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?? (16) Dayana Yastremska vs. ?? (wc) Venus Williams
A blockbuster opening round clash at the Western & Southern Open sees the 16th seeded Dayana Yastremska come up against 7-time major winner Venus Williams. This is a fascinating generational battle, the 20-year-old rising star against the 40-year-old veteran.
Yastremska made her return to the tour on clay in Palermo a few weeks ago where she reached the quarter-finals before succumbing to Camila Giorgi in 3 sets. Williams on the other hand made her tour restart on the hard courts of Lexington where she was beaten by Serena Williams in the second round in what was a high-quality match.
This will be the first career meeting between the pair. It will be fascinating to see how this one unfolds.
I’m going to side with Yastremska. At this stage of their respective careers it is Yastremska who should be able to overwhelm Williams with her power and greater movement. Not only can Yastremska match the power of Williams, she can beat it, Yastremska is the more explosive of the pair from the baseline. Yastremska has greater movement and stamina. Yastremska should be able to counter the power of Williams better than Williams can counter the power of Yastremska. Another big factor will be the Yastremska return of serve which should crack the vulnerable Williams serve.