Venus Williams will take on Sloane Stephens in a match that few could see it as the 2017 semifinal. There are several reasons for that. First, Venus is 37 years old and she faced much younger opponents in her way to this semifinal, but somehow, she made it. Second, Sloane Stephens is back on the WTA tour for only two months, she did not play the first half of the season and now she’s just a match away from her biggest career performance since the Australian Open semifinal in 2013.
There’s a 13 year age gap between the two, but, as Federer and Nadal showed, age is just a number in today’s tennis. Sloane leads the direct meetings with 1-0, which is almost insignificant in statistics terms. It will all come down to which player will hit the ball more precisely and make fewer errors. Of course, it looks like Venus has the first chance, but Sloane will be a difficult opponent.
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As I said, Venus has the first chance with 1.60 odds to win the match (a pretty good 60% return), while Sloane is at 2.35 (that is 135% return, more than double). Of course, the odds will change when the match starts.
Venus Williams road to the semifinal:
R1: def. V. Kuzmova
R2: def. O. Dodin
R3: def. M. Sakkari
R4: def. C. Suárez Navarro
QF: def. P. Kvitova (#13)
Sloane Stephens road to the semifinal:
R1: def. R. Vinci
R2: def. D. Cibulkova (#11)
R3: def. A. Barty
R4: def. J. Goerges (#30)
QF: def. A. Sevastova (#16)