Following their first ever encounter back at the Sony Open two months ago, former world No. 1 Venus Williams and Anna Schmiedlova will meet again, this time in the second round of the French Open. A win for Williams could set up a highly anticipated third round clash with her younger sister Serena Williams. Check out the Williams vs Schmiedlova Head to Head.
Williams faced a surprisingly stern test on Sunday against Swiss youngster Belinda Bencic, as she was forced to recover from an early break to earn the 6-4, 6-1 victory. Williams found her form in the second set and was able to crack the Swiss code while hitting 21 winners past her.
“I have to give her some credit – she’s improved a lot since the first time we played,” Williams said of the 17-year-old Bencic. “I didn’t play my first major until about 17, so I think she’s a little bit ahead of me. She definitely has maybe more experience at her age than I did. I didn’t play so much.
“But I think she has a great attitude, and it will take her a long way.”
World No. 56 Anna Schmiedlova reached the second round of the French Open for the second straight time in her career. The 19year-old lost to Jamie Hampton in the second round last year but will be looking to change her fate this time around with a upset win over Venus.
This is the second time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour, with Venus leading the head-to-head series 1-0 with a victory two months ago at the Sony Open in Miami. She, along with the tennis fans and pundits alike, will be watching in hope that the American reaches the third round and sets up a clash with world No. 1 Serena Williams.
Prediction: Venus Williams in Straight Sets