Stosur vs. Kerber
|Date & Time||Wednesday August 10, 2016, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
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Angelique Kerber and Samantha Stosur meet in the third round of the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics.
Angelique Kerber is coming off a straight sets win over Eugenie Bouchard that took 18 games to decide. Kerber has won both of her matches in straight sets and has dropped 14 games overall this tournament. Kerber has been consistent for much of the 2016 season and will continue to be one of the more dangerous players in the field when she’s serving well. Kerber played as well as one could play in her last match, and she has a chance to make back-to-back olympic quarterfinals with a victory here. Kerber has won nine of her last 11 matches on hard court.
Samantha Stosur is coming off a straight sets win over Misaki Doi that took 19 games to decide. Stosur has played five sets of tennis to get to this point and has lost a combined 12 games in the four sets she’s won. Stosur has kind of come out of nowhere this season after many wrote her off at the age of 32 years old. A victory here would certainly be huge for Stosur and all of Australia. Stosur has five wins over top-10 players since 2015 and is now 3-3 in olympic play for her career. Stosur has won five of her last seven matches on hard court.
These two have split their previous six matches with the most recent meeting taking place in the 2015 Hong Kong Open, a match Kerber won in straight sets. Kerber has beaten Stosur in three of the last four meetings.
This should be a hell of a match, especially with Stosur finding the fountain of youth lately. However, Kerber has been in another zone this season and has a chance to win a medal for Germany. There’s not too many who can beat Kerber in her current form, especially on hard court.
Give me Kerber in two competitive sets.