Sony Ericsson Championships: Thursday preview
Originally published on 26/02/10 11:19
The Williams sisters will take centre stage on day three of the 2008 Sony Ericsson Championships as they go head to head in the second match on centre court.
A win for Venus would guarantee her place in the semi-finals of the $4.45 million end-of-season showcase having won her opening Maroon Group encounters against Dinara Safina and Elena Dementieva.
The sisters have played a whopping 17 times in their careers, with Serena ahead 9-8 after clinching their most recent meeting 7-6, 7-6 in the quarter-finals of the US Open.
Serena will go into Thursdays clash as slight favourite after an impressive first outing on day two when she crushed Safina 6-4, 6-1.
World No.1 Jelena Jankovic will open proceedings against Svetlana Kuznetsova and if, as expected, she beats the Russian she will end Ana Ivanovics interest in the event.
A victory for top seed Jankovic would guarantee her qualification from the White Group into the semi-finals along with surprise package Vera Zvonareva.
The last match on court will see Safina take on Dementieva. While world No.2 Safina is now unlikely to reach the semi-finals having lost to both Williams sisters, Dementieva will be hoping to keep her dreams of a place in the last four alive with a victory.
Thursday order of play (5pm start local time)
1. Jankovic vs. Kuznetsova
2. S.Williams vs. V.Williams
3. Safina vs. Dementieva