Match: Serena Williams vs. Ekaterina Makarova Preview, Predictions and Betting Tips
Date: Tuesday, 30 August, 2016
World number 1 Serena Williams will have a tough 1st round match at US Open 2016.
Her opponent will be Ekaterina Makarova, 36th ranked. Makarova is definitely one of the most threatening unseeded players in the tournament. Williams won 4 of their 5 meetings. An interesting fact is that this will be their third meeting in New York – Serena won in 2012 6:4 6:0 and in 2014’s semifinal 6:1 6:3. But Williams would surely prefer much weaker opponent because Makarova often delivers her best tennis at the biggest tournaments. She also knows how to beat Serena at a Major – Australian Open 2012.
Serena Williams is without a doubt the biggest favourite in the tournament as she is aiming for a record-breaking 23rd Grand Slam title. Serena fell to unseeded Roberta Vinci in the last year US Open’s semifinals, denying herself a calendar-year Grand Slam. The motivation of the top seed will be huge after the huge disappointment at the Olympics where she was defeated by Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina. I expect full concentration in this game for Serena and a straight-sets win.
Tip: Serena 2:0 sets with Bet365