Women’s Australian Open Betting: Venus to come up short as Serena Williams eyes history
Women’s Australian Open Final Preview
It’s an all-Williams showdown to determine the 2017 Australian Open champion this year as Venus and Serena cross paths for a 28th meeting.
The illustrious siblings haven’t faced off since the 2015 US Open, but after enjoying equally as impressive fortnights in Melbourne, the big prize is on the line as sisterly love is put on hold for the day.
For Serena, it’s an eighth appearance in the final of this tournament, as she looks for that elusive record-breaking 23rd Grand Slam title.
She’s certainly got this far in some style too as she has yet to drop a set, and dispatched of Mirjana Lucic-Baroni in a comfortable win last time out.
With a positive differential between winners and unforced errors and having dropped just two points behind her first serve, it took the second seed just 50 minutes to book her spot in the final.
As she continues to target reclaiming the world number one ranking, she’s now just one win away from doing so and coupled with the Grand Slam title haul, it’s fitting that she’ll face her sister on what could be a historic day.
However, what a story it has been for Venus. For the first time in 14 years she’s back in the Australian Open final and she undoubtedly deserves it.
The 36-year-old was forced to dig deep by compatriot Coco Vandeweghe in their semi-final, as she had to come from behind to win it having dropped a set for the first time in the tournament.
We spoke about how her experience would be key in this one, and it came to the fore in the fact that she saved 12 of 13 break points that she faced.
Serena will know her game much better and so arguably that won’t count for much in this next match, but Venus will go into it with so much confidence and nothing to lose as she hopes to write one more chapter in this fairy tale in Melbourne this year.
Venus becomes the oldest Grand Slam finalist since 1994 with this run, and it will be both nostalgic and incredible to see the two Williams sisters battle it out for the trophy this weekend.
The pair have met 27 times previously with Serena leading their head-to-head record at 16-11. Interestingly, 11 of those meetings have come in finals of tournaments, and within that bracket, Serena boasts a healthy lead of 8-3.
This will ultimately come down to who can maintain their aggressiveness but in an efficient way by leading with winners and keeping their unforced errors under control.
If things start to go wrong for either sister, their temperament will be decisive as both will be desperate to prevail in this clash.
As incredible as it would be to see Venus win another major title, Serena has the edge on her. From previous wins in final meetings to her desire to take back what she believes is hers in the world number one ranking, she will set the tone and go all out for the win.
Back Venus to stick with her to start which makes a tie break and a 7-6 Set 1 correct score look appealing, but we believe Serena will take control and come through.