Serena Williams vs. Victoria Azarenka
Serena Williams has looked dominant in her run to the final. Simona Halep and Agnieszka Radwanska provided some resistance, but Serena still prevailed in routine fashion. Serena now faces a familiar face in Victoria Azarenka in the final. This is one of my favorite matches because Vika tries to attack Serena rather than trying to win based upon eliciting unforced errors. Serena’s most recent loss came against a mobile player who was willing to mix it up, but Angelique Kerber’s lefty forehand constantly bothered Serena’s net advances. Victoria Azarenka hits the ball well enough and competes hard, but she is not a lefty. Serena and Vika have a lot of traits in common, but the plain fact is Serena’s mechanics are much less likely to breakdown over the course of a match. I think this will be close for at least awhile, but Serena’s superior technique will be the difference.
My Prediction: Serena Williams d. Victoria Azarenka 7-5, 6-3