STANFORD, Calif. (AP)—Agnieszka Radwanska started slow and finished fast, beating qualifier Misaki Doi 1–6, 6–2, 6–0 on Thursday in the second round of the Bank of the West Classic.
The second-seeded and seventh-ranked Radwanska, playing for the first time since the Wimbledon semifinals, was down 0–2 in the second set before rattling off 12 consecutive games to set up a meeting with fifth-seeded Angelique Kerber in Friday's quarterfinals.
“It was just a weird match with such a slow start and then winning 12 games in a row,” Radwanska said. “The ball was flying a lot and I really didn't practice much the last few days. For me, it was a new start, new courts, new balls and a new tournament.”
The 14th-ranked Kerber, a finalist at Stanford last year, beat Ana Konjuh 6–3, 6–4. Fourth-seeded Karolina Pliskova topped qualifier Kimiko Date-Krumm, at 44 the oldest player on the tour, 7–5, 6–2.
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“She plays so cleverly,” Pliskova said. “I get the feeling she could play the next five years. I was expecting a tough match and the first set was really tough.”
The match between Kerber and Radwanska features the past two runner-ups at Stanford and the only quarterfinal involving two seeded players.