Serena Williams will look to keep her winning streak going as she heads into her second round clash at the Australian Open with Tamara Zidansek. The seven-time champion kicks off the night session on Rod Laver Arena, hoping to make a statement to her rivals.
22 year-old Zidansek was a fairly well regarded junior and has made strides on the tour, in large part due to her impressive clay prowess. She picked up a whole host of titles on the surface at ITF level as well as adding two in Bol at 125k level. It well be her second straight second round in Melbourne but she will have her work cut out if she wants to make a maiden third round at a grand slam.
Serena blasted the Russian Anastasia Potapova off court in round one, making it six straight wins with her 6-0 6-3 win. “I felt like I started out really well, I played really strong in the first set, and just [built] on that. I feel like I can still improve and get better throughout this tournament, for sure. This is a good stepping stone for right now.” Williams said afterwards. She hit 24 winners, including 9 aces, on her way to overpowering her young opponent off the court in just under an hour.
The draw is looking fairly friendly for Serena at the moment, with Qiang Wang and Dayana Yastremska likely to stand in the way of her and the quarter finals. A meeting with Naomi Osaka at that stage is likely to give a stronger indicator of the pair’s current level right now, assuming they both make it there.
Prediction – Serena Williams in straight sets