Faced with a potential collision with her younger sister in the next few rounds, Venus Williams advanced to the second round of the Wimbledon Championships, where she will come up against Yulia Putintseva to determine who will be one match away from the second week of the Championships. This is just the second time that these two competitors will cross paths on the professional tour, with Williams leading the head-to-head series 1-0.
Seeded 16th at this year’s event, Venus Williams produced one of the most dominant matches during the opening day of matches, which ended with a double bagel finish against fellow American Madison Brengle. She hit 29 winners and 13 unforced errors to close out the match 6-0, 6-0 in under an hour.
“She’s had a great last 52 weeks. She’s had really great results in the majors. Playing a higher-ranked player in the first round is a challenge, but everything worked out for me,” Williams said at the post-match press conference following her win on Monday. “I don’t think she played badly. I was just able to convert on the important points.”
Williams’ next opponent, Yulia Putintseva also finished her match in straight sets, even if they were much more competitive sets. She defeated Erakovic 7-6, 7-5 in a match that saw her fire five aces, 31 inners and 26 unforced errors to close out the contest in two hours and 13 minutes.
This marks just the second time that Williams and Putintseva will cross paths on the professional tour, with Williams leading the head-to-head series 1-0. Given her remarkably dominant showing in her firs match on court, it would be difficult to envision Williams losing this second encounter to a lower ranked player. However, Williams has shown inconsistency over the years so it isn’t out of the realm of possibility that she is upset in the second round.
Prediction: Venus Williams in Straight Sets
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