Aliaksandra Sasnovich vs. Venus Williams
|Date & Time||Tuesday June 18, 2019, 5:00 AM (EDT)|
Edgbaston Priory Club
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Venus Williams will begin her preparation for Wimbledon by playing at the 2019 WTA Birmingham Classic. Venus will play her first match against Aliaksandra Sasnovich from Belarus.
Aliaksandra Sasnovich has failed in her last few tournaments as she was eliminated in the opening round of both the French Open and the Italian Open. In general, it was a poor clay court season for Sasnovich as she only won 40% of her clay games in 2019. Such a record is indicative of form since Aliaksandra Sasnovich is usually very strong on clay. Moving onto grass may not help Aliaksandra Sasnovich since her record on grass courts is poor. Sasnovich has only won 50% of her matches on grass. The draw has not been kind to Aliaksandra Sasnovich as she is playing a very experienced and accomplished player in the opening round.
On the other side of the coin, Venus Williams will be hoping that she can reignite her season by having a strong Birmingham Classic campaign. It has been a decent 2019 season for Venus Williams as she made the quarterfinals of both the Indian Wells Open and the Auckland Open. The clay season didn’t treat Venus well as she failed at tournaments like the French Open and the Italian Open. At the age of 39, Venus still seems committed to her craft and she has shown much more determination than her sister. The grass court season may be the best chance for Venus to make a big impact since her pace and athleticism has dropped in recent years. Venus has an outstanding record on grass having won 82% of her matches on this surface. In addition to that, Venus Williams has also won Wimbledon on 5 occasions. Venus Williams may be past her peak but she has always been exceptional on grass and she definitely has the ability and experience to win this tournament.
This will be the first time that Aliaksandra Sasnovich and Venus Williams will be playing each other at a WTA event.
Aliaksandra Sasnovich is a promising talent but I see her losing this match. Venus Williams is one of the greatest grass court players and she still seems determined. Venus Williams has a powerful serve and a strong volley which have allowed her to win some of the biggest grass court tournaments in the world. Venus has a tremendous record in the United Kingdom and I see her being too strong for her opponent in this match.