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Serena Williams vs Anastasia Potapova Live Stream, Predictions & Tips - Will Williams Be Tested?
- Serena Williams vs Anastasia Potapova preview and predictions for Friday’s Australian Open match.
- The match is being played at Melbourne Park at 02.00 GMT
- Williams has won four of her last five matches in straight sets
- I predict a similarly crushing scoreline for Williams against Stojanovic
- Match preview, predictions and live stream information.
Serena Williams has lost five games so far at the Australian Open 2021 (Photo by Mackenzie Sweetnam/Getty Images)
Serena Williams vs Anastasia Potapova Predictions
Despite concerns about a right shoulder injury coming into the tournament, Williams has been on formidable form so far.
The seven-time Australian Open champion has only conceded five games in two matches. She beat Anastasia Potapova 6-0, 6-3 when they played in Melbourne 13 months ago. It could be a similar story when they meet again on Friday.
- Williams has won over 80% of first-serve points and been broken once in two matches
- The American has won four of her five matches in 2021 in 17 games or fewer
- Potapova has never beaten a top-20 player on hard courts
- Four of Potapova’s five matches in 2021 so far have lasted 18 games or fewer
Head to Head
The head-to-head between Serena Williams and Anastasia Potapova is 1-0 in Williams’ favour.
Williams beat Potapova 13 months ago in the first round of the Australian Open. The match lasted under an hour and Williams conceded one break of serve.
Serena Williams Stats
Age: 39 (26 September 1981)
Height: 5’9” (175cm)
World Ranking: 11
Career High: 1 (July 2002)
Career WTA Singles Titles: 73
Career Grand Slam Singles Titles: 23 (7 Australian Open, 7 Wimbledon, 6 US Open, 3 French Open)
2021 Titles: 0
Australian Open Best Result: Champion (2003, 2005, 2007, 2009-10, 2015, 2017)
Serena Williams Form
Williams had her serve broken in her first game of the tournament, but since then she has not conceded a single break of serve.
The seven-time Australian Open champion followed up a 6-1, 6-1 defeat of Laura Siegemund by beating Nina Stojanovic 6-3, 6-0. She has won over 80% of first-serve points in three of her five matches so far in 2021, and conceded one or zero breaks of serve in four.
In the past 16 years, Williams has lost only one match on a hard court to a player ranked outside the top 100.
Anastasia Potapova Stats
Age: 19 (30 March 2001)
Height: 5’7” (175cm)
World Ranking: 101
Career High: 64 (July 2019)
Career WTA Singles Titles: 0
Career Grand Slam Singles Titles: 0
2021 Titles: 0
Australian Open Best Result: R2 (2019)
Anastasia Potapova Form
Still only 19, Potapova broke into the top 100 at the end of 2018. She won matches at the Australian and French Opens and Wimbledon in 2019 but injured her ankle late in that season.
As a result Potapova decided to undergo ankle surgery last July and did not play after March 2020.
Now ranked world no. 101, Potapova knocked out 24th seed Alison Riske 6-2, 6-1 (both players had been in hard quarantine) in the first round. She went on to beat qualifier Timea Babos 6-2, 6-4 to set up a rematch with Williams.
Serena Williams and Anastasia Potapova meet in the third round of the Australian Open on Friday 12 February (match scheduled for 2am GMT).
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Serena Williams vs Anastasia Potapova are meeting in the third round of the Australian Open.
It is hard to predict anything other than a straightforward win for Williams. It's unlikely the American gets broken more than once, as has been the case in four of her five matches in 2021.
Total Games: Under 18.5 Total Games @-120.48 at BetMGM - 2 Units
Breaks of Serve: Potapova -1.5 Breaks of Serve @-120.48 at bet365 Sport NJ - 2 Units