Due to start at 3 am
V. Williams 1.56, Buzarnescu 2.72
This will be their first meeting.
Venus Williams has slightly better overall results in the last year. Her recent form is also much stronger. She beat Serena in an exhibition match in December and reached the quarter finals in Auckland.
Buzarnescu only played 16 hard court matches in the last 12 months and won 8 of them. She has had a couple of tough opponents in 2019. She met Tsurenko in Brisbane and Bencic in Hobart. Tsurenko played a very strong match but Bencic made a lot of mistakes. She hit 11 double faults and was broken 6 times but won the match in 3 sets.
I have to favour Venus. She reached the final in 2017. She alternates a good Australian Open with a poor one. She lost in the first round last year!
Back her around 1.70.
Update: Venus lost a tight opening set in a tie break. In the second set they exchanged breaks and another late break gave Buzarnescu the chance to serve for the match. She was easily broken.
Venus took the second set in a tie break and easily took the third set.
She won 6-7, 7-6, 6-2.