Angelique Kerber’s spectacular performances earned her a place under the Australian Open’s spotlight. However, does she have enough strength to outshine the great Serena Williams?
Williams currently leads their head-to-head record with 5-1. There’s no doubt that she (Williams) is the heavy favorite, but Kerber’s sole victory—if one has to consider how she has improved, definitely gives a good scare.
Williams stormed into the tournament with yet another convincing win against Maria Sharapova whom she destroyed for the 19th time. Their encounter ended with 6-4 and 6-1, much to Sharapova’s disappointment.
In the semis, Williams took on Agnieszka Radwanska. Again, the current world no. 1 showed why she is the best when she forced Radwanska to settle for a humiliating bagel (6-0) in the first set.
Poland’s pride tried to recover on the 2nd set, but Williams was relentless. She ended the faceoff with a 6-4 victory.
Ranked 6th in the world, Kerber created history in this tournament. She secured her fist win against one of her closest rival and heavy favorite, Victoria Azarenka during the quarterfinals when she ended the match with a 6-3, 7-5 win.
Many were expecting her to create another history as being the first German woman player to reach the final since Anke Huber in 1996 and she delivered. During the semis, she dominated Johanna Konta in two sets. Their match ended in 7-5 and 6-2.
Should she beat Williams, she will be the second German woman tennis player to win the Australian Open next to Steffi Graf.
What to expect
Certainly, Williams is heavy favorite in this particular match. However, this will not be an easy for her as Kerber is keen in creating another history. Williams should be careful for though her dominance is evident, Kerber is capable of generating an upset.
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Match Date: 30 January 2016 (CET/CEST)
Venue: Rod Laver Arena
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