Serena Williams vs Venus Williams, Australian Open Final Preview

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Serena Williams and Venus Williams will go head-to-head in a Grand Slam singles final for the 9th time when they compete for the Australian Open title on Saturday night. The sisters competed in the final of the Australian Open in 2003, now 14 years later they are still at the top of the game. The longevity and dominance of the Williams sisters is unprecedented, Saturday’s final will be a good chance to celebrate this fact. As for the match, Serena has always said that Venus is her toughest opponent and Venus would say the same about Serena. This is more than just a tennis match, with so much on the line for both and so many emotions involved, it will be intriguing to see how the 2017 Australian Open championship match unfolds.

Serena Williams is chasing history. Serena is aiming for Grand Slam 23, which will put her past Steffi Graff and leave her as number 1 in the open era. Serena made a troublesome start to the season to 2017 when she lost early in Auckland to Madison Brengle but that was an anomaly. Serena has cruised through to the final at Melbourne Park without dropping a set. Serena was faced with a tough early draw but she came through it with ease, beating Belinda Bencic and Lucie Safarova in straight sets to signal her intentions. Those tough early victories meant Serena was in good shape for the business end of the tournament. The 6-time former champion crushed Nicole Gibbs 6-1 6-3 in the third round before coming through a tricky fourth round match with Barbora Strycova 7-5 6-4. Serena has stepped it up in her last two games, smashing Johanna Konta 6-2 6-3 in her best performance of the tournament before securing her spot in her 8th Australian Open final with a dominant 6-2 6-1 win over Mirjana Lucic-Baroni.

At the age of 36 Venus Williams is into her first Grand Slam singles final since 2009 at Wimbledon. Venus has gone through so much in those years, battling an auto-immune disease for all of those years but has come out on top. Venus benefited from a very favourable draw in the early rounds, coming through the first week relatively untroubled with straight set wins over Kateryna Kozlova, Stefanie Voegele, Ying-Ying Duan and Mona Barthel. Venus has taken her game to another level in her two most recent matches to overcome some tough opponents. Venus claimed a hard-fought 6-4 7-6 win over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova at the quarter-final stage before confirming her spot in her first Grand Slam final in over 6 years with thanks to a 6-7 6-2 6-3 win over CoCo Vandeweghe. Venus served extremely well in that semi-final match, being broken on just one occasion which was early in the first set and saving a ton of break points in the second and third sets. Venus is hitting her forehand better than she has for a while and is moving very well around the court.

 

Incredibly, this will be the 28th meeting between Serena and Venus. Serena holds a 16-11 record over Venus and has won 6 of their last 8 matches. Serena and Venus did not play each other in season 2016, in 2015 they met on two occasions, Serena won 6-4 6-3 at Wimbledon and 6-1 2-6 6-3 at the U.S Open. Interestingly, their recent meetings on a hard court have been quite even with their last 6 matches on a hard court being split with 3 wins apiece. Serena has won 6 of the 8 Grand Slam finals that the pair have contested.

Clearly Serena has been the sister that has played at the higher level over the last couple of years. Both ladies have so much to play for. Serena is chasing history, aiming for a seventh Australian Open title and 23rd Grand Slam title overall. Venus Williams also has so much to play for having never won the Australian Open and having not won a Grand Slam since 2008. Venus will be aiming to capture her 8th Grand Slam overall.

Serena should be winning this match, at this stage of their careers, Serena is the better player with more to her game. Serena’s second serve is much stronger than her older sisters and her strength and movement around the court is also better. Venus is probably better at coming forward to finish points. This will be a very emotional match for both, if Serena can put that emotion behind her she should be strong enough to come through this match but every set will probably be tight and every game will be tough.

Prediction: Serena Williams to defeat Venus Williams in 2 sets


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0 responses to “Serena Williams vs Venus Williams, Australian Open Final Preview”

  1. I think it most likely will which is one of my reasons why a possible 3 setter. Venus was clubbing balls over the net yday.

    • My prediction is mainly based on pure tennis, not the emotions that will be involved.. but when i think of all that I do think that Venus could win… plus Venus is playing well

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