Vandeweghe vs. Venus
|Date & Time||Wednesday January 25, 2017, 9:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Vandeweghe -136 / Venus +120 -- Over/Under:
Venus Williams and Coco Vandeweghe meet in the semifinals of the 2017 Australian Open.
Venus Williams is coming off a straight sets win over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova that took 23 games to decide. In the victory, Venus won 57 percent of her first serve points and 59 percent of her second serve points. Venus continues to surprise the tennis world at 35 years old and is now in her first grand slam semifinal since the 2010 US Open. Venus has yet to drop a set this tournament and has produced a combined 66 winners in her last two matches. The one concern with Venus is her serve, with was subpar in her last match and has to improve in order to advance. Venus hopes to make her first grand slam final since the 2009 Wimbledon. Venus has won six of her last seven matches on hard court.
Coco Vandeweghe is coming off a straight sets win over Garbine Muguruza that took 16 games to decide. In the victory, Vandeweghe won 88 percent of her first serve points and 52 percent of her second serve points. Vandeweghe is by far the surprise of the tournament, as she’s had little to no grand slam success besides a quarterfinal appearance in the 2015 Wimbledon. Nonetheless, Vandeweghe has lost just nine games in her last two matches and has won no less than 78 percent of her first serve points in her last three matches. Serving at that percentage will make this a successful 2017 season for Vandeweghe. Vandeweghe now has 10 career wins over top-10 players. Vandeweghe hopes to make her first career grand slam final. Vandeweghe has won six of her last seven matches on hard court.
The only meeting between these two was in last years Rome Masters, a match Venus won in straight sets. The match took 19 games to decide.
We have the experience and the legend American in Venus against one of the future star Americans in Vandeweghe, who is just 25 years old. Should be a good one. And while a possible Venus-Serena final would be terrific and would kill ratings, Vandeweghe has the power and the shotmaking to really tilt this match in her favor. Venus will have a hard time keeping up with Vandeweghe and if she serves like she did in her last match, the feisty Vandeweghe will eat her alive.
I wouldn't mind being wrong on this one, but I see Vandeweghe winning this match.