S Williams v Stosur:
Head to heads are 4-3 to Williams but Stosur’s last “win” was due to Williams pulling out of Cincinnati last month.
They had very different semi finals. Stosur started very well against Kerber but lost her way in the second set. She needed a third set to book her place in the final.
Williams had, on paper, the tougher draw against world number 1 Wozniacki. However the Dane was made to look very ordinaryas Williams won 6-2, 6-4. Serena has yet to lose a set although had a tie break against Azarenka.
Williams seems to have lost nothing during her extended absence from the tour. She has returned to top form very quickly and will win the title today. Stosur tends to freeze in the big games. We saw some of that in her semi final but Kerber couldn’t take advantage.
Williams starts at 1.19 and there is always the possibility that she starts slowly but I really don’t think that will happen. She is 1.51 to win in straight sets which is an option.
Update: Well I didn’t see THAT coming. Stosur served extremely well and when presiously she would have crumbled she stayed strong. Even when Serena was showing her dark side and threatening the umpire like a back street thug Stosur only wobbled for a game or 2 and then broke the American.
Stosur won 6-2, 6-3.
Hopefully the WTA take some action against Williams who needs to be taught that she can’t speak to officials that way but I think its highly unlikely that anything will be done.