Rogers Cup Toronto Preview – Serena Williams v Flavia Pennetta

Two of the most experienced players on the tour will meet in the second of Toronto with the best in the world against one of Italy’s best on the WTA tour as Serena Williams and Flavia Pennetta will meet for the 7th time in their careers.

Serena leads the head to head 6-0 however in their first meeting back in 2005 when Serena only had 7 Grand Slam titles to her name but the winner of their match was Pennetta as Serena withdrew due to injury in Toronto 10 years ago… The world number one ten years on from their first meeting is now on the verge of winning Grand Slam title number 22 and completing the calendar Grand Slam in a couple of week’s time however before she can start thinking about Flushing Meadows there’s a job to be done in Toronto.

As world number and the top seed for every tournament she plays there is huge pressure and expectation on her to succeed and she rarely disappoints. To go through the year with a current win/loss record of 40/1 is simply amazing. There have been a few matches in which she withdrew from before they took place giving the opponent a walkover however that record is marvellous with her only actual loss being to Petra Kvitova in Madrid.

Pennetta has had an ok year on the tour with a current win/loss record 16/12 and is currently ranked at 26 in the world. Pennetta is quite a strong player however I can’t really see a way Pennetta will win this match her hope in my opinion is that Serena still isn’t 100% fit.

Serena has had a bit of an elbow injury which has been bothering her for a while so withdrew from Sweden a week after Wimbledon and then was due to play in Stanford however withdrew a day before the tournament with this injury causing problems.

If Serena can find the tennis that she produced when she won Wimbledon beating Watson, Venus, Sharapova, Azarenka and Muguruza on her way to lifting the title then I see her advancing to the third round. Serena served so well throughout Wimbledon and it got her out of a bit of trouble. The serve down the T was the most effective, Serena got a good number of cheap points off it with aces off it and with the pace and power Serena generates the serve down the T really jams the opponent and forces an unreturned serve or a short return.

Will it be win number 41 for Serena or defeated number two of 2 or 2015?


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