Throughout the year Agnieszka Radwanska’s ranking has gradually dropped. The former Wimbledon finalist is down at 14 in the world right now. Aga is 34/21 this year and is currently without a title to her name and this could be the first time since 2010 she doesn’t win a singles title. Her opponent in the first round of Tokyo is the unpredictable Coco Vandeweghe who of course had a good Wimbledon like Radwanska getting to the quarter finals and of course at the US Open created history in her win against Sloane Stephens after winning the first set she took part in a mid-match interview with ESPN.
Aga has had success in the past against Coco before leading the head to head 2-0 and she did beat just before the US Open in New Haven where Aga dominated the match 6-0 6-2. My gut feeling is this should be another straight sets win for Aga who has won her four sets against Coco 6-4 6-3 6-2 6-0 without dropping a set. I like Aga I think technically she is probably one of the best on the tour at producing exceptional drop shots and lob shots. What I think lets her down and why I don’t think she is a top 10 player is her serve, consistency and ability to sustain power during rallies against other top players.
With Coco you just never know which one will turn up. Either the explosive player who defeated Pliskova and Safarova and pushed Sharapova at Wimbledon or the frustrated player who loses to a player ranked outside the top 100 and ends up smashing her racket. Consistency is a big problem for her. Her win/loss is 17/19 this year and has won only two of her last seven matches on the tour against Yulia Putintseva and Sloane Stephens.
I expect a straight sets win for Aga but we have seen Coco produce great tennis in the past and I do believe she does have the game on her racket to potentially cause an upset.
One thing I can’t see happening is another mid-match interview 😉