|Serena Williams (USA), 1||vs||Anna Tatishvili (USA), 114|
ScheduleTuesday, 24 June 2014 at 18:00 GMT / 19:00 UK / 23:30 IST
Serena Williams, currently 1st on the WTA list is playing against Anna Tatishvili, currently 114th in the rankings.
Serena Williams has been having a really bad season up to date. She will turn 33 soon, and there are concerns whether she can still perform on the highest level, after her early exits from Australian Open and Roland Garros this year.
Only a few months ago, it was really unthinkable to utter that Serena Williams will never win another Grand Slam. The American won four Grand Slam titles after she turned 30, and showed no signs of slowing down. There were even people who thought she could surpass Margaret Court’s impressive 24-Slam record (Serena won 17 up to date), but now they are questioning her ability to win another major title!
Serena certainly heard about it, and we know her mentality – she will go berserk in this tournament, to prove she is still a contender, and the best in the world.
Her first round opponent shouldn’t be a problem to her. Anna Tatishvili is her compatriot, they played in two occasions previously, and Serena won those matches with no sweat, for less than an hour on the court. Additionally, Tatishvili is really dreadful on the grass, winning only 7 out of 23 matches on this surface in her career. Tatishvili never won a grass court match against a top 100 player in the rankings, so this encounter should be a “piece of cake” for Serena Williams.
Tatishvili primarily likes to play at clay courts, she is a player who prefers long rallies and doesn’t have a lot of power in her basic strokes. Of course, Serena is quite the opposite, the grass really suits her, so the number one seed should cruise to the second round without trouble.
Considering her opponents at Wimbledon, she will enjoy a rather comfortable draw up to the fourth round, playing McHale or Scheepers in the second round, and probably Alize Cornet in the third round. In the fourth round she could face either Andrea Petkovic or Eugenie Bouchard, who both played semifinals at Roland Garros. Both of these players are in the form of their life, and Bouchard is especially dangerous, as a young, fresh, attack-orientated player, who hasn’t been a victim of Serena’s brutal reign over women’s tournaments that lasted for several years. They played once, in last year’s Cincinnati, and the Canadian youngster immediately won a set against Serena, so if this encounter takes place, it will be very interesting to see it.
Williams leads by 2:0, and she won both matches in straight sets.
Serena Williams should win this match easily.