Recap of Australian Open Women’s Final

By | 1 minute read | January 28, 2017

2017 Australian Open – Day 13 Recap

 

Women’s Singles Championship

2nd seed Serena Williams defeated her older sister 13th seed Venus Williams 6-4, 6-4 in 1 hour 22 minutes on Rod Laver Arena.  As expected, serve was a huge key to the match.  Serena dropped her opening two service games with unforced errors and did not face another break point the rest of the match.  In her first two service games, Serena had 4 double faults, 9 total unforced errors and lost 11 points on serve.  In the other 18 games of the match, Serena had 12 total unforced errors.  Serena held her final 8 service games dropping a total of 11 points in those 8 games.  She finished the match with 10 aces and won 76% of her first serve points.  In the 2nd set she lost 7 points in her 5 service games.

 

But it was Serena’s return game that kept her in the match early and ultimately made the difference. Coming into this match Venus had won 55% of her 2nd serve points – against Serena she won just 6 of 21 (29%).  Serena hit 7 clean return of serve winners and made only 2 unforced errors on returns.  She kept the pressure on Venus’ serve throughout the match, creating 11 break points and converting 4.

 

Serena Williams is the queen of “First Strike” tennis. She usually takes control of the points from the first shot and that was true in the final against Venus:

 

First Strike to Victory for Serena

Aces                                         10

Unreturned Serves                  23 of 56 (41%)

Return of Serve Winners        7

Short Rallies Won                   57 of 102 (56%)

 

Venus won 14 of the 26 points that lasted more than 4 strokes, but it was Serena’s aggressive first swings that put her in command of the match. Venus hit 69% of her first serves in play and won 67% of those points – very solid serving.  But when she had to hit a 2nd serve, Serena was just too strong and powerful on return.