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At 43, Venus Williams is still on tour but not as much active as she used to be. She has a tough task on her hands with a first-round meeting in Montreal Open with 16-ranked Madison Keys. Get the latest tennis betting tips and predictions here.
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Venus Williams vs Madison Keys – Match Predictions
2-1 to Madison Keys
Venus and Madison share mutual respect and admiration for each other. Duels between the duo have been highly contested affairs with three of their five encounters requiring a deciding set. Williams is far removed from her devastating best but three of her last four defeats have come in three-set affairs. We are backing Keys to triumph but it will not be easy for her but she should have enough in the tank to claim a 2-1 victory.
Over 19.5 Games
As evidenced by Williams’s recent form, she does not throw in the towel with ease. Four of her last five matches have been three-set affairs with the match seeing at least 20 games to find a conclusion. Against Keys, irrespective of the result, the same has been seen in four of their five meetings. While Keys has been on a dominant run of late, expecting her to make little work of an ageing Williams will be folly. Based on this, we are backing to a longish duel, one that sees at least 19.5 games to find a victor.
Venus Williams vs Madison Keys Preview
Our predictions for this match have now been established, let’s see how these players have fared so far in the Canadian Open.
It has been troubling years for Venus, who has struggled to give her best on the court. She has only managed four wins in her last 20 matches since the start of the 2021 campaign. Despite not enjoying success, she has not been an easy target for her rivals. Four of Williams’ last five matches have been three-set affairs, showcasing her ability to match with the best but probably does not have the legs to get over the line.
In stark contrast to Williams’ form, Madison Keys is enjoying a renaissance in 2013. The American ace has a 27-10 record, impressing on hard and grass courts while failing to deliver on the red surface. She claimed the United Cup and Eastbourne International trophies during this run, while also reaching the quarter-final stages in Dubai, Charleston, Washington and Wimbledon. After initial struggles, she has set the record in her favour against Venus and will fancy her chances in this duel.
Venus Williams vs Madison Keys Head to Head
This is the sixth meeting between Williams and Keys on the WTA tour. Keys is leading their H2H battles with a 3-2 record and can add to this tally against the tennis legend.
Venus Williams vs Madison Keys Match Details
- What is the prize money for Montreal Open 2023? The total prize money for Canadian Open 2023 is $2,788,468.
- Who is the top seed of the Montreal Open? Iga Swiatek has the top billing at Canadian Open 2023.
- Where is the match being played? The venue for this fixture is IGA Stadium, Montreal.
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