Serena Williams vs. Caty McNally
Wednesday, August 28, 2019 at 8:00 PM (USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center)
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Serena Williams and Caty McNally meet in the second round of the 2019 tennis US Open..
Serena Williams is coming off a straight sets win over Maria Sharapova that took 14 games to decide. In the victory, Serena won 78 percent of her first serve points and 60 percent of her second serve points. Serena won 70 percent of her total service points and converted on five of her six break points. Serena got 57 percent of her first serves in play, saved all five of her break points and hit five aces. Nine of Serena’s last 12 victories have been decided in straight sets. As long as Serena hits her spots the way she did in her opening match, this is her tournament to lose. Serena hasn’t lost before the third round of a grand slam since the 2014 French Open. Serena has won five of her last six matches on hard court.
Caty McNally is coming off a straight sets win over Timea Bacsinszky that took 17 games to decide. In the victory, McNally won 61 percent of her first serve points and 41 percent of her second serve points. McNally won 55 percent of her total service points and converted on seven of her 11 break points. McNally got 69 percent of her first serves in play and saved two of her six break points. It was an impressive showing for the 17-year-old American, but she’ll have to clean up the unforced errors and be sharper with the second serve if she’s going to prevail any further in this tournament. McNally looks to make the third round of a grand slam for the first time while also beating her first ever top-10 player. McNally has won four of her last six matches on hard court.
There’s no match history between these two players.
Let’s get it out of the way and say that Serena isn’t losing this tournament if she plays the way she played in her opening match. Obviously Serena’s play changes throughout the tournament and she’s not as consistent as she was in her younger days. McNally isn’t experienced enough to win this match and the lack of quality second serve hurts her in a big way.
Serena rolls in straight sets.