Williams v Radwanska Indian Wells semi-final preview

By Ros Satar – In Indian Wells

  • Serena Williams [1] v Agnieszka Radwanska [3]
  • Williams leads H2H 9-0
  • Radwanska has only ever taken a set off Williams once

INDIAN WELLS, USA – Agnieszka Radwanska will hope she can pull off all her ninja skills when she takes on Serena Williams for the 10th time in their careers, looking for her first win.

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Radwanska has made a name for herself throughout her career for utilising the whole court, angles, and just a tiny bit of magic sometimes to be one of the most consistent players on the tour over the last decade.

She hit the Top 10 in 2008 and has only once been out of is, slipping into the Top 20 in 2010, and has reached one Grand Slam final – Wimbledon 2012. There she lost to Williams, but that was the only time she was able to fight back and win a set off the American.

There were high hopes when she faced Williams once more in the Australian Open semi-final, but was blown off the court in the first set with nary a game to show for it, before finally getting herself back into it before Williams closed her down for a straight sets win.

Remembering back to that match, Williams said: “I think it was one of my best matches. I played pretty well the whole week. I just remember being aggressive and going forward and keeping my errors down, even though in the second set she made a great effort to come back and try to push for a third set.

“But I was able to get back in there and close it out. Even though the score-line was one way, it was definitely a good match.”

Radwanska on the other hand was aiming for some new cheesecake variety and watching the encounter between Williams and now ousted defending champion Simona Halep and knew that whoever it was she would face, it was likely to be tough.

“I really have nothing to lose against both of them. This is the semifinal of a really big tournament. Well, I just hope I can really play good tennis that I was playing last few days, and that’s it. You know, goal is to win, but it’s not gonna be easy, that’s for sure.”

With her place in the semi-final Radwanska is now back in the No. 2 spot, vacated by Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber – but the real question is can she at least regain some of that Wimbledon form that saw her push Williams to a third set for the only time.

There is no doubt that Radwanska’s strengths play to the grass, but Williams believed that the courts here help with the Pole’s ability to run down everything.

And if she can throw in some of her outrageous shot-making – then we will have a semi-final to savour.

(Via WTATennis.com YouTube)

But can she oust the World No. 1? Williams has played pretty much within herself this tournament, facing a bit of a spirited challenge from Yulia Putintseva but handling the rest of the all-comers very well, including closing down Halep most effectively.

There can be little doubt that she will be bringing her A-Game out on Friday, and Radwanska will be lucky to avoid the kind of trouncing she experienced in Melbourne.

Prediction: Williams in straight sets.

 

 

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