Toronto QF: (1) Serena Williams vs Roberta Vinci
Serena Williams is on track to win a fourth Rogers Cup title. With some of her biggest rivals suffering early round exits, Serena is now an even greater favourite to win yet another title. Serena will be the overwhelming favourite on Friday when she comes up against Roberta Vinci in the quarter-finals.
After making a sluggish start to her Rogers Cup campaign with a three set victory over Flavia Pennetta, Serena was far more convincing in a relatively straightforward 6-3 6-2 victory over Andrea Petkovic. It was a clinical performance by the American, facing no break points and taking her opportunities when they came on the German’s serve.
Roberta Vinci is one of several surprise quarter-finalists in Toronto. The Italian has made the most of a very favourable draw, defeating Karin Knapp, Mirjana Lucic-Baroni and Daria Gavrilova in straight sets. Roberta’s third round victory over Gavrilova was her most impressive effort of the week, one of the Italian’s best victories of the year.
Serena Williams has a commanding 3-0 head to head record over Vinci, Serena comfortably won all three encounters. There is nothing to suggest that this match will be any different, Serena should absolutely crush the Italian.
Prediction: Serena Williams to defeat Roberta Vinci in 2 sets