Venus vs. Kerber
|Date & Time||Wednesday March 29, 2017, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
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Angelique Kerber and Venus Williams meet Wednesday in the quarterfinals in the 2017 Miami Open.
Angelique Kerber is coming off a straight sets win over Risa Ozaki that took 16 games to decide. In the victory, Kerber won 64 percent of her first serve points and 75 percent of her second serve points. Kerber has yet to drop a set this tournament and is coming off a match in which she won 59 percent of her return points. Kerber has had her ups and downs so far this season, but she’s coming off one of her better matches and showing signs of getting out of this minor funk she’s been in. Kerber just needs to be more consistent with her service game. Kerber has won six of her last eight quarterfinal appearances. Kerber has won eight of her last 10 matches on hard court.
Venus Williams is coming off a straight sets win over Svetlana Kuznetsova that took 22 games to decide. In the victory, Venus won 78 percent of her first serve points and 73 percent of her second serve points. Venus simply dominated her service game in her last match and made a monster comeback in the second set tiebreak to avoid a third set. Venus continues to surprise tennis fans with her play despite turning 37 in July, and she’s made the quarterfinals in now three of her last four events. However, Venus doesn’t have a win over a No. 1 player since her 2014 Rogers Cup victory over Serena Williams. Venus has won six of her last seven quarterfinal appearances. Venus has won 10 of her last 12 matches on hard court.
These two have played six times in the past and Kerber has won four of those meetings. The most recent match was in the 2016 Wimbledon, a match Kerber won in straight sets. However, Venus is 2-1 against Kerber on hard court. Four of the six matches between these two have been decided in straight sets.
This is going to be a must-watch match for tennis fans, as it’s the top ranked player in the world against a living legend who hasn’t seemed to age. I’m going with Venus in the match. Venus has been more consistent this season and seems to be more in the moment and want to win these matches more than her opponents. Also, Venus has had the upperhand against Kerber on hard court and has the ability to hit through the German. Venus will also have a heavy crowd advantage in this match, which usually wakes her up when she struggles at times.
I’ll continue to ride the Venus bandwagon.