Bacsinszky vs. Venus
|Date & Time||Sunday June 4, 2017, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
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Venus Williams and Timea Bacsinszky meet in the fourth round of the 2017 French Open.
Venus Williams is coming off a straight sets win over Elise Mertens that took 16 games to decide. In the victory, Venus won 86 percent of her first serve points and 42 percent of her second serve points. Venus has yet to drop a set this tournament and has lost just eight games in her last two matches. Venus has gotten better in each match with her unforced errors but has still been broken five times, so she can certainly improve her play moving forward. Overall, however, Venus has looked sharp and has to be considered a contender for the title given the way the field is shaping up. Venus looks for her fifth grand slam quarterfinal since 2015. Venus hasn't made a French Open quarterfinal since 2006. Venus has won six of her last seven matches on clay court.
Timea Bacsinszky is coming off a straight sets win over Ons Jabeur that took 16 games to decide. In the victory, Bacsinszky won 71 percent of her first serve points and 63 percent of her second serve points. Bacsinszky has lost just nine games in her first three matches and has hit 40 winners in her last two matches. Bacsinszky has also won 55 percent or better of her return points in each match this tournament and has been broken just three times. Bacsinszky looks for her fourth career grand slam quarterfinal. Bacsinszky has made the quarters in each of the last two French Opens. Bacsinszky is 3-0 in her career in the fourth round of a grand slam. Bacsinszky has won five of her last six matches on clay court.
These two have played three times in the past and Venus has won two of those meetings. The most recent match was in the 2016 French Open, a match Bacsinszky won in straight sets. Venus’ victories came in the 2014 US Open and the 2008 Olympics.
You could make an argument for either of these players given their current form and Bacsinszky did beat Venus in last years French Open. However, I still give Venus the edge with the way she's serving and the fact she's improved her unforced error total in each of her three matches. Venus has shown in recent tournaments that she gets better the deeper she goes. As long as Venus does not give games away with countless hits into the net, she should be fine.
I like Venus to advance to another quarterfinals.