The third day of the WTA Finals in Singapore brought with it some startling results. Few would have considered Serena Williams to be one of the four competitors who can potentially exit the tournament at an early stage. The American will get a chance to keep her hopes alive when she meet Canada’s Eugenie Bouchard on Thursday afternoon. This will mark just the second time that the two competitors meet on the professional tour, with the Williams vs Bouchard Head to Head standing at 1-0.
In one of the biggest beatdowns in Serena Williams’ career, the American suffered a staggering 6-0, 6-2 loss to Simona Halep – a scoreline that has not been seen in a Serena match since 1998 when she lost to Joannette Kruger 6-1, 6-1.
Williams found herself being dragged across the court with surprising ease from Halep, and was simply unable to withstand her serving on this particular occasion.
“It’s odd. I feel like once you lose you should be out of event, you know, that’s what we’re used to,” Williams said. “But I’m still hanging in there, so we’ll see what happens.
“I played the tournament when it was an elimination. This format is fun because you can lose and keep winning. But I’m in a situation where I’m going to have to win my matches because I didn’t win many games today at all.”
While Williams’ loss was a surprising one given her earlier form against Ana Ivanovic, that can hardly be the case considered for Eugenie Bouchard. Having already lost her opening match to Halep 6-2, 6-3, the Canadian added to the disappointment when she suffered her first loss to Ana Ivanovic 6-1, 6-3, in a similarly lackluster contest.
This marks just the second time that Bouchard and Williams will meet on the tour, with the American leading the head-to-head series 1-0. Her victory took place in Cincinnati last season, where Williams was forced to rally back from a set down to defeat the then-19-year-old 4-6, 6-2, 6-2. While both had terrible showings on Wednesday, I fully expect Williams to dominate this encounter against an uninspired ‘Genie.’
Prediction: Serena Williams in Straight Sets