|French Open 2015|
|Serena Williams (USA)||vs||Lucie Safarova (CZE)||
Saturday, 6 June 2015 at 15:00 GMT / 16:00 UK / 20:30 IST
The most likely of contenders will face a less-than-likely challenger in Saturday’s Women’s championship match at Roland Garros. Czech 13 seed, Lucie Safarova, is unquestionably playing the best tennis of her career. The real question is whether she can sustain her magnificent, determined effort against the game’s most imposing force, top seed and world number 1, Serena Williams.
All indications are that Lucie will not only come up short in her quest for her first major singles title but that she will also be dominated. In their eight previous matches, Lucie has come up short against Serena. In their only clay surface encounter, Serena ran away from the Czech, 6-0, 6-1, a 2013 match the challenger would like to forget.
On the hard surface, Lucie stretched Serena to three sets in Beijing at the end of last season. That is the type effort she will need to keep fans in their seats on Saturday.
In the semis, Lucie overcame a fast start and a real challenge by tenacious Ana Ivanovic to win in straight sets, 7-5, 7-5. It was an admirable win for Lucie. In her semifinal victory, Serena withstood the hot play of young Timea Bacsinszky, a rising star, and a flu bug that contributed to a less than stellar performance. Don’t expect anything less than her best in the finals.
As always, when competing against Serena, there is the “serve problem.” You cannot beat Serena unless you find a way to break her serve, no easy task. Against Timea, Serena managed 5 breaks, way too many. Lucie will have to go all out to hold her serve against the power of the top seed. If the challenger can manage two breaks, she had best make them count.
The way we see it, Serena dominates in two quick sets and leaves Paris with her third consecutive major and 20th Grand Slam title.