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Agnieszka Radwanska vs Coco Vandeweghe WTA Toronto live stream: Confident Coco goes for rare Radwanska win at Rogers Cup

Brendan O'Neill in Tennis 8 Aug 2017
Coco Vandeweghe (Photo by Robbie Saurus)

Former Rogers Cup champion Agnieszka Radwanska opens her 2017 Toronto campaign against Stanford runner-up CoCo Vandeweghe on Tuesday.

Radwanska vs Vandeweghe Rogers Cup tennis is live from Toronto on Tuesday. Watch and bet on tennis live from Toronto at bet365 > live streaming > tennis

Can Agnieszka Radwaska revive what has been a mediocre 2017 season with a deep run at the Rogers Cup in Toronto? She will have to survive a tough opening clash with CoCo Vandeweghe to do so. 

Radwanska has often shone at the Rogers Cup, winning the event in 2014 when she defeated Venus Williams in the final and making semifinals in 2011 (losing to Samantha Stosur) and 2013 (losing to Serena Williams). The Pole will be hoping to find form again on the hard courts of Toronto ahead of the US Open and Asian swings, after what has been a tricky season.

Radwanska was ranked as high as world no. 2 in 2016 after winning the biggest title of her career at the WTA Finals Singapore at the end of 2015, and won titles in Shenzhen, New Haven and Beijing over the course of last season as well as making the semifinals of the Australian Open, Doha, Indian Wells, Tokyo and Singapore. It was an extremely solid season, one which may not have seen Radwanska come close to repeating her solitary Grand Slam final appearance – which came back in 2012 – but which saw the Pole finish at world no. 3 after compiling a 53-18 win-loss record, excellent by anyone’s standards.

Things haven’t gone so well for Radwanska so well in 2017. She comes into the Rogers Cup on the brink of slipping out of the world’s top 10 for the first time for almost two years, having compiled a 14-11 win-loss record on the year so far. Her year started well enough with a runner-up finish to Johanna Konta at the Apia International Sydney, but Radwanska was shocked in the second round of the Australian Open by Mirjana Lucic-Baroni and went 3-5 in her next five events, including the major tournaments at Indian Wells and Miami. Struggling with a foot injury, Radwanska pulled out of Madrid and Rome after losing in the first round of Stuttgart to Ekaterina Makarova and didn’t compete again until the French Open, where she lose in the third round to Alize Cornet. Grass is usually a much stronger surface for the 2012 Wimbledon runner-up, but she didn’t have much success on the turf either; lucky loser Lauren Davis beat her in straight sets in the first round of Eastbourne and although she made it to the round of 16 at Wimbledon, beating Jelena Jankovic, Christina McHale and Timea Bacsinszky, Svetlana Kuznetsova ended her run in straight sets.

Radwanska hasn’t played since, celebrating her wedding to Dawid Celt a few weeks ago, so she should be well-rested when she makes her return to competition on Tuesday against CoCo Vandeweghe.Vandeweghe has to make a tight turnaround from her native California, where she enjoyed a successful week competing at the Bank of the West Classic last week, defeating Ajla Tomljanovic, Nicole Gibbs, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Catherine Bellis to make the final without dropping a set but losing to compatriot Madison Keys. 

It was the latest highlight of what has been a bright season for Vandeweghe, beginning with her run to the Australian Open semifinals – the first time she has made it to the final four of a Grand Slam – where she beat Garbine Muguruza and defending champion Angelique Kerber before losing to Venus Williams. The powerful American, now 25, lost her next three WTA singles matches – although she went 4-0 in Fed Cup singles – but beat Jelena Ostapenko in Stuttgart (a win that looks much better in retrospect after Ostapenko went on to win the French Open) but made the Madrid quarterfinals despite her lack of comfort on clay. Ousted from Roland Garros in the first round by Magdalena Rybarikova, Vandeweghe split with long-time coach Craig Kardon and teamed up with former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash in a bid to make an impact on the grass, which she did – to a certain level: She beat Johanna Konta to make the quarterfinals in Birmingham before losing to Muguruza, and made the quarterfinals of Wimbledon after a win over Caroline Wozniacki, only to lose in quite meek straight sets to Rybarikova. 

I thought that defeat would be a hard one for Vandeweghe to get over, but she proved me wrong in Stanford where she played solid tennis to make her second final at the Premier-level event – not her best tennis, but one actually finds that more impressive; if the streaky Vandeweghe can figure out ways to win when she’s not playing her best, she could become a real force to be reckoned with in the game.

Vandeweghe, with coach Cash still in tow, is definitely a force that Radwanska will have to reckon with in Toronto on Tuesday. The Pole has a commanding 4-1 lead in the head-to-head against the American and has generally had great success at bamboozling the slow-moving Vandeweghe and frustrating her into bushels of unforced errors, but Vandeweghe did win their most recent encounter in Birmingham last year – and she absolutely has the weapons, with that big serve and booming forehand, to overwhelm Radwanska. Vandeweghe is also very confident at the moment, as she showed in Stanford, but the cooler, slower conditions in Toronto should suit Radwanska. I still think this is a great opportunity for Vandeweghe to get a rare win over Radwanska and make it past the first round in Toronto for the first time. 

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