WTA Championships 2013 Istanbul Semi-Final
Third Match of the Day
In the second semi final of the day, World No.1 Serena Williams (Player Profile) will play Jelena Jankovic (Player Profile) for a place in the final of the WTA Year End Championships with either Petra Kvitova or Na Li awaiting in the final. Check out the Williams v Jankovic Head to Head.
Serena made it 19 straight sets won after three victories in two in the round robin stage. With wins over Petra Kvitova, Angelique Kerber and Agnieszka Radwanska, she has not lost a set since the US Open Final and a match since the final of Cincinnati with a winning streak now at 16. Radwanska won the most games from Serena but in reality, none of her three opponents were anywhere close to springing a shock over the US Open winner.
After Victoria Azarenka’s earlier loss in the day, Jelena Jankovic made the semi finals without having to win her final match against Sara Errani to do so. The lack of motivation from Jankovic seemed clear enough as she fell to a 6-4 6-4 loss to the Italian to bring both players records to 1-2, qualifying Jankovic by virtue of number of sets won. It was the all important win over Azarenka that helped Jankovic make it this far after losing in three to Na Li in her second round robin match.
As would be expected, Serena’s dominance means many of the stats lie heavily in her favour. She hasn’t lost a set at this tournament to anyone other than her sister since 2007 – going 24-0 to those opponents and picking up titles in 2009 and 2012. She has lost just four matches all year, two to Victoria Azarenka as well as Sloane Stephens and Sabine Lisicki.
Jankovic is always been someone that has been able to compete with Serena in the past but has gone 0-2 this year against her. She won the first set in Charleston before being steamrollered in the latter two, winning just two more games in the 6-3 0-6 2-6 loss. Jankovic would meet her again in the Beijing final but this time would only take four games in a 6-2 6-2 win for Serena.
Other than Venus Williams, Jankovic is the only player with four or more wins over Serena (expect Victoria Azarenka to hit this target soon as she currently stands at 3) although the most recent one was in 2010 on the Rome clay. When Serena is in this kind of mood, it seems foolish to predict anything other than an easy victory after the way she dispatched of three very good players in the round robin stage.
Prediction: Serena Williams in straight sets
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