Konta vs. Radwanska
|Date & Time||Sunday October 9, 2016, 12:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Radwanska -212 / Konta +177 -- Over/Under:
Agnieszka Radwanska and Johanna Konta meet in the 2016 China Open Final early Sunday morning.
Agnieszka Radwanska is coming off a straight sets win over Elina Svitolina that took 22 games to decide. Radwanska has yet to drop a set this tournament and her first set against Svitolina was the only tiebreak she’s faced. Radwanska is making her usual push late in the season and now finds herself in the top-three in the world. Her rock solid play the last few months has been very impressive and she’s not making many unforced errors, putting all of the pressure on her opponent. Add in her improved serve and Radwanska is extremely tough to beat at this very moment. Radwanska hopes to win her third title this season and hasn’t lost a final appearance since the 2015 Aegon International. Radwanska has won her last five final appearances. Radwanska is 16-5 in final appearances on hard court.
Johanna Konta is coming off a three set win over Madison Keys that took 33 games to decide. Konta has now beaten two ranked players to get to this point and has dropped two sets this tournament. Konta continues to play very clean tennis and is simply getting the ball in play consistently, forcing her opponent to make the extra shot. You could make an argument that Konta has had the best 2016 season of any player on the women's side, as she’s now a top-10 player and still has a chance to clinch a spot in the WTA Finals. Konta has certainly arrived and now has a chance at her biggest victory at 25 years old. Konta has 10 career victories over top-10 players with seven of them coming this season. This is Konta’s second career final appearance with her first coming in this years Stanford Classic. Konta hopes to go two for two in final appearances.
These two have met once in the past, which was in this years Cincinnati Masters, a match Radwanska won in three sets. The match took 29 games to decide.
Konta has made it tough to bet against her, as she’s been solid for quite some time and has clearly established herself as one of the more consistent players at this very moment. Konta is a player to keep a close eye on heading into next season. However, Radwanska hasn’t dropped a set this tournament and has far more experience in these type of matches. Radwanska is also capable of taking her game to another level and has won nine of her last 12 finals.
Konta and the plus money is intriguing, but Radwanska should win this match given her current form.