#IBI19 Rome R2 Prediction
?? (10) Serena Williams vs. ?? (WC) Venus Williams
The Williams sisters continue their historic rivalry in Rome when they do battle at the second round stage of the Internazionali BNL d’italia. Serena and Venus are both playing their first clay court tournament of the season, both have dealt with injury issues in recent times and have had very limited schedules in 2019. This is a very important match for both, the loser will not play again until Roland Garros as risks being underdone heading into the second Grand Slam of the year.
I suspect Serena will again be too strong for Venus here. The biggest factor between the pair of late has generally been the serve. Serena’s serve is far superior and looked strong in her opening round win. Conversely, Venus physically can’t consistently serve big enough to take care of her serve as she needs to in this match-up, not anymore, especially not on a clay court where her second serve is even more vulnerable in this match-up. Serena is the stronger of the two at the moment and is seemingly in great shape heading into this match. Fatigue might be an issue for Venus given her 3 hour battle in the opening round, that will not be easy to recover from.