Christina McHale vs. Serena Williams
Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at 4:00 PM (ASB Tennis Centre)
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In the second round of the 2019 WTA Auckland Open, Serena Williams will play against Christina McHale from the United States.
Christina McHale enters this match having won her previous fixture in straight sets against Ann Li. It was a dominant display by McHale as she won 70% of her service games and 6 return games. The receiving was especially impressive from Christina McHale as she won 54% of her receiving points. 2019 was a relatively poor season for Christina McHale as she struggled on the WTA tour. This is expected to be an extremely tough match for McHale since she is playing an elite opponent in Serena Williams.
Looking at Serena Williams, the American superstar will be looking to build some momentum leading up to the Australian Open. Serena is still searching for the 24th Grand Slam title and with time running out, she will be desperate to be well prepared for the Australian Open. Serena Williams looked solid during her previous match as she defeated Camila Giorgi in straight sets. Serena looked comfortable as she won all of her service games and 3 return games. This should be a relatively simple fixture for Serena Williams and she will be looking to win with some comfort.
Serena Williams and Christina McHale have played each other 3 times in the past. Serena Williams has a 3-0 head-to-head record against McHale. The most recent match between these two players was 2016 at Wimbledon where Serena Williams won in 3 sets.
Christina McHale looked in good form during her previous match but I don’t see her being good enough to cause Serena any problems. Serena Williams was dominant during her previous match and I see her being hugely focussed as she prepares for the Australian Open. There is a big gap in skill between the two players so I am going to predict that Serena will win in straight sets.