This year the form player has been Venus Williams. The 36 year old is the gift that keeps on giving, I can’t help but watch her play without a smile on my face. Against Kuznetsova in the last round she picked up her 750th career singles win and now she faces world number one Angie Kerber for a place in the semi-finals in Miami.
This season hasn’t really gone to plan for Angie Kerber she has been playing poorly and failing to find rhythm at all when she was the pace setter last season on the tour.
This week I wouldn’t say she has been tested at all which can go against you as the tournament goes on or works in your favour. Venus had a good battle in her last match against Indian Wells finalist Kuznetsova and was incredibly impressive from the beginning to the end!
This will be their 7th meeting with Kerber winning 4/6 so far on the tour including Wimbledon last year.
Kerber has the pressure as world number one. April is around the corner and she hasn’t recorded a top ten win this year her last top 10 win was against Agnieszka Radwanska back in Singapore.
Venus has been the standout all season especially off that backhand which she gets good topspin on and with it being so central it jams you up you don’t get much to play with off it and this is something Kerber will have to look at overcoming if she is to move Venus around but if the American gains control she will be looking to move the ball from line to line and come into the net.