|Agnieszka Radwanska (POL), 4||vs||Ekaterina Makarova (RUS), 22|
ScheduleWednesday, 27 September 2023 at 09:08 GMT / 10:08 UK / 14:38 IST
Agnieszka Radwanska, currently 4th on the WTA ranking, is playing against Ekatarina Makarova, who is currently 22nd on the WTA ranking.
Makarova, the 20-year-old Russian who was placed as the 22nd seed of the tournament reached this round relatively easily, without dropping a set in the two previous matches. In the last match she defeated Caroline Garcia in straight sets, 7-5, 6-3. The left-handed Russian is currently 6th on the women's doubles rankings and it could be said that she had numerous achievements such as the semifinal of the US Open in 2009, and Australian Open final in 2014, where she and her double partner were defeated by Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci in an exciting match. The titles Makarova is proud of are the French Open in 2013 and US Open in 2012, in the category of mix doubles.
Agnieszka Radwanska reached this round without much trouble, by easily defeating the Portugese player Michelle Larcher de Brito in straight sets, 6-2, 6-0 in games. The former number two on the WTA rankings doesn't play on the highest level this season, even though she is currently in the fourth place. Only two years ago, the 25-year-old Polish player was in the final of Wimbledon, where she played against the current number one player on the WTA list, Serena Williams. In a tight match, Serena eventually won 2-1. The last great tournament where Radwanska managed to go far was the Australian Open this year, where she lost the semifinal to Dominika Cibulkova.
These two players have met 4 times and Radwanska has the better score. Although, it seems that since their first match against each other in Tokyo, Ekatarina Makarova had progressed a lot, and she showed that on the US Open last year, where she defeated Agnieszka Radwanska in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4 in games.
A good match on the grass court is expected. Radwanska has the mild advantage because she is more experienced and, if judged by the last match, she is currently in a good form and can justify the role of the favorite. Both players are well rested since they didn't have difficulties in their matches, but won them easily.