A blockbuster match-up between world No. 1 Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka is set to take place in the quarter-final round of the Wimbledon Championships. Of their 18 previous meetings, Williams leads the head-to-head series 16-3, including a recent at the French Open last month. Given that Azarenka was a set up on the red dust, it will be interesting to see if she can translate that onto grass.
In a battle of siblings reminiscent of the good old days, Serena Williams faced her older sister Venus Williams in the first on Centre Court this Monday. Although many expected a thrilling encounter, Serena was able to toy with Venus’ serve and eventually closed out the encounter in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3.
“It was just about the breaks, holding serve,” the former No.1 said. “I think we were both hitting really well off the ground. She was able to capitalize on some short balls – she’s been playing so well.
“It’ll be tough for anyone to defeat her. Maybe she didn’t have her best day in the last round, but she found a way to win against an inspired opponent, and that’s what it takes to win these championships.”
Williams will now come up against Victoria Azarenka, who defeated Belinda Bencic in straight sets to advance to the quarter-final round. She beat the rising Swiss s talent 6-2, 6-3 to continue her return to form.
Williams leads Azarenka in their head-to-head series, 16-3, including the most recent victory during the clay court portion of the season at Roland Garros. However, the pair split four meetings last year, Azarenka winning at Doha and Cincinnati and Williams at Rome and the US Open, making this a fantastic, compelling rivalry and a thrilling quarter-final on Tuesday. Azarenka is gradually returning to her 2012-13 form but she will have her work cut out for her to halt the incomparable Serena Williams.
Prediction: Serena Williams in Three Sets
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