(4) (WC) Victoria Azarenka vs (WC) Venus Williams
Victoria Azarenka will be looking to finally defeat Venus Williams for the first time when they meet in the second round in Stanford on Thursday evening. Victoria Azarenka has spent much of 2014 on the sidelines recovering from a left foot injury. Since her return Vika has won just one of her four matches, however the Belarusian is now fit and ready for a big American hard court season. Vika received a bye into the second round whilst Venus Williams powered past qualifier Paula Kania 6-3 6-2.
Venus Williams has defeated Victoria Azarenka in straight sets in all three on their previous encounters. In their last meeting, Venus upset Vika in the second round 6-2 6-4 in Tokyo last year. On that occasion Vika was in no shape to compete. Despite Vika’s recent troubles I believe she has now had enough time on the practice courts and enough matches under her belt to play at a much higher level. Vika will be determined to finally defeat Venus and I think she will get the job done in a tough three setter on Thursday night.
Prediction: Victoria Azarenka to defeat Venus Williams in three sets
(3) Angelique Kerber vs Coco Vandeweghe
German Angelique Kerber begins her U.S open hard court season on Thursday when she takes on American Coco Vandeweghe in the second round at the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford. After a disappointing couple of months, Angie clicked into gear during the grass court season. Her biggest victory came in the fourth round at Wimbledon where she defeated Maria Sharapova in three tight sets. The German is full of confidence heading into the U.S open hard court season; she is one to keep an eye on leading into the U.S open. Her opponent Coco Vandeweghe progressed through to the second round courtesy of a 6-2 7-5 victory over Kristie Ahn.
It would be nice to see Angie be a lot more aggressive during the American hard court swing. The German is capable of stepping up and being the aggressor, however sometimes she is far too conservative. This will be the first time these two ladies do battle. A confident Angelique Kerber should be too strong for Coco Vandeweghe.
Prediction: Angelique Kerber to defeat Coco Vandeweghe in straight sets
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