On a rare middle Sunday, Serena Williams is the pick of the matches on Centre Court in the Women’s draw where she takes on Annika Beck for a place in the fourth round. While much of the third round has been played, the winner of this match will not be at a disadvantage on Monday with Sloane Stephens and Svetlana Kuznetsova facing off on Court 1 today too.
After coming through a marathon match in round one against Heather Watson – winning 12-10 in the third – it was a bit easier for Beck in her second round match against Aliaksandra Sasnovich. The Belarussian was unable to carry on the momentum from her surprise win over Kristina Mladenovic in round one, winning just three games in a 6-1 6-2 loss to Beck.
Meanwhile, Serena had it far tougher than expected last time out against Christina McHale. She won a thrilling three setter 6-7 6-2 6-4, coming from a break down in the decider to win it. The serve was much improved on her opening round performance with 14 aces, of which the last 3 were hit in consecutive points to close out her final service game. There have been more times recently where Serena’s level is way below what was expected but she guts out victory and she was pleased to do so once more.
“Yeah, I’m super proud of that. I think I’m amazing when it comes to tight matches and getting through it, just really fighting till the end. I don’t give up.” said the World No.1 in her post-match press conference.
While neither of them were in singles action on Saturday, both players were victorious in their doubles matches. Serena and Venus were straight sets winners over the Belgian pairing of Elise Mertens and An-Sophie Mestach while Beck and her partner Yanina Wickmayer saved match points to defeat Louisa Chirico and Alison Riske.
With either Stephens or Kuznetsova looming in round four, Serena will want to get off court quickly and should be able to break Beck at will to earn a fairly straight forward win.
Prediction – Serena Williams in straight sets