Wang Qiang vs. Venus Williams
|Date & Time||Thursday June 20, 2019, 11:00 AM (EDT)|
Edgbaston Priory Club
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At the 2019 WTA Birmingham Classic, Wang Qiang will play against Venus Williams.
Wang Qiang enters this match having defeated Lauren Davis in straight sets in the previous round. Wang impressed with her receiving as she won 50% of her return points which allowed her to break Lauren Davis’ serve on 4 occasions. Wang complimented her receiving by serving well and winning 89% of her service games.
It has been a tough 2019 season for Wang Qiang as she only won 56% of her matches. The grass court season will be foreign to Wang as she has only played 6 matches on this surface since the start of 2016. Wang Qiang has never made a WTA final on grass.
On the other side of the court, Venus Williams looked very impressive in her previous match Aliaksandra Sasnovich in straight sets. During the victory, Venus Williams won 80% of her service games and 4 return games. Throughout the entire match, Venus Williams looked in total control as she dominated points with her serve and moved with swiftly across the court.
The Grass court season has always been a highlight for Venus Williams as she has won Wimbledon on 5 occasions. Looking at her career statistics, Venus has won over 80% of her matches played on grass.
Venus Williams and Wang Qiang have played each other 3 times in the past. Venus Williams has won on 2 occasions while Wang Qiang has won once. The most recent match between these two players was in 2018 at the Fed Cup where Wang Qiang won in straight sets. On grass, Venus has a 1-0 record against Wang as the American won at Wimbledon in 2017. Both of Wang Qiang’s head-to-head wins against Venus Williams have been on clay.
Wang Qiang is the higher ranked player but I see her losing this match. Wang has not played much tennis on grass and she lacks the power to compete on this surface. Venus Williams is one of the greatest grass court players and the American still seems to have the power and awareness to succeed. Venus looked very good in her previous match and I see her being good enough to defeat Wang.