Radwanska's 29th Not Enough?
Published May 14, 2014 12:13
Radwanska came to Rome off a strong week in Madrid, where she went all the way to the semifinals before falling to a red-hot Maria Sharapova - you can see one of the amazing points they produced above. And after three days off to regroup, she was looking to start piling up some wins again in Rome, with Ormaechea to start - the World No.73 had surprised WTA rising star Kurumi Nara first round.
The Turning Point
Though they did have some long, grueling points at times, the No.3-seeded Radwanska was never really troubled against Ormaechea, holding all nine of her service games (and fighting off the only two break points she faced) and breaking serve three times, once mid-way through the first set and twice more at the beginning and near the end of the second set. She won in an hour and 25 minutes.
By The Numbers
The score may have been more lopsided if Ormaechea wasn't defending her second serve so well - in fact she won more of the points on her second serve (10 of 14, or 71%) than she did on her first serve (19 of 39, or 49%). But whenever Radwanska did manage to break through and bring up a break point chance she was fairly sharp at converting, winning three of those seven opportunities in the match.
There was another big number for Radwanska: her win over Ormaechea was her 29th WTA-level match win of the season, which tied her with Carla Suárez Navarro as the leader for the year. Well, for a little bit - half an hour later the No.13-seeded Suárez Navarro took the court to play her own second round match and an hour and 18 minutes after that became the first player this year to reach 30 WTA-level match wins, winning 11 of 13 games from 3-1 down to get past Venus Williams, 6-4, 6-2.
Williams, a former champion in Rome in 1999, was treated for GI illness during the match.
Awaiting Radwanska in the third round is WTA veteran Francesca Schiavone, who turned back the clocks once again and survived a one-hour-and-18-minute third set to edge Garbiñe Muguruza, 3-6, 6-1, 7-6(5). It was the former French Open champion's second straight win against a WTA rising star here, having defeated Eugenie Bouchard in the first round for her first Top 20 win in nearly a year.
Radwanska leads Schiavone in their head-to-head, 5-4, though that may not be as close as it seems - Schiavone won their first four meetings, but Radwanska has won their last five in straight sets.