both ladies are full of confidence at the moment; Radwanska is on a 7 match winning streak whilst Wozniacki has won 11 of her last 12 matches. Aga had little time to prepare for this tournament, having just one day to prepare after her victory over Venus Williams in the final of the Rogers Cup. Aga has cruised through her opening two matches in Cincinnati so fatigue shouldn't be an issue on Friday.
Aga has much more variety in her game and assuming she isn’t under the weather, she should prevail over her good friend. Despite Caro’s victory over Kerber on Thursday, I’m still not convinced she has improved enough to consistently defeat top 10 players.
Prediction: Agnieszka Radwanska to defeat Caroline Wozniacki in straight sets