Barbora Strycova vs. Venus Williams
Sunday, September 29, 2019 at 5:00 AM (National Tennis Center)
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American tennis superstar, Venus Williams will be playing at the 2019 WTA China Open in Beijing. Venus will begin her campaign against Barbora Strycova from Czechia.
Venus Williams has struggled at her last few tournaments. Venus last played at the Wuhan Open where she was eliminated in the opening round by Danielle Rose Collins. It was a poor performance by Venus Williams as she only won 58% of her service games. The China Open has always been a tough tournament for Venus as she has never made it past the third round at this event. Considering her recent form and her record at this venue, Venus Williams is expected to struggle.
On the other side of the coin, Barbora Strycova reached the second round of the Wuhan Open where she was eliminated by Simona Halep. Barbora Strycova had a tough North American season but the Czech player showed good form at Wimbledon where she made the semifinals. The China Open has been a decent tournament for Strycova as she made the quarterfinals of this event in 2017. Playing against Venus Williams is always a very tough task but considering recent results, Barbora Strycova will be optimistic about her chances of winning this match.
Venus Williams and Barbora Strycova have played each other once in the past. The match was played in 2016 at the Rogers Cup where Venus Williams won in straight sets. It was a dominant win for Venus Williams as she only lost 3 games in the entire match.
As far as this match is concerned, I am going to pick Barbora Strycova to win. Venus Williams has struggled over the past few weeks and the American seems to lack any consistency. Barbora Strycova is a solid player and I see her being good enough to defeat Venus Williams and progress into the second round.