Now just two matches away from the final, Venus Williams is in with a legitimate chance of her first title here. The American’s peak years were in the middle of the lengthy boycott she and her sister had. Venus will play Angelique Kerber for a spot in the semis. Check out the Williams vs Kerber H2H stats.
Venus’ reduced scheduled means this is just her third tournament this year. She hopes to better her quarter final in Auckland but will be the underdog here. The highlight of her fortnight so far was the win over Petra Kvitova, a match she won in 3 sets. She followed that up with wins over Christina McHale and Mona Barthel, both of which came in straight sets. “I haven’t played that much, so I wanted to make it count.” She said on her season so far. “It’s not going to get any easier from here, so I just have to continue to raise my game.”
Kerber bounced back from a disappointing Dubai loss to make the quarters here. The highlight so far is her three set win over heavy hitting Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka. She was down 4-1 in the deciding set before reeling off five straight games for the victory. “I was trying to play every single point and still believing that I could turn around the match. I think in the end it was a fight to win the match.” She said.
Venus should pose something of a similar threat to Sabalenka although the former No. 1 may not have the stamina needed to grind out a lengthy victory against the brick wall Kerber can sometimes be. She is 3-5 against the German but one of those wins was in 2009, when Kerber was ranked 100 and moving up the rankings. “It will be another tough battle but I’m looking forward to playing against Venus again,” Kerber said. “Of course, this match gives me lots of confidence that I can still turn around matches.”
Prediction – Angelique Kerber in three sets