Former world No. 1 players Caroline Wozniacki and Venus Williams will meet for a seventh time on the professional tour. With Williams’ 6-0 lead in the head-to-head series looming over her, Wozniacki will look put the first blemish on the American’s undefeated streak on Monday afternoon.
Seeded 16th at the tournament, Venus Williams managed to overcome the 23rd seed Sam Stosur in straight sets, 6-4, 7-6(3) to secure her spot in the fourth round of the tournament.
“I served for it a few times, but the second set didn’t go exactly as I wanted,” Williams said. “It was so interesting, because once I got to the tie-breaker, that’s when I really started to feel a lot more rhythm in my game. I think she did, too. So I think playing extra games actually helped me today. “I think I’m going to be feeling a lot better once my next rounds come around.”
Fourth seed Caroline Wozniacki rallied from a set down to defeat Kaia Kanepi 4-6, 6-1, 6-3. She was even down 2-1 in the final set before she pulled herself together to cross the finish line and set up her seventh meeting against Williams.
“We played a really competitive match this year,” Williams said. “I can’t remember the score in the last set, but it was tough. I was so happy to win that match. I’m going to try to learn from that. “I would love to win that match in two sets, but it’s going to take some work.”
This marks the seventh time that these two competitors will cross paths on the professional tour, with Williams leading the series with an unblemished 5-0 record. While four of those encounters took place seven years ago, the most recent match-up was last season, where Williams cruised past Wozniacki 6-3, 6-2 en route to winning the Dubai title several days later, and in January, where she defeated the Dane to capture the Auckland title. Given her dominance in the rivalry, it is difficult to envision Caroline winning this upcoming encounter.
Prediction: Venus Williams in Three Sets
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