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Serena Williams vs. Sam Stosur: WTA Cincinnati Round 2 Preview

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Serena Williams vs. Sam Stosur: WTA Cincinnati Round 2 Preview
Top seed Serena Williams who was beaten in the semis of Montreal, will be keen to rebound with a title here in Cincinnati where she will begin his campaign with a second round meeting with the Aussie Samantha Stosur. Can she make a flying start to the tournament on the day?

World No.1 Serena Williams hasn’t been at her dominating best like she was in 2013, but there’s little doubt that she is getting better by the day. After all, she bounced back in style from her heart-breaking twin losses at the French Open and Wimbledon by defending her Bank of The West Classic title in Stanford – a tour leading fourth title of the year for her.

However, she would have loved to sustain that momentum by bagging her second successive trophy in Montreal the following week, but failed in her pursuits as a resurgent Venus Williams produced one of her best performances to upset her in the semis. It was Serena’s first loss to her elder sister in more than five years. Yet, it must be acknowledged that Serena is moving really well at the moment and she is also striking the ball quite cleanly and the only thing that is bothering her right now is the huge number of unforced errors she is committing in her matches.

On the other hand, former World No.4 Samantha Stosur is on a downward spiral as she has slipped out of the top-20 in the rankings. Currently ranked No.22 in the world, Stosur has struggled to find any sort of form whatsoever with her best performance coming in Hobart at the start of the year where she got through to the semis. Apart from it, she made it through to the fourth round of Roland Garros and the third rounds of both Madrid and Rome. Last week in Quebec she was taken to the cleaners by the woman she will be up against later this afternoon.

Head-to-Head: Serena has a dominant 7-3 advantage over the Brisbane native including a 6-0, 6-2 annihilation of her in Canada the previous week. Once again, Williams will get there on court as the massive favorite as she will be eager to make amends to her outing in Montreal by winning the title here in Mason.

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