Women’s Australian Open Semifinal Preview
The women of the tennis world are also having their own amazing Australian Open that has featured some great runs by crowd favorites and newer names to the Grand Slam scene.
Only one of the four in the semifinals has won at the Australian Open before… and she is possibly the best of all time.
#2 Serena Williams will face off against #79 Mirjana Lucic-Baroni
Serena has a little more riding on this than just getting to the finals and claiming her 23rd Grand Slam. A win in the Australian Open would return her back to the #1 ranking in the world. Serena already has six wins in the Australian, but is looking to avenge her loss in this Open from last year.
Lucic-Baroni on the other hand was a long shot to reach this point. She was on the pro-circuit as a youngster, but stepped back for different personal reasons. Now she is on the brink of having a chance at her first career Grand Slam at the age of 34.
The other side features another household name against a young, bold player.
#13 Venus Williams will play #35 Coco Vandeweghe
Venus hasn’t experienced the same amount of success as her sister, but does have seven Grand Slams of her own. She has never won the Australian Open, and has only made the finals here once. That was in 2003, she was defeated that year by her sister. This would be her chance to potentially get revenge for that event.
The young Vandeweghe stand in her way though. Not to be outdone by the fame that comes with the Williams name, Vandeweghe shares professional sports blood with two former NBA players, an Olympic swimmer, and Miss America.
Vandeweghe was once thought to be the next great American player after the Williams sisters. However, her development was rather slow, until this past year. She has gone 6-1 against top-10 players in the last year. Including taking out the #1 and #7 players in this Australian Open.
So how will this final look?
Serena will not be denied another chance to play for another Grand Slam and avoid a loss like last year.
When she reaches the final, it will not be her sister waiting for her, but rather the young Vandeweghe who will look to claim her first Grand Slam and add Serena to her list of top-10 wins.