China Open Preview – Venus Williams v Ana Ivanovic

Zurich 2004 was the first ever meeting between Venus Williams and Ana Ivanovic. Venus won 7-6 (13-11) 7-6 (8-6) in their first meeting and went on to win three more in a row against Ana before she beat Venus at the 2008 Australian Open and of course Ana went on to win Roland Garros that year. Venus leads the head to head 9-3 against Ana and will be looking to record her 10th win against her after having to withdraw from Cincinnati not long ago before they were due to play giving Ana Ivanovic a walkover.

The big question is how well did Venus recover after a marathon week in Wuhan winning her second title of the year? During the week Venus did look tired so recovery right now is important. The good news is that Venus receives a BYE into round two but there is no let off for her facing Ana Ivanovic.

Ana is working with Nigel Sears again. Nigel isn’t with Ana again this week as he is commentating for BT Sport but I feel like we haven’t seen Ana’s best consistently this season. She’s down at 20 on the Road to Singapore and even winning the tournament won’t see her qualify and will still be on the outside.

Last week in Wuhan Venus bullied players. Her movement and power was incredible and the intensity and level she played at throughout the whole week was sensational and to come back from 5-3 down in the third against Konta and save match point against Vinci shows that incredible fighting spirit which makes her one of the best in the world.

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