Kuznetsova vs. Serena
|Date & Time||Tuesday July 5, 2016, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line -- Over/Under:
Serena Williams and Svetlana Kuznetsova meet in the fourth round of the 2016 Wimbledon.
Serena Williams is coming off a straight sets win over Annika Beck that took less than a hour. In the victory, Serena won 25 of 29 first serve points and racked up 25 winners and 14 unforced errors. Serena is coming off her best performance yet, as she lost just three games and won 86 percent of her first serve points. In her last two matches, Serena has 79 winners and is finishing her points quickly. Serena should steamroll her way to the finals if she keeps playing this way. Serena looks to make her eighth straight grand slam quarterfinal appearance. Serena has won 10 straight matches on grass.
Svetlana Kuznetsova is coming off a three set win over Sloane Stephens that took two and a half hours. In the victory, Kuznetsova won 43 of 77 first serve points and racked up 24 winners and 29 unforced errors. Kuznetsova was able to bounce back after getting down early and won a third set that took 14 games. Kuznetsova does have 46 unforced errors in her last two matches, but she continues to find easy to win and serves well when the pressure is on. Kuznetsova has five victories over top-10 players since 2015, including two this season. Kuznetsova has a chance to make her first grand slam quarterfinal since the 2014 French Open. Kuznetsova has won six of her last nine matches on grass.
These two have met 12 times in the past and Serena has won nine of those meetings. The most recent match came in this year's Rome Masters, a match Serena won in 14 games. Kuznetsova did beat Serena in this year's Miami Masters. This will be the first match on grass.
Kuznetsova is dangerous considering she does have a win over Serena this season. However, Serena has played cleaner tennis up to this point and sees the open door to another final with Garbine Muguruzagone.
Give me Serena in straight sets.