The Women’s Singles Tennis Final takes place at Wimbledon, just outside of London, England this Saturday, July 9th 2016 between American Serena Williams and Angelique Kerber of Germany. Some fans were expecting to see a ninth Grand Slam final between Williams and her sister Venus at Wimbledon, but Kerber spoiled those plans by defeating Venus 6-4, 6-4 in the semifinals. Serena Williams will be attempting to win her 22nd major title on Saturday, which will tie a record, but she’ll have her hands full since Kerber already beat her in the final of the Australian Open earlier this year. Williams reached the final by defeating Elena Vesnina 6-2 and 6-0 in just 48 minutes in their semifinal showdown on Thursday.
Serena Williams vs Angelique Kerber – bet365 Tennis Betting Line:
- bet365 currently lists Serena Williams as the favorite to win at 1/4 with Angelique Kerber at 3/1
The top-ranked Serena Williams is after her seventh Wimbledon crown after winning it last year to raise her total of Grand Slam victories to 21. She needs one more triumph to equal Steffi Graf’s record of 22 in the Open era , which started in 1968. Margaret Court of Australia holds the all-time mark for a female at 24. Williams has found it hard to reach number 22 though as she was beaten in last year’s U.S. Open semifinals by Roberta Vinci and was then downed by Kerber in Melbourne Australia in January and then by Garbine Muguruza in last month’s French Open final.
The left-handed Gerber won the Australian Open in her very first Grand Slam final and will be looking to make it two for two on Saturday. The 28-year-old should have some confidence against the 34-year-old Williams due to that victory, but realizes she’ll still have to work as hard as she possibly can. Kerber played well against Venus in the semifinals and broke her opponent’s serve three of the first four attempts. Kerber, who is seeded fourth in the women’s division, finished the match with 11 unforced errors while Williams had 21.
Serena Williams’ semifinal was quite a bit easier then Kerber’s as she didn’t have any problems against Vesnina of Russia. Williams was credited with 11 aces and her serve reached 123 miles-per hour against her 50th-ranked opponent who was playing in a major semifinal for the first time. Williams took 28 of the 31 points she served which included the final 17. Williams and Kerber have met seven times in the past with Williams leading the series 5-2. All five of Williams’ victories have been in straight sets, but Kerber took the Australian Open in January by scores of 6-4, 3-6, 6-4. In addition, all of their previous seven matches have been played on hard courts while the Wimbledon final will be contested on grass.
This is the second straight year and second time in her career that Williams has reached the finals of the first three Grand Slam events of the year. However, she has lost both finals so far this year which is the first time she’s ever dropped two consecutive Grand Slam finals. This will be her seventh final appearance in her last eight Grand Slam tournaments. Kerber has done well at Wimbledon during her career with an all-time record of 20-8. She’s reached this year’s final without losing a set as she’s won all 12 while Williams has gone 12-1.