Agnieszka Radwanska is roaring once more, and her timely revival on the Eastbourne grass ahead of Wimbledon means that the popular Pole is back on track having suffered a torrid time this season.
Yet in-form American ace Sloane Stephens is her next obstacle, although that won’t cause Radwanska any worries on her favourite surface.
Radwanska, who fell out of the world’s top 10 following a string of shocking results prior to the grass court season, has only lost nine games to reach the semi-final stage and has been in remarkable form to send Irina Falconi, Karolina Pliskova and Tsvetana Pironkova off to SW19.
The #9 seed meets Stephens who has also experienced a relatively easy route to the semi-finals. Stephens pulled off a real coup by defeating world #9 Carla Suarez Navarro, who has a poor grass court record, in straight sets in the 1st Round.
And she followed that up with an easy win over British #1 Heather Watson, who looked lost on the Centre Court and was pinned to her baseline by the American.
Stephens was gifted a walkover by the withdrawal of Qualifier Daria Gavrilova, who only appeared in the main draw as a last-gasp replacement for unwell top seed Petra Kvitova. So the American has yet to be properly challenged although Radwanska is a tough test.
The Pole’s success on grass, which includes winning the 2008 Eastbourne crown and reaching the 2012 Wimbledon final, gives her an added boost and the former world #2’s form largely relies on her confidence.
She has recently been posting some very poor results on clay but this is her second semi-final on grass and she possesses an aggressive streak on the surface.
Yet Stephens is no easy opponent on grass and reached the 2013 Wimbledon quarter-finals before bowing out to eventual champion Marion Bartoli, and has definitely taken her game up a notch in recent months since being reunited with coach Nick Saviano.
However, Radwanska is buzzing and her 100% success rate with three victories over Stephens has all the weapons to maintain that record even though all the meetings with the American have been tight contests.