Australian Open Final Preview – Serena Williams v Angelique Kerber

Grand Slam finals for Serena Williams are nothing new. The world number one is now taking part in her 26th final having won 21 of the previous 25 finals she has played in but for Angelique Kerber this is a totally new experience!

Kerber has been in the semi-finals of a major before and now is about to play in the biggest match of her career against the best of all time who is chasing history. One more title puts her level with Steffi Graf on 22 Grand Slam titles but will also be her 70th career title on the WTA tour!

All eyes have been on Serena and it’s fair to say she has been sensational in Melbourne and for Agnieszka Radwanska summed it up after her defeat to her in the semi-final by saying in her press conference…

“I was just standing there kind of watching her playing”

Serena and Angelique do have history they have met six times with Serena leading the head to head at 5-1 but didn’t play each other last year with their last meeting being in the final of Stanford in 2014 which Serena won in straight sets but at Cincinnati in 2012 Serena lost to Kerber in the quarter finals but a lot has happened since then!

The key for Kerber is to be aggressive especially off that two handed backhand. There is no point just throwing it into play you have to play like every point is match point with conviction and power and craft around the court which she does have on her racket. She has the weapons to move Serena around the court but also has the ability especially off the backhand to produce a flat winner up the line.

I’m pleased to see Kerber in the final but I’m afraid I cannot see past a win for the world number one who has never lost an Australian Open final despite Maria Sharapova, Justin Henin, Lindsay Davensport, Venus Williams and Dinara Safina all trying but not one have succeeded. Will Serena be stopped in Melbourne or will it be title number 7 in Australia?

 

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