Serena Williams meets Angelique Kerber and, obviously, we’re rooting for a repeat of the Australian Open as a win for the German would land us our 33-1 outright bet made at the start of the tournament.
Williams cruised through her semi-final against Elena Vesnina posting some ridiculous serving figures, while Kerber struggled - particularly on serve - to shake off big sister Venus. The big question for me is how well Kerber can handle the Williams delivery from the start.
Going back to the Australian Open, Williams had been serving supremely well until she met Kerber. So I’m wondering whether Williams’ serving was below par in that final, or does Kerber simply reads her serve better than most? As with most things, it’s probably a bit of both and that does give hope to Kerber’s supporters.
But then there’s the Kerber serve, especially her second serve which Williams senior pounced on with glee in their semi-final. She is not going to be able to break Williams junior’s serve regularly so she must hold her own and that is probably going to be difficult.
Part of the reason I am going through this here is I just don’t know how this will go. I keep thinking Williams should win but I thought exactly that in Melbourne. Then we look at the prices and I did not think Kerber would be much bigger than 5-2 so, in the absence of compelling bets, I am going to have a small wager on another surprise win for the left-hander. I will be looking at betting in-play, however, because if Williams is on top early on she will be very hard to peg back.