|French Open 2014|
|Agnieszka Radwanska (POL), 3||vs||Ajla Tomljanovic (CRO), 72|
ScheduleSaturday, 31 May 2014 at 11:00 GMT / 12:00 UK / 16:30 IST
Agnieszka Radwanska, currently 3rd on the WTA ranking list, is playing against Ajla Tomljanovic, currently 72nd in the rankings.
Agnieszka Radwanska is emerging as one of the contenders for the title at this year’s Roland Garros, after the elimination of the first two players in the world, Serena Williams and Na Li, which took everyone by surprise. Radwanska still has to win her first major title, and she won’t get a better chance than this one.
She has a clear path to the semifinal ahead, since all of the seeded players who are left in the draw from that quarter have a negative head to head record against her. However, she must nevertheless battle through the matches, and earn her rightful place in the final rounds.
The first obstacle on that road is the Croatian rising star Ajla Tomljanovic. Ajla is only 21 years old and she is near her career high rank on the WTA list. In fact, no matter what she does in this match, she will gain her best ranking yet in the Monday, considering the fact she didn’t feature in this tournament last year, and that she will amass a solid amount of points.
Ajla is a player who didn’t play many matches on the highest level; she competed mostly on the ITF tour up to date. However, she sent a powerful message by defeating the former champion here, Francesca Schiavone, and another experienced player, Elena Vesnina from Russia, both in straight sets. This is so far her best tournament performance, so Radwanska should be very careful in this match.
Ajla already managed to beat higher ranked players this season, such as Hantuchova and Muguruza, and she is really an all-round player, who plays in a similar manner on all surfaces.
It is expected that she will enter the match aggressively, forcing Radwanska to play her best tennis in order to beat her. Tomljanovic didn’t show any signs of backing off in front of the favorites, and shouldn’t do that now either, because that is the right attitude for a young player who is coming through the rankings.
Radwanska will try to dictate rallies from the baseline, and to force Ajla to move more and push her away from her comfort zone, which is in the front of the baseline. For the both players, this should be the main focus of the match, along with the focus on executing their respective game plans – the one who proves to be more successful with that will win the match.
They have never played a match against each other.
Considering all the facts, it is expected that Agnieszka Radwanska will win the match, but she is likely to encounter a stronger opponent on the playing field than anyone expects.