Venus Williams vs. Donna Vekic
|Date & Time||Thursday August 15, 2019, 1:00 PM (EDT)|
Lindner Family Tennis Center
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Venus Williams and Donna Vekic meet in the third round of the 2019 tennis Cincinnati Open.
Venus Williams is coming off a three sets win over Kiki Bertens that took 31 games to decide. In the victory, Venus won 62 percent of her first serve points and 55 percent of her second serve points. Venus won 59 percent of her total service points and converted on five of her 11 break points. Venus got 57 percent of her first serves in play, saved five of her 10 break points and hit one ace. Venus looks to win three straight matches for the first time since Miami. Venus hopes to make the quarterfinal of the Cincinnati Open for the first time since 2012 and her first Premier 5 quarterfinal since the 2017 Italian Open. Venus has split her last six matches on hard court.
Donna Vekic is coming off a straight sets win over Victoria Azarenka that took 20 games to decide. In the victory, Vekic won 76 percent of her first serve points and 53 percent of her second serve points. Vekic won 66 percent of her total service points and converted on four of her seven break points. Vekic got 56 percent of her first serves in play, saved two of her three break points and hit five aces. Vekic has won all four sets this tournament and six of her last nine wins have been decided in straight sets. Vekic looks to win three matches for the second time in her last three tournaments. Vekic has won three of her last four matches on hard court.
These two played once, which was in the 2016 Wimbledon, a match Venus won in straight sets. The match was decided in 23 games.
Venus matches these days simply come down to how she’s going to serve and what the unforced error numbers are looking like. If Venus isn’t beating herself and making crazy errors, she wins. Considering she’s had an extra day of rest and we’re on American soil, I’ll give her the edge. While Vekic has beaten some decent competition these last few weeks, she’s not going to blow anybody away with her game.
I like Venus to make the quarters.