Rogers Cup Toronto Preview – Simona Halep v Agnieszka Radwanska

Simona Halep’s win against Angelique Kerber has really put the her name back in to the hat of potential contenders for the US Open. This win was probably the biggest of her year so far after a bit of a slump in form recently and her tennis so far this week has been very good. However if Simona wants to be considered a favourite she has to keep on winning matches and standing in her way of a place in the semi-finals of Rogers Cup is Agnieszka Radwanska.

Aga last week struggled in Stanford with an injury problem meaning her match had to be postponed for 24 hours on medical advice and ended up losing early in Stanford however as defending champion in Toronto there is pressure on her to do well which she has so far this tournament but hasn’t been pushed to her very best with wins against Goerges and Cornet and despite the match with Cornet going to three sets.

Part of Simona’s game which was outstanding against Kerber was the forehand. Her game relies heavily on this shot working but working well as well.

sh fh v kerb

This forehand as shown was incredible from the back of the court and turned defence into attack within a couple of seconds. The graphic above shows a few forehands from Halep which got Kerber on the move, all of which weren’t winners but were momentum changers in rallies. The red ones at the winners and the yellow ones aren’t. These are only three shots but they were all rally changers they turned defence into attack brilliant and not just solid doing with the forehand shot but the backhand as well!

Aga is very good at playing at the back of the court but against a player like Halep who can produce power and is probably better at sticking in these long rallies then I think she needs to look forward a bit more and pick opportunities to come to the net more and ask questions of Halep to try and get the ball past her. Aga is one of the most talented players on the tour she can produce some stunning shots with volleys and drop shots and it would be great to see her produce more of these shots.

I can only see one winner in this one and for me it’s Simona Halep, can she reached her first semi-final since Rome?

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