The quarterfinal of the 2019 WTA Cincinnati will feature an all-American affair between Madison Keys and Venus Williams, set to take place on Friday, August 16. The match will start after 7:00 pm local time (12:00 am BST) and here, you will get the Madison Keys v Venus Williams live streaming options with the preview.
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Madison Keys v Venus Williams Head to Head
The tally presently stands at 2-2 at the moment, with their last meeting taking place in the 2016 Rogers Cup.
Venus’ Best Run this Season
Venus Williams has been struggling with her form for what seems like an eternity. However, this run in Cincinnati, which was a much-needed one, certainly puts her back in the spotlight and possibly makes her a strong opponent in the US Open.
In the opener, she knocked out Lauren Davis and later, defeated the defending champion Kiki Bertens in three sets, marking her biggest win of the season. After that, she moved past Donna Vekic to set up the quarterfinal bout with Keys.
Williams had a good start to the season with consistent performances but her form dipped with time. To put things in perspective, the former World No. 1 lost her opening round fixtures in Wimbledon, San Jose, and Toronto before finding her way in Cinci.
A Homecoming for Keys
Keys has had a pretty average season as well, winning just one title from the Charleston Open. Similar to Venus, she lost her opening matches in the last couple of tournaments before getting on her winning run in Cincinnati.
For Madison, this journey has been more about defeating some big names and reinstating her claim as a top player of the sport. The 2017 US Open runner-up knocked out Garbine Muguruza, Simona Halep, and Daria Kasatkina to reach the quarterfinal here. This run also marks one of her best results in recent times.
The last time she had a run like this was in the French Open, where she reached the quarterfinal. Keys currently holds a strike rate of 15-11 although, that number doesn’t do justice to her abilities. The 24-year-old has many big finals to her from those in the Italian Open, Canadian Open, and the Birmingham Classic.
Keys v Williams Prediction & Tips
It’s a fixture that can very well go either way. On one hand, Williams has the experience while on the other, Keys has the energy and momentum. The odds are in the favour of Keys, only because of her compatriot’s form this season. Expect a lot of high-quality tennis from this match.
Tip: Three sets in the match. (888Sport)