?? Western & Southern Open, Cincinnati R3 Preview
?? (4) Angelique Kerber vs. ?? (13) Madison Keys
Angelique Kerber will look to continue her dominance over Madison Keys when the pair meet on Thursday in Cincinnati. I suspect Kerber will do just that. This has proven to be a very bad match-up for Keys in the past, I see no reason why that should change enough to reverse their recent results.
Kerber holds a perfect 6-0 record over Keys on hard courts, Kerber won all 6 of those matches in straight sets. Kerber is arguably the best counter-puncher on tour, making her a very tough opponent for Keys. Kerber thrives on power and Keys is one of the most powerful players on tour. Kerber is able to absorb and redirect the power of Keys and frustrates the American by extending rallies with her great defense.
Kerber looked very motivated in her win over Pavlyuchenkova yesterday, she clearly means business in Cincinnati and will head into this match full of confidence after a gutsy win over the Russian. Kerber knows what she has to do in this match-up and should again be too strong for Keys.