Daily Data Viz: Serena Williams vs. Lucie Safarova French Open final
Serena Williams has never lost to Lucie Safarova and is 8-0 in their head-to-head matchup, dropping just three sets to Safarova in their previous eight matches. Safarova comes into this final having played better, more consistent tennis than the World No. 1, with impressive wins over Sabine Lisicki, defending champion and No. 2 Maria Sharapova, Garbine Muguruza and 2008 champion and No. 7 Ana Ivanovic without losing a set.
Safarova's chance in this match will hinge on her forehand, her serves and her nerves. Serena has struggled at times with her backhand and Safarova can test that with her lefty slice serves and her cross court forehands. For all of Serena's struggles in Paris so far—she lost the first set in four of her matches—she has fought incredibly well under pressure, twice coming back from a set and a break down. She's never out of a match with her powerful serves and groundstrokes. How has No. 1 Serena performed at the French Open so far?
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