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Caroline Wozniacki vs Agnieszka Radwanska tips, predictions and live stream: Old friends resume rivalry at the Rogers Cup

Hannah Wilks in WTA Tour 10 Aug 2017
  • Old rivals Caroline Wozniacki and Agnieszka Radwanska face off in the third round of the Rogers Cup
  • Wozniacki vs Radwanska Rogers Cup tennis is live from Toronto on Thursday at 1pm local/6pm BST
Caroline Wozniacki (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

Just a few weeks after Caroline Wozniacki was a guest at Agnieszka Radwanska’s wedding, the two old friends – both former Rogers Cup champions – face off for a place in the quarterfinals in Toronto.



There will be no surprises and no secrets on either side of the net when Caroline Wozniacki, the sixth seed in Toronto, takes on Agnieszka Radwanska for the sixteenth time in their careers at the Rogers Cup on Thursday.

Both of these women have won the Rogers Cup title before, Wozniacki claiming it all the way back in 2010 when she beat Vera Zvonareva in the final, Radwanska in 2014 when she defeated Venus Williams – but both those wins came in years the event was held in Montreal. Radwanska has made the semifinals in Toronto twice, in 2011 and 2013, but before this year, Wozniacki had never even won a main-draw match in the Canadian capital, losing her opening matches in 2007 after qualifying, 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2015 to eventual champion Belinda Bencic. 

‘It's really crazy that I hadn't won a match here before today,’ Wozniacki said. ‘I'm definitely very pleased and was a little bit nervous serving it out. I was like, “Please, let me get this one” and I managed to.

‘I don't think I have any other tournament where I've never won a match, so this one was kind of special, especially because I've played well at the Rogers Cup before, I've won Montreal and I've done really well. This one, I was just like, it has to happen before I retire one day.’

If there was going to be a year when Wozniacki was going to break her duck in Toronto, it was always going to be this year, which has been an insanely consistent one for the Dane. After turning around her 2016 season with a US Open semifinal run and titles in Tokyo and Hong Kong, Wozniacki has compiled a 43-15 win-loss record to break back into the top ten and currently sits at seventh place on the Porsche Race to Singapore, the standings which track qualification for the elite eight-woman season-ending championships. Wozniacki may not have won a title so far in 2017, but she’s made five finals, finishing runner-up to Karolina Pliskova and Elina Svitolina in Doha and Dubai, Johanna Konta in Miami, Pliskova again in Eastbourne and most recently to Katerina Siniakova in Bastad. 

And she also made a winning start to her Rogers Cup campaign, impressing in a 6-3, 6-0 victory over Ekaterina Alexandrova, a powerful young Russian and rising star who made a poor start but showed flashes of brilliance – all snuffed out mercilessly by Wozniacki. 


‘It was a pretty good match. I kind of got to find my rhythm in the beginning but thought I served and returned very well,’ Wozniacki said. ‘Once I got going, I kind of started to play better. It's always nice to get a nice win in two sets in the first round, so I'm very pleased with that.’

Agnieszka Radwanska has had pretty much the opposite of Wozniacki’s successful season, but she also made a very solid start to her Rogers Cup campaign, starting with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Bank of the West Classic runner-up CoCo Vandeweghe and allowing Timea Babos just one game in a 6-0, 6-1 second-round thumping on Wednesday. 

The 2014 Rogers Cup champion has had a frustrating season and comes into the Toronto event at 32nd on the Porsche Race to Singapore, and on the brink of dropping out of the top 10. After winning titles in Beijing, New Haven and Shenzhen in 2016, as well as making the semifinals of the Australian Open, Radwanska has had a frustrating, injury-marred season in 2017. She is just 16-11 coming into the Rogers Cup, and has made just one final, finishing runner-up to Konta at the Apia International Sydney shortly before getting ousted from the Australian Open in the second round by Mirjana Lucic-Baroni. Radwanska failed to win back-to-back matches in her next five events and then missed most of the clay season due to a foot injury, returning for the French Open where she made the third round before losing to Alize Cornet. 

Her grass-court season, usually such a fruitful time for her, was also frustrating; she lost in the first round of Eastbourne and although she made it to the fourth round of Wimbledon, the former runner-up was ousted by Svetlana Kuznetsova. 

‘I had some problems with my health, tennis injury plus health, a lot of viruses,’ Radwanska said on Tuesday. ‘At the moment I’m healthy and happy about that. I had so many breaks during the season, without preparation on clay, before grass, or even here.’

Radwanska and Wozniacki were last together not on court, but at Radwanska’s wedding to her hitting partner Dawid Celt, with Wozniacki one of the players in attendance. The two have been friends and friendly rivals for years, but there’s been no lack of competitive intensity when they face off on court. Over a decade of meetings – they first played in July 2007 – sees Wozniacki with a 10-6 lead in the head-to-head, the Dane triumphing in both of their previous meetings on American hard courts as well as in their most recent encounter which came in Dubai in February. Given their respective seasons, it’s difficult to see Radwanska pulling one back and it looks like in this battle of former champions, it’s Wozniacki who will be headed into the quarterfinals in Toronto. 

Wozniacki vs Radwanska is scheduled on Centre Court in Toronto on Thursday at 1pm local/6pm BST


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