Rogers Cup Toronto Preview – Sabine Lisicki v Venus Williams

After losing her last match from 6-1 4-1 up to Kimiko Date-Krumm Sabine Lisicki will be hoping for a good run in Toronto this next week however she has been drawn against last year’s runner up Venus Williams. With Lisicki being unseeded it was very likely she would face a top player however she does have a good record against the American leading their H2H 3-1 which includes a walkover at the 2011 US Open.

Consistency and concentration is a big issue for Lisicki in my opinion to lose a match you are dominating from 6-1 4-1 up is a bit of a shambles at the same time though a lot of credit has to be given to 44 year old Kimiko Date-Krumm her commitment to the sport is incredible! I like Lisicki and I like the game she plays but I say a number of times with this aggressive style of play is that it is a bit hit and miss at times and when it misses it’s really bad. I watched Sabine play in Stuttgart earlier this year and with it being a home tournament there are expectations on home players but no one expect Lisicki to lose 6-0 6-0 in little time at all to Zarina Diyas however a couple of weeks before she played an excellent tournament in Miami and Indian Wells.

I expect this match to be a great baseline battle between the two players. Venus is one of the best players tennis has ever seen and has continued to fight to climb the rankings again over the years and is just 7 wins away from her 700th win. Both players play aggressively from the back of the court but even though the head to head is in Lisicki’s favour if you asked me who is the player who can continue to play at a high level throughout the match I would definitely say Venus.

The last time Lisicki and Venus met was in 2013 in Beijing towards the end of the year and this was the time Lisicki was having her best year on the tour getting to the Wimbledon final before losing to Marion Bartoli. Lisicki won the meeting with Venus 6-1 6-2 in Beijing but I expect the American to win this time round, she is much better form and I expect her to control the baseline rallies, if Lisicki is going to stand a chance she has to get Venus on the move with cross court and down the line shots and may have to come to the net a bit more often.


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