(1) Serena Williams vs Alize Cornet
Serena Williams will be seeking revenge on Tuesday when she comes up against Alize Cornet in the second round of the Wuhan Open.
World number 1 Serena Williams will make her Wuhan debut on Tuesday when she takes on Alize Cornet for a spot in the third round of the inaugural event. Serena Williams turned her season around during the North American hard court season. Serena won three titles including her first Grand Slam title of the year in New York. Serena arrives in Wuhan having won 19 of her last 20 matches and we be looking to create more history by becoming the first Wuhan Open champion.
Alize Cornet advanced to the second round to in Wuhan with a straightforward 6-2 6-1 victory over Romina Oprandi. Alize arrived in Wuhan on the back of a promising run to the final in Guangzhou. Alize would eventually fall to Monica Niculescu 4-6 0-6, seemingly unable to deal with the humid conditions in Guangzhou. Cornet’s form was typically erratic throughout the week, however she will bring great confidence into this match having already beaten Serena twice this year.
Alize Cornet is the only player to have twice defeated Serena Williams this season. Cornet stunned Serena Williams in straight sets earlier this season in Dubai before coming from a set down to shock the world number 1 in the third round at Wimbledon. Overall Serena does have a 3-2 head to head advantage over the Frenchwoman. Serena will be desperate for revenge on Tuesday; she will be focused from start to finish.
This promises to be a fascinating match; Alize certainly has the ability to frustrate Serena. If Alize can get off to a good start and put doubts in Serena’s mind another stunning upset is a real possibility. However it’s hard to see Serena losing to Alize three times in a row.
Prediction: Serena Williams to defeat Alize Cornet in 2 sets