Re: Sydney QF: (2) Radwanska Prunes Duan 6-3 6-2
I was actually quite pleased with Aga today. Yeah, there was very little in the way of flashy, spectacular play from her but against Duan she did what she needed to. There were far fewer errors from Aga today than any of the matches I have seen from her this year and that is important. Yeah, nothing terribly impressive from Aga today but she was solid and that solidity is what has been lacking in her play this year. Against a player like Barbora, Aga will have a lot more opportunities to show off her skills. Of course Barbora is playing great as well and is a very skilled player herself so I expect that to be a good match.
As for Duan, the less said the better. I thought Duan played really well last week in China against Aga and she surprised me a lot there. Most significantly, for the first time, she didn't look like a complete joke in the forecourt and actually looked comfortable midcourt. She finished points well at the net, handled lobs and showed some good reflexes. Previous matches I had seen of Duan she has always been a disaster midcourt.
But today, very little of the improvements Duan showed last week were on display. Today, Duan was just a very mediocre hard hitting error machine, and Aga played her accordingly.