Arantxa Rus vs. Serena Williams
|Date & Time||Monday July 2, 2018, 7:00 AM (EDT)|
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Serena Williams and Arantxa Rus meet in the first round of the 2018 tennis Wimbledon.
Serena Williams is coming off a fourth round appearance at the French Open in which she surpassed expectations given the lack of playing time under her belt. Serena did have to withdraw from the tournament due to an injury, but likely had a lot to do with fatigue, and she should be fine after getting almost a month of rest and recovery. Serena now heads into a tournament in which she’s won three of her last five appearances, and she hasn’t lost on grass since the 2014 Wimbledon. It’s still risky to dive head first with Serena given the lack of reps she’s had in the last two years, but judging off her play in the French, she should be one of the favorites to win this tournament, if she can stay healthy. Serena has won 14 straight matches on grass court.
Arantxa Rus is a 27-year-old who has had very little success on the WTA main tour, but she has made countless ITF final appearances and did win the Swedish Open doubles last year. Other than small events or double success, Rus has really struggled to breakthrough on the big stage and heads into this tournament with a hit or miss record on the year. However, Rus did make the quarterfinals in Istanbul with a win over Shuai Zhang, so she has shown she can hang with some decent players from time to time. The biggest thing working for Rus is the lack of expectations, as she has zero pressure on her to win this match. Rus hopes to make it out of the first round of a grand slam for the first time since the 2012 Wimbledon. Rus has split her last four matches on grass court.
There’s no previous matches between these two players.
Serena should be healthy to at least start this tournament, and that’s enough to advance to the second round. Rus has done nothing against top tier players in her career, and this is her first grand slam appearance since 2013. There’s levels to this, and well, there’s a massive gap between these two players. This will be your typical first set blowout.
Serena rolls in straight sets.