Venus Williams vs. Belinda Bencic
|Date & Time||Friday September 4, 2015, 10:00 PM (EDT)|
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Belinda Bencic and Venus Williams meet Friday in the third round of the 2015 US Open.
Belinda Bencic is coming off a three set match against Misaki Doi and has played five sets overall in her first two matches. Bencic is winning at least 64 percent of her first serve points, but won just 34 percent of her second serve points in her last match. Bencic has combined for eight aces, 47 winners and 60 unforced errors. Bencic must be better on her service game, as she has eight double faults already and has really struggled on her second serve recently. Bencic has been bounced in the second round or earlier in four of her seven grand slam appearances. However, Bencic did reach the quarterfinals in last years US Open, which was her first appearance at this tournament.
Venus Williams is coming off a three set win over Irina Falconi and has played six sets in her first two matches overall. Venus is winning at least 65 percent of her first serve points and 44 percent of her second serve points. The low second serve point percentage has to be concerning for Venus and her team. Venus has combined for 24 aces, 83 winners and 91 unforced errors in her first two matches. Venus has been a real hit or miss this tournament and could have easily been sent home if it wasn’t for the amount of winners she’s hitting. Venus must be more consistent to make a deeper run. Venus has not passed the third round of the US Open since 2009. In fact, Venus has surpassed the third round of a major just twice in her last 13 grand slam appearances.
These two have played three times in the past, and Venus has won all three matches in straight sets. The most recent meeting was this year in Dubai, a match that took just 15 games to be decided. This will be the third time these two have played together on hard court.
This is an interesting match between a legend and one of the future stars of tennis. Overall, I have more trust in Bencic playing more consistent than I do in Venus. Look for the 18-year-old to get another career win to her resume andher first over Venus.