Venus Williams vs Belinda Bencic, Australian Open R1 Preview

Australian Open πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί R1 Preview
(5) πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Venus Williams vs πŸ‡¨πŸ‡­ Belinda Bencic

The pick of the opening round matches at the 2018 Australian Open sees Venus William come up against Belinda Bencic. The 2017 runner-up has certainly been dealt the toughest opening round match-up, Belinda Bencic is the most dangerous unseeded floater in the draw. Bencic is in outstanding form heading into the opening Grand Slam of the year. This looms as an intriguing battle between experience and youth. Venus has won the 4 previous matches between the pair but will have her work cut out to maintain her unbeaten record over the Swiss rising-star.

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Venus Williams enjoyed a marvellous 2017 season, unfortunately the 37-year-old just missed out on achieving her ultimate goal of winning another Grand Slam title. A passion to win another Grand Slam will be the drive for Venus in 2018. Venus played just one event in the lead up to the first Grand Slam of the year where she was beaten in her opening match by eventual champion Angelique Kerber 7-5 6-3 6-1 at the Sydney International. Venus showed glimpses of her 2017 form throughout the match but was understandably rusty and her level fell away towards the end of the match. Venus will be better off for the hit and usually does not played many matches before a Grand Slam event.

Belinda Bencic had a hybrid off-season. Bencic’s 2017 season ended late, Bencic won back-to-back WTA 125K titles in Hua Hin and Taipei before winning the 100K ITF title in Dubai. A few weeks later Bencic competed at the Hopman Cup where she helped guide Switzerland to the title alongside Roger Federer. Bencic won 3 of her 4 singles matches, her only defeat came in the final against Kerber. Bencic also competed in Kooyong just last week where she won the women’s championship, coming from a set down to beat Andrea Petkovic in the final. I think Bencic’s scheduling heading into Melbourne has been perfect.

Venus Williams has won all 4 of their previous matches between the pair, all in straight sets. Most recently Venus beat Bencic 6-3 6-4 at the U.S Open in 2015. Can an in-form Bencic claim her first win over Venus Williams or will the evergreen American be too strong?

Venus Williams vs Caroline Wozniacki, WTA Finals Singapore Final Preview

WTA Finals, πŸ†πŸ‡ΈπŸ‡¬πŸ¦πŸ‰πŸ¨ Singapore Match Preview + Prediction
Championship match: (5) πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Venus Williams vs (6) πŸ‡©πŸ‡° Caroline Wozniacki

A blockbuster final is set for the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore when Venus Williams comes up against Caroline Wozniacki on Sunday evening. This is a huge match for both ladies, both have continuously come up short at the later stages of major tournaments in 2017, both will be desperate to reverse that trend and end their season on the ultimate high.

The head-to-head record between these two really stands out heading into Sunday’s final. Outstandingly, Venus holds a 7-0 head-to-head record over Wozniacki. The Dane has only ever won 1 set over the American. The pair have not gone head-to-head in over 2 and a half years. An improved Wozniacki, on a slow hard court will fancy her chances in this final despite her poor record against Venus.

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Caroline Garcia vs Venus Williams, WTA Finals Singapore SF Preview

WTA Finals, πŸ†πŸ‡ΈπŸ‡¬πŸ¦πŸ‰πŸ¨ Singapore Match Preview + Prediction
Semi-Final #2: (8) πŸ‡«πŸ‡· Caroline Garcia vs (5) πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Venus Williams

Saturday’s second semi-final in Singapore sees two unexpected semi-finalists go head-to-head as Caroline Garcia comes up against Venus Williams. Garcia and Williams were both comfortably defeated in straight sets in their opening matches before securing their passage through the group stage with back-to-back hard-fought victories. This should be an exciting encounter between two powerful, flashy, tough competitors. Can Garcia keep her incredible record in Asia going? Or will Venus continue to defy the odds?Β 

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Garbine Muguruza vs Venus Williams, Singapore White Group Preview

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RR: βšͺ White Group: (2) πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Έ Garbine Muguruza vs (5) πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Venus Williams

Garbine Muguruza and Venus Williams will square off on Thursday evening for a place in the semi-finals at the WTA Finals in Singapore. Both Muguruza and Williams enter this match with 1 win and 1 loss to their name in the white group. Karolina Pliskova became the first to qualify for the semi-finals in the white group with a 2-0 record whilst Jelena Ostapenko was the first to be eliminated after going 0-2. This all means that Muguruza and Williams have everything to play for in this encounter, in what will be the first time the pair have gone head-to-head since their historic Wimbledon final earlier year which saw Muguruza win her second Grand Slam title.

