A highly intriguing final between two of the WTA tour’s aging veterans Venus Williams and Mirjana Lucic-Baroni is set to take place in the final of the Quebec City tournament on Sunday. This marks the first time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour, with Williams leading the series with an unblemished 2-0 record.
Former world No. 1 Venus Williams won an all-American encounter against Shelby Rogers. Williams stormed to a 6-3, 5-1 lead but faced some slight resistance in the next two games before she closed out the match with a pair of 6-3 sets.
“Every tournament you play, the dream is to get to the final, because then you know you have the chance to get the title,” Williams said. “Yesterday was such a battle – it could have gone either way – so today, to be able to win a little bit more straightforwardly, it’ll be good for me going into tomorrow.”
Following up on her US Open momentum, Lucic-Baroni reached her first WTA final since 1998 with a 6-4, 5-7, 6-2 victory over Julia Goerges.
“I’ve been working really hard and playing well like this has been my goal, but you still have to do it match after match,” Lucic-Baroni said. “The feeling of winning is such an amazing feeling, you can’t really get it anywhere else. It’s so satisfying to work so hard and fight so hard and win.”
This marks the third time these two will cross paths on the professional tour. Their first meeting took place 12 years ago at the US Open, while the second meeting was in Florianopolis last season. Williams won both those encounters and will likely be on her way to a second title this season.
“She’s had a lot of life experience that I think has really helped her be where she is right now, playing some of the best tennis on the tour,” Williams said of Lucic-Baroni. “I’m happy to see her playing well. I think a lot of people are happy to see her playing well. It’s great for the tour and women’s tennis.
“I know it won’t be easy. I hope to have the title, but I know I’ll have to work for it.”
Prediction: Venus Williams in Three Sets