For the first time in nearly two years, Serena Williams and Svetlana Kuznetsova will cross paths on the WTA Tour in what will mark their tenth meeting on the professional tour. The American leads the head-to-head series 7-2, and has not lost to the Russian in six years.
Sunday afternoon saw a generational battle between Americans Serena Williams, the world No. 1 player, and 15-year-old CiCi Bellis, who took the tour by storm at last year’s US Open. While it was an intriguing match-up, the scoreline was lopsided as expected, as Williams notched a 6-1, 6-1 victory in 41 minutes of court time.
While it was a one-sided match, Williams was impressed with the way the 15-year-old handled herself during the match.
“It was tough. She’s young, and her being an American and her just doing so well, you want to see people like her do well,” Williams said. “So when you’re up against them you have to kind of put that aside, even though I’m always cheering for her. But I have to put it aside and just play the match.
“If you break down her age and ability and how well she handled the moment, it was good.”
The American will come up against Svetlana Kuznetsova, who toppled 13th seed Angelique Kerber 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, including a comeback from a break down in the final set, to secure her spot in the fourth round. It was an impressive victory over a slumping player.
This marks the tenth time that these two competitors will meet on the professional tour, with Williams leading the head-to-head series 7-2. Williams has also won their last two consecutive matches dating back to 2009. Her only hard court loss to the Russian was back in 2007, while the other loss was at Roland Garros in 2009. Given those stats, the odds will greatly favour the storied Miami champion on Monday.
Prediction: Serena Williams in Straight Sets