Venus Williams vs. Alize Cornet
|Date & Time||Wednesday January 16, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)|
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Venus Williams and Alize Cornet meet in the second round of the 2019 tennis Australian Open.
Venus Williams is coming off a three sets win over Mihaela Buzarnescu that took 34 games to decide. In the victory, Venus won 68 percent of her first serve points and 47 percent of her second serve points. Venus won 61 percent of her total services points and produced five breaks on seven break points. Venus looked to be dead in the water after being down a set and a break, but she muscled through the match and seemed to get stronger in the third set. In order for a deeper run, Venus must clean up the 40 unforced errors. Venus hopes to make the third round of a grand slam for the 10th time in her last 12 tries. Venus has won six of her last eight matches on hard court.
Alize Cornet is coming off a straight sets win over Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino that took 16 games to decide. In the victory, Cornet won 78 percent of her first serve points and 48 percent of her second serve points. Cornet won 65 percent of her total service points and converted on five of her 21 break points. Cornet was sharp with her return and played an overall clean match, two things that gives her a real chance here if she can repeat it. After a frustrating 2018, Cornet is off to a strong start this year, which included a semifinal appearance in Hobart. Cornet has to be riding high with confidence at the moment. Cornet hopes to make the third round of a grand slam for the fifth time since 2016. Cornet has won four of her last five matches on hard court.
Thee two have played seven times and Venus won six of those matches. The most recent match was in Hong Kong in 2016, a match Cornet won in three sets. Five of the seven matches have been decided in straight sets.
Cornet has pushed Venus in the last two meetings and won the last match, so the h2h numbers aren’t that dominating, especially when you consider they haven’t played in a while. Venus is always a risky bet due to her high number of unforced errors, as she ca throw in a real stinker at the drop of a dime. Always be careful when betting Venus.
With that said, Venus has had much more success in grand slam play, and I’m not 100 percent sold on Cornet, a player who has ben fade material for several months. As long as Venus cleans her game up a bit, she rolls here with far less stress than her opener.