SPECIAL PREVIEW:WIMBLEDON 2016 FINAL: SERENA vs KERBER


BY HENRY MOTUTU SPECIAL PREVIEW FOR CERUTTI MEDIA SPORTS UNIT





Serena Williams faces Angelique Kerber, the tough, left handed German in Saturday's final. Serena goes into the final with much to prove. Firstly, she is senior to Kerber by 8 years in a sport where age is a critical factor. Secondly, she has vengeance on her mind owing to the fact that she lost the 2016 Australian Open final to the same opponent and more recently, saw her older sister Venus lose the Wimbledon semis to the German! 

She also has her sights on equaling the grand slam tally of Steffi Graph with a win on Saturday. The stats clearly give a huge advantage to Serena. She is world number one in the women's game while her opponent is number 4. In head to head encounters, she has taken 5 out of 7. She has lost just one in the last 10 matches played while Kerber has lost 2. 


She has 21 grand slam trophies to only 1 for her younger opponent. At Kerber's age, she had won many more grand slam trophies than the German has won. Though Serena continues to power her way through to success on all surfaces, she has lost 2 grand slam finals already to younger opponents, Kerber (Australian Open) and Muguruza (Roland Garros). The anxiety to win a first grand slam of the year and her bid to make it 22 trophies could constitute much pressure which may prove to be the source of her undoing!

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