Cetkovska Sets Up Radwanska Rematch
Published August 22, 2011 12:00
NEW HAVEN, CT, USA - Agnieszka Radwanska has been having one of the hottest summer seasons of anyone, and now she will have a shot at revenge on the player who sent her home at Wimbledon - she will play in-form Czech Petra Cetkovska in the second round of the New Haven Open at Yale.
Radwanska suffered a surprise second round defeat at Wimbledon to a No.81-ranked Cetkovska, although she was on the verge of victory - she led 63 53 before Cetkovska pushed the match to a third set, then went ahead 4-1 in that decider before losing five games in a row and bowing out, 36 76(5) 64.
A lot has changed since, for the better and for both players. Radwanska is 12-2 since then, going deep at every event she has played this summer - she even won the Premier title in Carlsbad. Cetkovska has more than halved her ranking since then, this week rising to a new career-high of No.40. And they both had quick first round wins - No.5 seed Radwanska beating Ekaterina Makarova, 61 62, and qualifier Cetkovska cruising past Ayumi Morita, 62 62.
The other seeded players who took the court during the day session won their opening matches too, with No.4 seed Marion Bartoli beating Anastasia Rodionova, 61 64, and No.8 seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova coming from 63 42 down to beat Vera Dushevina in a tight three-setter, 36 64 63.
"It was important for me to get some more matches before the Open," said Bartoli, who accepted a late wildcard here. "It's just the perfect preparation. It's two hours away from New York, same conditions, same surface, same ball. We can practice as much as we want, there are lots of practice courts. I didn't play that many matches in Toronto or Cincinnati, so this week is perfect."
"Vera was playing ridiculous at the start," Pavlyuchenkova said. "I just kept fighting every point. I didn't want to give her this match, I just told myself, 'If she wins, I have to make her work for it.' I'm happy I was able to win in the end."
"Roberta slices a lot and comes to the net. Her game isn't simple to play against," Pavlyuchenkova added. "If it's windy or if there are tough conditions, she's very smart and very experienced, so it will be very tough. I'll just try not to get confused with her game and her slices. I can't let her play her game."