Serena Williams vs. Barbora Strycova
|Date & Time||Thursday July 11, 2019, 9:30 AM (EDT)|
All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club
London, United Kingdom
The Line: Serena -351 / Strycova +296 -- Over/Under:
Serena Williams and Barbora Strycova meet in the semifinal of the 2019 tennis Wimbledon.
Serena Williams is coming off a three sets win over Alison Riske that took 29 games to decide. In the victory, Serena won 64 percent of her first serve points and 51 percent of her second serve points. Serena won 59 percent of his total service points and converted on six of her 16 break points. Serena got 58 percent of her first serves in play and hit 19 aces along with 49 winners. Serena was broken five times, but it was easily her best serving performance overall and is a positive sign moving forward. If Serena is going to pile up the free points like that moving forward, she has to like her chances of winning this title. Serena hopes to make a grand slam final for the 11th time in her last 16 tries. A win also gives Serena her fourth straight Wimbledon final appearance. Serena is 31-5 in career grand slam semifinal matches. Serena has won 11 of her last 12 matches on grass court.
Barbora Strycova is coming off a straight sets win over Johanna Konta that took 20 games to decide. In the victory, Strycova won 67 percent of her first serve points and 74 percent of her second serve points. Strycova won 69 percent of his total service points and converted on three of her seven break points. Strycova got 69 percent of her first serves in play, was broken just once and had only nine unforced errors. Once Strycova lost four of the first five games, she turned the match on its head and dominated the rest of the way. It’s a performance that should give Strycova a lot of confidence, and she’s now won 10 of her 11 sets this tournament. Strycova hopes to make her first career grand slam final appearance and her first final appearance overall since the 2017 Linz Open. Strycova has 10 career wins over top-10 players, with one of those victories coming this year. Strycova has won eight of her last 10 matches on grass court.
These two have played three times and Serena has won all three meetings in straight sets, including the last match in the 2017 Australian Open. These two played once on grass, which came in the 2012 Wimbledon.
Strycova has pulled off three straight upsets to get to her first career grand slam semifinal, so nothing at this point would be surprising. Serena has also been shaky in her last few matches, having issues with her second serve and sprinkling in some costly unforced errors. With that said, Serena seems to have her power serve back and is usually at her best when powering aces down the line. The draw has also opened up for Serena quite nicely, so if she’s ever going to win No. 24, now would be a good time to do it.
Serena makes the Wimbledon final for the 11th time in her career.