Radwanska vs. Azarenka
|Date & Time||Monday March 26, 2018, 11:00 PM (EDT)|
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Victoria Azarenka and Agnieszka Radwanska meet in the fourth round of the tennis 2018 Miami Open.
Victoria Azarenka is coming off a three sets win over Anastasija Sevastova that took 26 games to decide. In the victory, Azarenka won 68 percent of her first serve points and 40 percent of her second serve points. Azarenka continues to look good for somebody with limited matches under her belt, and she won 69 percent of her total service points in her recent victory. Azarenka did struggle out of the gate, but she lost just five games in the final two sets and seems to be gaining confidence with each point. Azarenka likely entered this tournament as a chance to get her feet wet, but she has a shot to make at least the quarters in four of her last six Miami Open appearances. Azarenka has won 10 of her last 11 matches on hard court.
Agnieszka Radwanska is coming off a three sets win over Simona Halep that took 26 games to decide. In the victory, Radwanska won 60 percent of her first serve points and 48 percent of her second serve points. Radwanska has gotten of to a shaky start to the season, and she didn’t even play that well in her recent win, but she’ll certainly take a victory over the top ranked player in the world. Radwanska has had issues with her serve this tournament and it’s led to some early exits, but she’s winning 53 percent of her return points this tournament and has produced 13 breaks in her last two matches. Radwanska has a chance to reach her first quarterfinal appearance in the Miami Open since 2014. Radwanska has split her last eight matches on hard court.
These two have played 17 times and Azarenka has won 12 of those meetings. The most recent match was in the 2014 Canadian Masters, a match Radwanska won in straight sets. Radwanska has actually won the last two meetings, and six of the last seven overall have been decided in straight sets.
These two haven’t played each other in a while, so I’m not sure how much you can factor into the head to head numbers. What is clear however is that Azarenka owns Radwanska when both are healthy, and that likely has a lot to do with one having more power and being aggressive on offense. Radwanska can be pushed around the court at times and struggle to control the tempo. Radwanska hasn’t played her best so far this season even after beating Halep, and Azarenka seems to be getting her feet under her quicker than expected.
I’ll side with Azarenka in a competitive match.