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Venus Williams vs Jelena Ostapenko, Singapore White Group Preview

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RR: βšͺ White Group: (5) πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Venus Williams vs (7) πŸ‡±πŸ‡» Jelena Ostapenko

Venus Williams and Jelena Ostapenko will go head-to-head in Tuesday’s first match from the white group. The pressure is one both Williams and Ostapenko heading into this crucial clash after disappointing straight set losses in their opening group stage matches in Singapore on Sunday evening The last two years in Singapore have shown that losing the first group stage match does not mean it’s over, all 3 previous champions in Singapore lost their first match of the tournament. This will be an intriguing contest between the oldest ever competitor in Singapore and the youngest. Venus won the only previous clash between tee pair in straight sets at Wimbledon earlier this year, can she repeat that effort here?

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Karolina Pliskova vs Venus Williams, Singapore White Group Preview

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RR: βšͺ White Group: (3) πŸ‡¨πŸ‡Ώ Karolina Pliskova vs (5) πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Venus Williams

Karolina Pliskova and Venus Williams will kickstart what is sure to be a fascinating week in Singapore when they do battle on Sunday in the white group. Karolina Pliskova is competing in Singapore for the second time, the Czech third seed failed to make it past the group stage last year and will be hoping to change that in 2017. Incredibly, Venus Williams first made it to the WTA Finals in 1999, the 2008 champion will be competing at the event for the first time since 2008. The head-to-head record between the pair is split at 1 win apiece, this promises to be another tight clash between two evenly matched competitors. Who will win the first match of the WTA Finals?

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Venus Williams vs Risa Ozaki, Hong Kong R1 Preview

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R1: (2) πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Venus Williams vs πŸ‡―πŸ‡΅ Risa Ozaki

Venus Williams was the only active top player to skip both Wuhan and Beijing. Williams will instead begin her Asian campaign in Hong Kong this week, a tournament that Venus will use as a warm up for the WTA Finals which get under way in two weeks’ time. Venus will begin her Hong Kong campaign with an opening round clash against Japanese qualifer Risa Ozaki.

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Venus Williams vs Sloane Stephens, U.S Open SF Preview

US Open, πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸŽπŸ—½πŸš• Semi-Final Preview + Prediction:
SF #1: (9) πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Venus Williams vs πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Sloane Stephens

Venus Williams and Sloane Stephens will go head-to-head for a spot in U.S Open final when they do battle on Friday at Flushing Meadows. This will be a battle of the generations, the evergreen, 37-year-old Venus Williams up against the rising, 24-year-old Sloane Stephens. Venus and Sloane both confirmed their spot in the semi-finals with epic victories on Tuesday, both emerged victories in dramatic final set tiebreaks. Venus will be aiming to reach her third Grand Slam final of 2017 and hopefully go on to win her first major since 2008. Conversely, Sloane Stephens will be aiming to reach her first Grand Slam final and potentially a first major title. This looms as a fairly even match-up, another classic match could be on the cards on Arthur Ashe Stadium.

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Venus Williams vs Petra Kvitova, U.S Open QF Preview

US Open, πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸŽπŸ—½πŸš• QF Preview + Prediction:
(9) πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Venus Williams vs (13) πŸ‡¨πŸ‡Ώ Petra Kvitova

A blockbuster quarter-final from Flushing Meadows on Tuesday sees Venus Williams take on Petra Kvitova. At the age of 37, Venus Williams has been the most consistent performer at the Grand Slam level in 2017 having already made it to the final at the Australian Open and Wimbledon as well as a fourth round appearance at Roland Garros.

Petra Kvitova is in the midst of her own special season. After being attacked in the off season and spending half the year on the side-lines, it is incredible to see Kvitova playing so well as she has reached the quarter-final stage at the U.S Open for just the second time in her career. This is going to be an exciting contest between two of the move loved and respected players on tour, Kvitova holds a 4-1 edge in the head-to-head but Venus Williams has been superb at the later stage of Grand Slam events this year and fancy her chances here.

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Venus Williams vs Carla Suarez Navarro, U.S Open R4 Preview

US Open, πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸŽπŸ—½πŸš• R4 Preview + Prediction:
(9) πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Venus Williams vs πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Έ Carla Suarez Navarro

Venus Williams and Carla Suarez Navarro will renew hostilities when they meet at the fourth round stage at Flushing Meadows on Saturday. Venus and Carla have built up a solid, competitive rivalry over the years, this will be their 8th career meeting with Venus currently leading the head-to-head 4-3. This is an enjoyable match-up because of the extreme contrast in styles, the raw power of Williams up against the finesse and consistency of Suarez Navarro. On a hard court, the head-to-head record is split at 2 wins apiece, who will edge ahead with a win in New York and move on to the second week?

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