The potential women’s match that jumped out of the drawsheet has become a reality with Serena Williams to play Victoria Azarenka on Saturday. Serena and Vika have played at all three Slams, but this will be their first clash on the Parisien clay. Serena had another second round RG scare, but this time survived. Serena lost the first set of her second rounder to Anna-Lena Friedsam. She prevailed, not playing anywhere remotely close to her best, 5-7 6-3 6-3. A win is a win. Azarenka has been much more impressive with straight set wins over Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor, 6-2 6-1 and Lucie Hradecka, 6-2 6-3. Azarenka was taken to three sets by Hradecka in Rome, but had a much more convincing win this time round. I was impressed with her performance against Torro-Flor and her eagerness to come into the net is always great to see.
I’m really looking forward to this match, particularly after missing their match in Madrid. Fourth match up, i’m planning my day around it! In Spain, Azarenka failed to convert on three match points in a thrilling three setter. Serena eventually won, 7-6(5) 3-6 7-6(1). It was a tough loss for Vika who has had some mental wobbles lately. Personally, I don’t think it’s anything to worry about. She is still making her way back to her best form and i’m surprised she hasn’t played more tournaments as, in my opinion, it’s matches that she needs. If Serena comes out and plays how she did against Friedsam, there’s no doubt Vika wins.
Form at this tournament would strongly point to Vika but i’m struggling to write off Serena right now. She was unfancied at the Australian Open and came through a tough draw to win. This is a big clash and Serena rarely fails to turn up for these types of matches. I’d fancy the winner of this match to go all the way to the final. Serena for the win…
Prediction: S.Williams d. Azarenka in 3 sets