🇬🇧 Wimbledon, R3 Preview
🇺🇸 (9) Venus Williams vs. 🇳🇱 (20) Kiki Bertens
The 9th seeded Venus Williams continues her quest for a 6th Wimbledon title on Friday with a third round clash against the 20th seeded Kiki Bertens. Venus has not been at her sharpest through her first couple of matches this week, the 38-year-old was required to come from a set down in each of her previous matches and will be aiming for a more commanding performance as the competition heats up.
Venus Williams has claimed two very similar victories on route to the third round at SW19. A 6-7 6-2 6-1 win over Johanna Larsson followed by a 4-6 6-0 6-1 win against Alexandra Dulgheru. Venus was able to get away with a slow start in her first few matches but that is unlikely to be the case against Bertens, expect Venus to come out firing with a spot in the second week up for grabs.
Kiki Bertens claimed back-to-back comfortable victories on route to the third round stage at SW19. Bertens started her campaign with a 6-3 6-2 win over Barbora Stefkova before defeating Anna Blinkova 6-4 6-0. This is the second time Bertens has made it to the third round at Wimbledon, the 26-year-old will be playing to reach the fourth round for the first time, Bertens as only previously made it to the second week at a Grand Slam at Roland Garros.
The only previous match between the pair was a dramatic one, a 5-7 6-3 7-5 victory for Venus Williams. Venus was up 5-0 in the opening set before dropping 7 consecutive games. Each set was topsy-turvy, Bertens in a match winning position when she led by a break in the deciding set.