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Miami Friday: Second Round Wraps Up

Agnieszka Radwanska gets her challenge at the Sony Open Tennis underway against Romina Oprandi.

Published March 21, 2014 12:11

Miami Friday: Second Round Wraps Up
Agnieszka Radwanska

MIAMI, FL, USA - The second round at the Sony Open Tennis draws to a close on Friday, with Agnieszka Radwanska, Caroline Wozniacki and Simona Halep among those in action.

Read more details and stats about Friday's match-ups in our Match Notes.

Friday, Second Round

Stadium
[3] Agnieszka Radwanska (POL #3) vs. Romina Oprandi (SUI #114)
Head-to-head:
Radwanska leads 1-0
Shotmaking and court craft are sure to come to the fore on when Agnieszka Radwanska and Romina Oprandi, two of the game's most aesthetically pleasing players, do battle. No.3 seed Radwanska will start as clear favorite, but after suffering a knee injury during Sunday's Indian Wells final, a few question marks surround her fitness.

Oprandi is no stranger to injuries herself, having missed the last eight months with shoulder problems. After losing early on her first two tournaments back, Oprandi rediscovered that winning feeling on Wednesday when she overcame Bojana Jovanovski. In the past, she has shown the mentality to upset the very best - she has seven Top 20 wins - and could cause problems if Radwanska is not firing on all cyclinders.

[29] Venus Williams (USA #31) vs. Anna Schmiedlova (SVK #73)
Head-to-head:
first meeting
Anna Schmiedlova's reward for edging wildcard Indy de Vroome in the first round is a meeting with three-time Miami champion Venus Williams. After an impressive junior career, highlighted by a French Open runner-up finish, Schmiedlova made a successful transition to the senior ranks last year, reaching the quarterfinals in Ningbo and rising over 100 places in the rankings.

However, main draw wins have proven harder to come by in 2014 and she will have to raise her game to a new level if she is to add to this tally on Friday. Williams arrives at her home event rejuvenated by her recent victory in Dubai and will be eyeing another deep run following the withdrawal of No.6 seed Simona Halep from her quarter.

Court 1
[11] Caroline Wozniacki (DEN #18) vs. Monica Puig (PUR #58)
Head-to-head:
first meeting
When she was younger, Monica Puig used to scurry around Crandon Park hunting down autographs. Now she is the star attraction and she is sure to have plenty of requests should she upset former World No.1 Caroline Wozniacki on Friday afternoon.

Twelve months ago, Wozniacki lost to another young talent, Garbiñe Muguruza, in the third round and she will be wary of the threat posed by Puig's tireless running and counterpunching game. However, these are two qualities not lacking in the Dane's arsenal, and the pair's first meeting on tour has all the ingredients to be a long one.

Also on court...
Venus Williams opens her campaign against Anna Schmiedlova, while Jelena Jankovic, Dominika Cibulkova and Eugenie Bouchard are also in action.

Find the listings for Friday's play on the WTA TV developed by Xerox.

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