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Venus Williams put on a show in the opening round of the Cincinnati Open getting her third win of the season. The 7-time Grand Slam champion will face Qinwen Zheng in the second round.
These odds from Ladbrokes were correct at the time of writing.
Qinwen Zheng vs Venus Williams – match predictions
Venus Williams was already a four-time Grand Slam champion before Qinwen Zheng was ever born. This will be a matchup between two tennis generations and whoever wins, it will be a real tennis spectacle.
Qinwen Zheng 2-0
Qinwen Zheng is on the rise and this tournament may bring her back among the Top 20 players on the tour. The Chinese had a strong start in the opening round and will have no problems against 43-year old Williams. The American has played only eight matches this year and has not won back to back. Zheng will have the control of the match and win it in straight sets.
First set under 9.5 games
Williams had a good performance in the opening round stunning Veronika Kudermetova but it is very unlikely that she can bring in the same level of play. Zheng knows what she needs to do and will set the tone early in the match winning the opening set in under 9.5 games.
Qinwen Zheng vs Venus Williams preview
Qinwen Zheng made her debut at the Western & Southern Open in the opening round this year and will face a real tennis icon in the second.
Qinwen Zheng is currently 24th in the WTA rankings and her career high is No. 19. The Chinese is 24-15 for the season and 13-8 on hard.
She is coming off a 6-1, 6-4 win over Aliaksandra Sasnovich in the opening round. Last week in Montreal, Zheng reached the second round where she lost to Ludmila Samsonova in straight sets.
Her best result of the season is the title in Palero in July where she defeated Jasmine Paolini in the final.
The former world No. 1 Venus Williams is still active on the tour despite being 43 years old. The American is currently 533rd player in the world and has a 3-5 record for the season including 2-2 on hard surface.
She is coming off an impressive 6-4, 7-5 win over the world No. 16 Veronika Kudermetova in the opening round in Cincinnati. Last week in Montreal, Williams lost in the opening round to Madison Keys.
Her best result in Cincinnati was the 2012 semifinals when she lost to Na Li.
Qinwen Zheng vs Venus Williams head to head
This will be the first match between Zheng and Williams.
Qinwen Zheng vs Venus Williams match details
- When will the match between Zheng vs Williams be played? The match is scheduled for August 16 at 20:00 GMT.
- Who is the favorite in the match between Zheng vs Williams? Given the odds, Zheng is a major favorite to win this match.
- What is Venus Williams’ best result at the Western & Southern Open? Venus Williams has gone as far as the semifinals in Cincinnati back in 2012.
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