Duan vs. Venus
|Date & Time||Thursday January 19, 2017, 9:00 PM (EST)|
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Venus Williams and Duan Yingying meet in the third round of the 2017 Australian Open.
Venus Williams is coming off a straight sets win over Stefanie Voegele that took 17 games to decide. In the victory, Venus won 69 percent of her first serve points and 64 percent of her second serve points. Venus has looked really sharp in her first two matches and has won her last six sets played overall. As long as Venus continues to serve well and limit her unforced errors that have killed her as she’s gotten older, she’ll be in great shape. The concern with Venus is her elbow injury that forced her to withdraw from doubles play with her sister Serena. Venus hopes to reach the fourth round of a grand slam for the fourth straight appearance. Venus has won four of her last six matches on hard court.
Duan Yingying is coming off a three set win over Varvara Lepchenko that took 34 games to decide. In the victory, Duan won 63 percent of her first serve points and 63 percent of her second serve points. Duan came into this tournament with zero grand slam success at 27 years old and was making just her fourth appearance overall. Now, Duan is becoming a name to watch, as she’s been dominant with her service game and has been aggressive on the return. Duan has won 26 of 46 second serve points in her first two matches and that’s a recipe for success if those numbers continue. Duan looks to make the fourth round of a grand slam for the first time. Duan has won seven of her last eight matches on hard court.
These two have never met on the tennis court before.
This match is interesting when you factor in Venus’ elbow injury and the question of how effective she can be if it’s that serious. Duan just beat a former top-20 player in her last match and did make the quarterfinals in Sydney. Duan is no pushover in her current form and is gaining some serious confidence in this tournament. Not to mention Venus can struggle with unforced errors, something that can pop up out of nowhere with her at any time.
Given all the question marks, I’m going to take Duan to win this match.