Former world No. 1 and US Open champion Venus Williams will come into the 2014 United States Open with far more confidence than in previous years, particularly following her impressive summer and generally her entire season this year. She will begin her Flushing Meadows campaign against a competitor 10 years older than herself in Kimiko Date-Krumm, whom she holds an unblemished 3-0 record against on the professional circuit. Check out the Williams vs Date-Krumm Head to Head matches.
While it is common knowledge that Venus Williams has been plagued with an autoimmune disease called Sjogren’s Syndrome, she has managed to control the disease this season on the tour and that has been evident from her achievements in Dubai and Montreal over the past few months.
Following her run to the third round of the Wimbledon championships, Williams reached the third round in Stanford, where she lost to Andrea Petkovic but then rebounded with a remarkable week at the WTA Premier 1 level event in Montreal, where she defeated the likes of Angelique Kerber, Carla Suarez Navarro and Serena Williams to reach the final of the event. She would sadly lose in the final to Agnieszka Radwanska but it does not take away much from her momentum heading into the final Grand Slam of the season.
“It would be wonderful to play well at that event. I’ve done well at the event before, so hopefully I can take that experience and make good on it.”
43-year-old Kimiko Date-Krumm has had a rough couple of months since the conclusion of the Wimbledon Championships, having compiled a 1-4 record on the tour since losing to Makarova at the All England Club. Only one of those matches was a main draw contest (her loss to Pliskova in Stanford) as she failed to qualify in Montreal or Cincinnati.
This marks the fourth time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour, with Williams leading the head-to-head series with a comfortable 3-0 record. This meeting will maintain their pattern of one annual encounter on the professional tour, and will also serve as their third meeting on hard courts. Barring any surprising results, Williams should reach the second round of the tournament with minimum fuss.
Prediction: Venus Williams in Straight Sets