Another generational battle is scheduled to grace Rod Laver Arena on Wednesday evening, as former world No. 1 Venus Williams meets fellow American rising star Madison Keys to determine who will advance to the semi-final stage of the tournament. This is just the second ever meeting between these two professionals, with Williams leading the head to head series 1-0 with a victory two years ago at Charleston.
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Former Australian Open finalist Venus Williams weathered a second set storm from Radwanska to defeat the Polish No. 1 6-3, 2-6, 6-1 and advance to the final eight in Melbourne. She hit 43 winners, 6 aces, and converted 5 breaks of serve to close out the match in 2 hours and 5 minutes. Williams will next face Madison Keys, who is coached by a player that Williams is all too familiar with.
“Lindsay comments on so many matches, so I know that she I’m sure knows everyone’s game. I’m sure that’s why Madison is playing so well. I think my game has changed a lot since I used to play Lindsay, as well. I feel like I’m continually evolving, adding things to my game. I don’t think it’s the same report as it would have been at that time, however many years ago that was.”
Up against a fellow American named Madison, Keys defeated Brengle 6-2, 6-4 to arrive at her first Australian Open quarter-final. The rising star needed just 61 minutes to close out the match, and did so by hitting 38 winners, 6 aces, and 83% of her first service points. She will next come up against one of her role models in Venus Williams.
“Venus is a big hitter, has a great serve, and can be very much on the offense.”
Considering Williams and Keys have only met once previously, and that the contest took place nearly two years ago in Charleston, this will likely be a far different encounter, and will bring about varied results. The resurgent Williams has been in fantastic form since the start of 2015 and is more than capable of advancing to the semi-final stage of the tournament. However, she will be hard-pressed to defeat Madison Keys, who is already making use of her partnership with Lindsay Davenport.
Prediction: Venus Williams in Three Sets