(1) Serena Williams (USA) vs (4) Angelique Keber (GER)
Serena Williams is one win away from her 22nd grand slam title which would put her tied with Steffi Graf for the most singles majors in the open era. Ironically, standing in her way is another German, number 4 seed Angelique Kerber.
Kerber is having a stunning season so far. She defeated Serena Williams at the Australian Open in January and climbed to a career high of number 2 in the world back in February. She has been consistent throughout the year and will most likely improve her on her current ranking of 4 regardless of tonight’s result.
Serena Williams, whilst still holding the number 1 ranking, has not won a major since Wimbledon last year and has fallen at the last hurdle in both majors so far this year. Kerber knows what it takes to beat Serena on the big stage having defeated her in the Australian Open final in January. She also brings some scintillating form into the final having not dropped a set all tournament.
Williams has had an equally successful tournament, and bar a slight hiccup in the first set tie-break of her second round match against Christina McHale, she has been close to flawless throughout the past fortnight. Tonight’s match is a fitting reward for the fans who will clearly see the two best women from this year’s tournament battle it out in what should be a great contest.
How Serena Williams will win…
Serena has been serving brilliantly throughout the last fortnight. She has put a lot of time into her serve since the French Open and the results have shown. If Serena can continue her dominance on serve, control the point with some big hitting and have Kerber on the back foot, she will be very difficult to beat.
How Angelique Kerber will win…
Kerber cannot let Serena get on top during the rallies. Being a left-hander will give her slight advantage in terms of generating some difficult angles of shot for Serena to deal with. It’s crucial that she doesn’t let Serena get close to the service line to finish off points early. Kerber is a good mover around the court so she will return plenty of shots, but she will need to dictate the rallies in order to get on top. She also possesses a good serve so don’t be surprised to see her open up the court with a sliding serve out wide to allow for a quick follow-up winner.
Serena will be hungry to get a major title under her belt this season and Wimbledon is probably her best opportunity. This surface suits her slightly more than the Australian Open hard-courts and I think she will be too strong for Kerber this time, albeit in a close match.
Williams in 3 sets.