S. Williams vs V. Williams
Williams sisters in the third round of US Open. Two great champions, though, two veterans at this point. These two have combined 8 trophies on US Open. Serena of course was more successful and has won here 6 times while Venus "only" two.
H2H is 17-12 in favor of Serena. The last time they met this season in Indian Wells and back then Venus has won 2-0. Pretty easily but have in mind that was one of first Serena' matches since returning to tennis after giving birth to a baby daughter.
Before this and that was final Serena match before break, they met on Australian Open 2017 finals and back then Serena was better in two sets.
Today Serena is again favorite, after all as almost always. But, I think we will see one real battle here. Battle that could be decided in three sets. Cause, Serena IMO is not on her best level she had before pregnancy no matter she was in finals of Wimbledon. I also doubt she ever again would be on the level from the past.
On the other side Venus who with 38 is even two years older, also knows to have big ups and downs. But with her serve on the good level, I am pretty convinced she will be able to cope with her sister.
After all, Venus more rather than not was able to win set in this matchup. Beside her 12 victories in this H2H, she also won one set in six more meetings.
I think Venus +1.5 sets handicap is bet worth a try but probably over the totals is even better due to possible 2-0 tied Serena victory, something like 7-5, 6-4 or 7-6, 6-3.
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S. Williams vs V. Williams prediction
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