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Venus Williams vs. Maria Sakkari 2018 Cincinnati Open Tennis Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction

Maria Sakkari vs. Venus Williams

August 2018

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Venus Williams and Maria Sakkari meet in the first round of the tennis Cincinnati Open.

Venus Williams made some progress in Montreal with two victories, but she’s still been very inconsistent this season overall. Venus has lost eight of her last 14 matches and is coming off a performance in which she won just 44 percent of her total service points. For the first time in a while, Venus may be starting to show signs of her age and this could possibly be the decline many predicted would take place years ago. There’s just not a lot that Venus has shown since Miami worth getting excited about. However, Venus usually plays her best tennis in the United States, so maybe this is the month she starts to turn things around. Venus has won three of her last five matches on hard court.

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Venus Williams vs. Maria Sakkari 2018 Cincinnati Open Tennis Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction

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Maria Sakkari has had struggles of her own, as she’s lost six of her last 11 matches, which includes losing four of her last five sets. Sakkari is coming off a match in which she won 46 percent of her total service points and was broken eight times. However, it is worth mentioning that Sakkari made the final in San Jose, so she has had some recent success and maybe her performance in Montreal was simply fatigue. If the Sakkari that made a deep run in California is the one that shows up here, she’s a dark horse to life the trophy when it’s all said and done. For Sakkari, it all comes down to winning at least 60 percent of her total service points. Sakkari has won four of her last six matches on hard court.

These two have played three times and Venus has won two of those matches. The most recent meeting was in this years Stanford Classic, a match Sakkari won in straight sets.

Sakkari just beat Venus rather easily a couple of weeks ago, winning 51 percent of her return points. We’ve seen very little from Venus the last few months that suggests she’s going to turn things around. Venus isn’t serving well and the unforced errors are becoming a serious issue. I don’t trust her in her current form. 

Sakkari wins this match.

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