Kerber To Put Up A Fight vs. Williams In WTA Australian Open Final

João Mourato

Thursday, January 28, 2016 7:06 PM GMT

Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016 7:06 PM GMT

We've reached the decisive match on WTA Australian Open competition with Serena and Kerber fighting for the title. Find out our top tennis pick for this match and the best bookmaker to place your bet.

The Australian Open final will take place this Saturday, with the world no.1 and defending champion, Serena Williams, looking for her 7thtitle in Melbourne, while Angelique Kerber will make her debut on a Grand Slam final.

 

Serena Williams (1) vs Angelique Kerber (7)
With a brilliant performance against Agnieszka Radwanska, Serena Williams booked a place in the decisive match. We mentioned in our WTA Australian Open Semifinals Preview, that Agnieszka was a great match-up for Serena, with the American overpowering her opponent by 6 – 0 6 – 4. Williams ended the match with astonishing numbers: 42 winners / 17 unforced errors, breaking her opponent five times and firing 7 return winners.

After being close from elimination on the first match, where Angelique Kerber saved one match point against Misaki Doi, the German won the following five matches in straight sets. The last two were by far the toughest, with Angelique defeating the two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka and the surprise of the tournament, Johanna Konta. Kerber is known for defensive skills and she has been incredibly solid on the previous two matches, with an average of 11.25 winners / 6.75 unforced errors per set.

These two players have faced six times in the past, with Serena leading the h2h by 5 – 1. The last match between them was played in 2014 at WTA Stanford final, where Williams emerged victorious by 7 – 6 6 – 3.

Serena is the undeniable favorite for this final; she’s the defending champion, highest ranked player and won 83.33% of the previous meetings against Kerber. However, the German is playing brilliant tennis, not giving anything for free to her opponents. Despite her impressive victory over Radwanska, Serena struggled in longer rallies against the Polish and Kerber can handle the American’s firepower much better. After struggling with her serve in the 4th round against Annika Beck, Kerber has been serving at very good level in the previous two matches. 

Angelique can open the court well with her left-handed serve and she won’t give easy shots for the American to attack, like Radwanska did. This should be a closer match than the odds suggest, with the German creating some problems to Serena. Adding to this, Williams might also struggle mentally due to the possibility of reaching Steffi Graf’s 22 Grand Slam titles. With this in mind, we suggest to add to your tennis picks the value on Angelique Kerber’s spread tennis odds as your WTA Australian Open Final Top Tennis Bet.

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Free Tennis Pick: Angelique Kerber +6.0 (-116)
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle

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