Alize Cornet vs. Serena Williams
|Date & Time||Monday August 6, 2018, 6:00 PM (EDT)|
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Serena Williams and Alize Cornet meet in the first round of the 2018 tennis Rogers Cup.
Serena Williams enters this tournament on a two-match losing streak, which includes winning just one game against Johanna Konta. Right when it looked like Serena was back on top of her game, she had seven double faults and won just 37 percent of her service points in her most recent match. Now it’s tough to know what to think or how to view Serena, and it doesn’t help matters that the US Open is right around the corner. In order to restore confidence in us bettors, we need to see Serena bounce back in a big way, as she played as poorly as she did when she first returned to the sport. Serena has also been broken a combined 10 times in her last two matches. Serena has lost three straight matches on hard court.
Alize Cornet lost her first match in Russia, but she’s still fresh off the Ladies Championship Gstaad title, which is easily the highlight of her season this far. Cornet went five straight matches without dropping a set and managed to give herself 20 break chances in the final. Sure, the competition wasn’t the best in the world, but it was her first title since the 2016 Hobart International and it’s a much needed confidence boost for the 28-year-old. Cornet was once a borderline top-10 player in the world and winning a tournament can light that spark again. It’s fair to say Cornet is a more dangerous player now than she was a couple of months ago. Cornet has lost four of her last five matches on hard court.
These two have split the previous eight matches, but Serena won the most recent match in the 2016 olympics. However, Cornet has won three of the last four matches (one being a retirement) against Serena. Five of the seven matches played have been decided in straight sets.
Cornet is worth a look here based on her success against Serena and with the current form of both players. Is Serena going to be the player we just saw or the player who nearly won the Wimbledon? Your guess is as good as mine. I’m going to assume Serena bounces back, as she’s won this tournament three times and knows she needs some positive results with her favorite major on deck.
Serena finds her form and grinds out a victory.