For the first time since their dramatic Wimbledon encounter nearly two years ago, world No. 1 Serena Williams and Sabine Lisicki will cross paths on the professional tour. Williams will now have the opportunity to avenge her loss to Lisicki when they meet in the quarter-final of the Miami Open. Williams leads the head-to-head series 2-1.
In expected form, Serena Williams emphasized her top seed status when she cruised past Svetlana Kuznetsova in straight sets to reach the quarter-final round in Miami. It was an impressively dominant win against an opponent who was playing well at the event beforehand, as she closed out the match 6-2, 6-3. She struck six aces, won 85% of her first service points and saved all four of the break points she faced to close out the match in one hour and 14 minutes.
“Playing Svetlana, I know she’s super tough – we always have super tough matches,” Williams said. “The last time we played I was just fighting my hardest and I was barely able to win, so today I knew I had to come out super super focused, and I really just tried to do the best I could out there.”
“That’s a lot of winners – I’m just so happy to still be out here playing at home,” she added.
Germany’s Sabine Lisicki reached the quarter-final following an upset victory against Serbia’s Ana Ivanovic. She stormed past Ivanovic 6-1, 6-2 in a surprisingly smooth performance to set up her encounter with Williams.
This mark the fourth time that these two competitors cross paths on the WTA tour, with Williams leading the head-to-head series 2-1. While the American holds the lead in the series, Lisicki won their most recent meeting at the 2013 Wimbledon Championships. Howevr, while Lisicki seems to play her best at SW19, she is unlikely to overcome the longtime champion en route to the semi-final.
Prediction: Serena Williams in Straight Sets