Cincinnati R1: Zarina Diyas vs Venus Williams
Zarina Diyas and Venus Williams will both be searching for their first victories during the U.S Open series when they go head to head in the first round at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati.
Zarina Diyas has suffered two disappointing first up losses in the last couple of weeks. The Kazakh was forced to retire due to a wrist injury a set down against Lauren Davis. Diyas then suffered a first round exit in Toronto, defeated by Julia Goerges in a tight third set.
Venus Williams also arrives in Cincinnati desperate to find some form before New York. The American hasn’t won a match since Wimbledon, suffering first round losses in Istanbul and Toronto. A lacklustre Venus Williams was thrashed by Sabine Lisicki in the first round at the Rogers Cup last week, a disappointing 0-6 3-6 loss for the American.
This will be the first career meeting between Venus and Zarina. The American should be too strong for Diyas, Venus will be able to attack the Kazakh’s vulnerable serve and should be too powerful from the baseline. Diyas will need Venus to play a poor match if she is to have a real chance.