|French Open 2014|
|Agnieszka Radwanska (POL), 3||vs||Karolina Pliskova (CZE), 53|
ScheduleWednesday, 28 May 2014 at 18:00 GMT / 19:00 UK / 23:30 IST
Agnieszka Radwanska, currently 3rd on the WTA ranking list is playing against Karolina Pliskova, currently 53rd in the rankings.
Radwanska is one of the favorites of the tournament, especially after Na Li’s early exit. The Polish player has never won a Grand Slam title, but it seems that this year’s tournament could be her big chance.
Radwanska passed the first round without missing a beat, she beat Shuai Zhang 6:3, 6:0. Pliskova also cruised to the second round with a 2:0 victory against Mathilde Johansson.
Radwanska isn’t facing a difficult draw, until a provisional semifinal match against Serena Williams. She could play Vesnina in the third round; Radwanska has a 5:1 record against the player. Her 4th round provisional opponent is Carla Suarez Navaro, and she leads 3:0 against her. In the quarterfinals, she could play against Kerber, Penetta, Bouchard or Hantuchova, and with all of them Radwanska has a positive head to head. Perhaps the toughest rival for her would be Penetta, who beat her twice this year, but it seems that the Polish tennis player has a straight forward draw up to the semis with Serena.
Considering the match against Pliskova, it seems that she shouldn’t trouble Radwanska at all. Agnieszka controlled her first round match well, she was even more aggressive than she tends to be usually, but she played with a minimum of unforced errors. Pliskova probably won’t survive many long and intensive rallies which Radwanska forces and she will try her luck in aggressive play and try to shorten the points as much as she can.
However, Radwanska should be very cautious in this match because it seems that Pliskova found her best form right before Roland Garros. She reached a final in Nurnberg, where she lost to Bouchard, but she previously beat a top 10 player in that tournament – Angelique Kerber.
Radwanska had a stint of solid results this season, but apart from a victory against Azarenka in Australian Open, she practically didn’t do anything. In every big tournament Radwanska lost from the lower ranked players, and she needs a good result in this tournament to retain her current WTA position.
Radwanska is a player who is known for steady, constant displays throughout the tournament, and you can often make a prediction after watching her first match. If that is the case this year in Paris, Radwanska could be in for an excellent tournament.
These two players played one match up to date. It was in Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur two years ago. Radwanska won the match in two tight sets – 6:4, 6:4.
Based on what we saw in the first round, it is expected that Radwanska will easily dispatch this opponent and train for the next season