Serena Williams says she is playing near her best as she attempts to win a record-equalling 22nd Grand Slam title when she faces Angelique Kerber in Saturday’s Australian Open final. The American, 34, won three out of four Grand Slam titles last season, and she’s now bidding to match Steffi Graf’s Open-era haul of 22 Grand Slam titles, while closing in on Margaret Court’s all-time mark of 24.
After a tricky first-round encounter, Serena has progressed through the draw with a series of emphatic victories, dropping just 17 games in the next 5 matches and is yet to lose a set in the tournament.
German seventh seed Kerber is playing in her first Grand Slam final, compared to Williams’ 26th. The 28-year-old has won just once in six previous meetings – a 6-4 6-4 upset in Cincinnati in 2012 – but believes her status as the underdog and the belief built by a steady climb up the rankings gives her hope. She will be ranked at least fourth in the world after the tournament and will move as high as number two if she wins.
The odds on Williams have been extremely stable since opening at 1.18, never hitting lower than 1.14 and currently available at 1.16. Whereas Kerber’s price has seen considerable movement, drifting from an opening 6.02 all the way out to 7.15 but has since come back in to 6.71.
Serena Williams (-5.5) 60.2%
Angelique Kerber (+5.5) 39.8%
Serena Williams 67%
Angelique Kerber 33%
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