Radwanska v Sharapova:
Sharapova leads the head to heads 7-1 and she has won the last 6 meetings. On hard courts its 5-1.
Radwanska has had a relatively easy route to the final. In the quarter final Venus Williams looked like she had used all her energy up in previous rounds and mentally just wasn’t ever in the match.
In the semi final we saw the most bizarre match. Bartoli had clearly run herself into the ground in her previous round and looked like she wouldn’t be able to compete for a full match. She had an MTO before the end of the first set but continued to play despite the fact that she looked close to collapse and a leg injury was making movement difficult.
An intelligent player would have simply made her run with wide shots, drop shots etc to force her to quit. Radwanska however proceeded to hit 85% of her shots straight to Bartoli. Bartoli didn’t have a problem with her arm and this enabled her to stay in the match and actually broke Radwanska’s serve twice!
Sharapova also had an easy quarter final when Li Na forgot how to play tennis. In the semi final Wozniacki put up more resistance and won the opening set despite Sharapova being 4-1 up. Sharapova hasn’t served well at times in this tournament. She has slowed her first serve down a little in the last 2 matches and reduced the number of double faults.
Having watched the Bartoli match I can not put money on Radwanska. The way she played the second set was not the way an in form confident player goes about her tennis.
If Sharapova has another poor day on serve we may see 3 sets but I think a straight sets win for her is more likely.