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Radwanska Faces Nemesis Kuznetsova

Agnieszka Radwanska generally enjoys playing in Asia, with seven of her 19 WTA titles coming at the Far East, but Wuhan has not been the happiest of hunting grounds for the Pole.

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The world number four fell at the first hurdle at the inaugural edition in 2014, and followed that up with another opening round loss in 2015.

Radwanska finally buried her opening round demons with victory over Ekaterina Makarova earlier this week, before taking out the in-form Caroline Wozniacki in impressive fashion on Wednesday.

Standing between the Pole and another WTA semi-final is Svetlana Kuznetsova.

Like Radwanska, Kuznetsova has been excellent in Wuhan this year.

The Russian was in control when Belinda Bencic retired hurt in their first round contest, while American, Madison Brengle provided little resistance in the second round, as Kuznetsova cruised to a 6-0 6-4 victory.

But it was the manner in which she dismissed defending champion, Venus Williams in the quarter-finals that truly confirmed the world number 10 as potential titlist in Wuhan.

Kuznetsova is comfortably ahead in her career meetings against Radwanska, winning 11 of their 15 matches, and 7 of the last 8.

This match will be pleasing to the eye, with Kuznetsova looking to counter Radwanska’s guile with her all-court competence.

Both ladies have shown good form in China, but Kuznetsova has enjoyed playing Radwanska over the years- and she should further stretch that lopsided head-to-head by the end of the day.

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