The ASB Classic in Auckland is celebrating it’s biggest line-up this year. Welcoming Serena Williams and former champion Venus Williams to the court which means it is remarkably the first time since 1998 they have played the same WTA Premier event together which is mad! Joining the two sisters on the draw sheet is their good friend and former world number one Caroline Wozniacki but who will walk away with the title?
Previous winners of the title include Lindsay Davenport, Marion Bartoli, Agnieszka Radwanska, Venus Williams and the recently retired Ana Ivanovic but with the inclusion of Serena for the first time as well as other stars including Safarova, Strycova and many rising stars on the WTA tour!
Serena, Venus and Caro will all be hoping for a successful year on the tour especially at the majors. It would be nice to see both Williams’ sisters back in the winner’s circle once again but I just have a feeling about Wozniacki this year and I so want her to do well and I do think she can get back inside that top eight where she belongs and it would be incredible to see her win a major.
Wozniacki is a player who thrives on momentum and last season in the final third she played so well and it was a good end to the year on a whole for her. To get that run of form going gives you that added confidence going into the New Year and working with David Kotyza alongside her Dad Piotr will be interesting to see as 2017 unfolds.
For Serena it feels like she has something to prove. Her achievements may never been matched again but now it’s time to show she can still do it so an early exit in Auckland would not be good going into Melbourne in a couple of weeks time!
Venus Williams is just incredible. She turned pro when I was about 4 months old, I turn 23 in just over 6 months. She continues to fight and is on course to seal that 50th career singles title and to get back into the top 10 at this stage of her career is a testament to her character and is an inspiration to many world-wide!
They may be family or good friends and raised a lot of money for the earthquake appeal prior to the tournament beginning but they all want that one thing and that is to walk away with the title on Sunday, but who will?