Can Angelique Kerber upset Serena Williams?
The lineup for the women’s Australian Open is now setup as world number 1 and defending champion Serena Williams will face Grand Slam final debutant Angelique Kerber on Saturday.
Williams came through her semi-final in ease, thrashing world number four Agnieszka Radwanska 6-0 6-4 before Angelique Kerber beat Great Britain’s surprise package Johanna Konta 7-5 6-2.
The German’s win means that on Saturday all of the current top 10 players will have competed in at least one Grand Slam. Kerber had previously fallen at the semi-finals at the US Open (2011) and Wimbledon (2012).
Angelique Kerber now faces the unprecedented task of upsetting 21-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams.
The 34-year-old has now won all seven semi-final appearances in Melbourne and gone on to win the Australian Open in each of her previous six finals.
Last year Williams beat Maria Sharapova 6-3 7-6 in the final. Previous victims of the greatest women’s tennis player of all time have been: Venus Williams (2003), Lindsay Davenport (2005), Maria Sharapova (2007, 2015), Dinara Safina (2009) and Justin Henin (2010).
Serena Williams has incredibly only dropped 26 games in her six matches leading up to the final – nine of these came in her opening round win over Italy’s Camila Giorgi. This was her first match since elimination at last year’s US Open.
Bookmaker Paddy Power (rated 5* by Casino Deal and currently offering a £5 free bet to new members) have Serena Williams as the overwhelming favourite with odds of only 1.14 to win her seventh Australian Open title.
So far we’re yet to see any tips in favour of Angelique Kerber with many suggesting she’ll do very well just to put up a respectable score in this game.
Whilst the 28-year-old has not dropped a set since the first set of her first round match versus Misaki Doi in this year’s tournament, she is simply not on the same level as Williams. The Polish-born German number one dropped seven games to a relatively unknown Brit in the semi-finals in which Konta made an incredible 36 unforced errors in what appeared to be a show of nerves from the girl who was competing in her first Australian Open.
Prior to that, Kerber shook off a hard-fought battle versus a below par Victoria Azarenka, 6-3 7-5.
Anyone give Angelique Kerber a chance on Saturday? We don’t...