Angelique Kerber vs. Serena Williams
|Date & Time||Saturday January 30, 2016, 10:00 PM (EST)|
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Serena Williams and Angelique Kerber meet in the final of the 2016 Australian Open.
Serena Williams is coming off a straight sets win over Agnieszka Radwanska and hasn’t dropped a set all tournament. Serena is getting at least 52 percent of her first serves in play and is winning no less than 73 percent of those points. Serena has produced 73 winners in her last two matches and has had no more than 22 unforced errors in all of her matches. Serena looks to be back in rare in form, as she’s trimmed her errors down in a big way and has played no more than 17 games in her last five matches. Serena hopes to win her fifth grand slam in the last six tries. Serena looks to win her seventh Australian Open title. Serena has not lost a grand slam final since the 2011 US Open.
Angelique Kerber is coming off a straight sets win over Johanna Konta and has dropped one set this tournament. Kerber is getting at least 54 percent of her first serves in play and has won no less than 56 percent of those points. Kerber has produced 70 winners in her last three matches and has had 20 or less unforced errors in her last four matches. Kerber has to be better with her first serve if she’s going to stand any chance of winning this match. The one thing Kerber does have going for her is the aggressiveness at the net. This is Kerber’s first career grand slam final appearance. Kerber has won four singles titles since 2014.
These two have played each other six times, and Serena leads the series 5-1. The most recent match was in the 2014 Stanford Classic, a match Serena won in straight sets. Serena has beaten Kerber in the last four meetings and all six meetings overall have been decided in straight sets. Kerber’s only win over Serena came in the 2012 Cincinnati Masters. This will be the seventh time Serena and Kerber play on hard court.
Serena has lost just four grand slam final appearances throughout her lengthy career. You simply don’t bet against the best ever when the big matches are on the line. Kerber doesn’t have what it takes to beat Serena, and the power mismatch should get this match over rather quickly.
Serena will tie Steffi Graf with her 22nd career grand slam crown.