Samantha Stosur vs Agnieszka Radwanska: WTA Toronto 2011 Semifinals

Shane LambertAnalyst IIAugust 13, 2011

Agnieszka Radwanska
Agnieszka RadwanskaChris Trotman/Getty Images

Agniezska Radwanska and Samantha Stosur have combined for seven career titles on the WTA tour over the years, and one of these two players will be moving on to the final of the Premier Mandatory event in Toronto.

Radwanska and Stosur are scheduled to meet in one of the semifinals on Saturday, Aug. 13, in this week's WTA event in Ontario as the two players collide for the third time in their careers.

From a couple perspectives, these two players look fairly evenly matched: They are ranked 11th and 12th on tour, with Stosur the higher-ranked player at the moment, and they have split their two previous head-to-head meetings.

However, the historical victory that Stosur scored over Radwanska was on a clay court, while the world No. 12 won the only match in which the two players met head to head on a hard court, the type of surface on which WTA Toronto is played.

Radwanska, still just 22 years old, is much more adept at closing out tournaments on the WTA Tour.

Five years younger than Stosur, Radwanska has five titles to her credit already while Stosur, at age 27, has just two.

Both players have slain giants in Toronto as Stosur upended Na Li in the third round while Radwanska took out Vera Zvonareva in the same round.

In what promises to be an entertaining semifinal, Radwanska is the betting favorite, a status that appears to be correct as she looks like the better pure talent.

Look for Stosur to disappoint her fans with a semifinal flop yet again.

She is an odd player in the sense that she has spent ample time in the top 10, yet she has just the two titles in her career.

That's an unusual coupling; requires loads of quarterfinal, semifinal, and final losses; and makes her a hard player to have faith in this late in a draw.

Their match is the early semifinal from Toronto on Saturday, scheduled not to start before 1pm ET.

The winner will face the winner of Victoria Azarenka vs. Serena Williams in the Toronto final on Sunday, Aug. 14.