Agnieszka Radwanska will take on America’s Varvara Lepchenko for a place in the last four at the Mutua Madrid OpenYou can watch and bet on Radwanska v Lepchenko live for free at bet365 > live tennis
Agnieszka Radwanska is in the best form of her career right now, and her ability to consistently get results in 2012 has taken her to third in the world rankings. The Pole hasn’t dropped her level this week in Madrid either, and she made it through to the quarter-finals on Thursday by battling for a well-deserved 7-6(1), 6-4 victory against Roberta Vinci.
“It was a close one, just a few points in each set,” admitted Radwanska after the contest. “Roberta was playing very well. Especially here it's hard to run because the courts are slippery, and her serve was a big weapon the whole match today, so there were pretty much no breaks. She started very well and it was really tough. I'm very happy I could win today and get to the quarterfinals here.”
American qualifier Varvara Lepchenko will be Radwanska’s next opponent. Lepchenko was on court for almost three hours against home favourite Anabel Medina Garrigues, before clinching a 6-1, 6-7(3), 6-3 success.
Radwanska holds a 2-0 head to head record against Lepchenko, but she’s refusing to let her guard down here in Madrid.
“I was really in trouble at the end of the first set,” said the world No. 3, recalling her match against Lepchenko earlier in the season in Doha. “When it was 5-4, 40-15 for her, I was thinking I lost the set already and that we would just keep playing. But when you're on the court it doesn't matter what score it is, you just fight until the end. I did a few good shots and won that game, and then after that felt more and more confident.”
“It's always tough to come back, especially with her lefty serve being so tough to break. I'm happy I came back and closed this match in two sets.”