Daria Gavrilova vs Serena Williams
|Date & Time||Monday August 13, 2018, 12:30 PM (EDT)|
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Serena Williams is set to play the Cincinnati Masters as she looks to get some tennis under her belt before the US Open. She will be taking on Australian player, Daria Gavrilova, in the opening round of the tournament. Both players will be keen to make a deep run in this tournament and that should ensure that we will get treated to some hard-fought tennis.
Daria Gavrilova is known to be an emotional player and has managed to lose her temper on the court many times. The Australian did such a thing at the Australian Open and that caused her to lose and get eliminated. This is something that must improve. As far as this match is concerned, Daria Gavrilova will look to take advantage of Serena Williams’ lack of tennis. Daria Gavrilova has been far more active and she will hope that form will allow her to be beneficial. There is no denying that this will be a tough match for Daria Gavrilova so it will be important that she can remain composed and put out a top performance.
On the other side of the court, Serena Williams will look to refocus on tennis. The American has not been keen to play in recent weeks having pulled out of the Rogers Cup. With the US Open fast approaching, Serena Williams will need to start getting some minutes on the court if she wishes to be a chance at Flushing Meadows. This will be a great chance for Serena Williams to get some much needed time on the court and also some momentum. It is clear that Serena is the better player but the result will be determined by the Americans desire to play.
I think we have to pick Serena to win this match. While it is unclear whether she will perform to the best of her ability, we have to think that she will. This tournament is important for preparation and I think that will ensure that Williams will play hard. That motivation should be enough for her to play well and win.