Serena and Angelique Kerber roads to the 2016 Australian Open final
Even though there has been a lot of talks prior the Australian Open about Serena’s form, her presence in the final is all but a surprise. On the other hand, Angelique Kerber’s run to the final is quite unexpected.
Serena Williams’ road to the final
Serena‘s toughest match to advance to the final was her first round victory over the unpredictable Italian Camila Giorgi: she lost 9 games, the same number of games she lost to Maria Sharapova and Agnieszka Radwanska, combined! She’ll be the heavy favorite against first time Grand Slam finalist Angelique Kerber.
|R1||Camila Giorgi||6-4 7-5|
|R2||Su-Wei Hsieh||6-1 6-2|
|R3||Daria Kasatkina||6-1 6-1|
|R4||Margarita Gasparyan||6-2 6-1|
|QF||Maria Sharapova ||6-4 6-1|
|SF||Agnieszka Radwanska ||6-0 6-4|
Angelique Kerber’s road to the final
Angelique Kerber saved a match point to get past Misaki Doi in the first round and then never looked back. She beat only one seed en route to the final: Victoria Azarenka that many saw as Serena’s main rival in Melbourne.
|R1||Misaki Doi||6-7 7-6 6-3|
|R2||Alexandra Dulgheru||6-2 6-4|
|R3||Madison Brengle||6-1 6-3|
|R4||Annika Beck||6-4 6-0|
|QF||Victoria Azarenka ||6-3 7-5|
|SF||Johanna Konta||7-5 6-2|
Serena Williams – Angelique Kerber head to head: 5-1
Serena and Angelique met six times, each time on hard court:
|2007||US Open R1||Hard||Serena Williams||6-3 7-5|
|2012||Cincinnati QF||Hard||Angelique Kerber||6-4 6-4|
|2012||WTA Championships R1||Hard||Serena Williams||6-4 6-1|
|2013||WTA Championships R1||Hard||Serena Williams||6-3 6-1|
|2014||Miami QF||Hard||Serena Williams||6-2 6-2|
|2014||Stanford F||Hard||Serena Williams||7-6 6-3|
Only three players have beaten in a Grand Slam final so far: her sister Venus (2001 US Open and Wimbledon 2008), Maria Sharapova at Wimbledon in 2004 and Sam Stosur at the 2011 US Open. Will Angelique Kerber be the fourth?
Who will be the 2016 Australian Open champion?
- Serena Williams (38%, 41 Votes)
- Maria Sharapova (22%, 24 Votes)
- Other (14%, 15 Votes)
- Garbine Muguruza (9%, 10 Votes)
- Agnieszka Radwanska (7%, 8 Votes)
- Angelique Kerber (5%, 5 Votes)
- Simona Halep (2%, 2 Votes)
- Karolina Pliskova (1%, 1 Votes)
- Petra Kvitova (1%, 1 Votes)
- Venus Williams (0%, 0 Votes)
- Timea Bacsinszky (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 107