WTA Wuhan Open, 08:00 – V Williams v Vinci
Venus has won all 3 of their previous meetings. The most recent was in October 2012 on an indoor hard court and she won in straight sets.
Vinci has never taken a set from her but has improved immensely since their last match.
Venus has looked impressive this week but was so close to getting beaten by Konta. That was an amazing performance from Konta. Not only to take Venus so close but to do it the day after she came back from 1-5 in the 3rd set against Halep was unexpected. The Brit served for the match in the 3rd set but was broken. Venus looked incredibly tired towards the end of that third set. Her 1st serve pretty much disappeared. In the 3rd set she got less than 50% of 1st serves in. Vinci beat Serena in the US Open semi final. Will Venus want a little revenge for her sister?
Vinci has beaten Kvitova and Pliskova who both looked tired. She may be able to take advantage of another tired opponent today. Value is on Vinci but there are too many unanswered questions pre match to decide the winner. If Venus has been able to recover from yesterday then she will have enough power to hit through Vinci but if the American doesn’t have much energy left she will lose.
I will lay Venus if she takes an early break lead. Gut feeling is that Venus will not have recovered enough to beat Vinci in her current form.