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Something's Got To Give
By Tripp Mateschitz, Lawn Tennis Analyst, Posted: Saturday, January 18, 2014 12:42pm PST USA
Something's Got To Give - Serena Williams, Ana Ivanovic MELBOURNE-- World number one Serena Williams of the USA has won 25 matches in a row dating back to a streak that began in August of last year; while the Australian Open's 14th seed Ana Ivanovic of Serbia is undefeated this year.

Something's got to give Sunday (Saturday night USA) when the two tennis superstars meet in the fourth round in the Melbourne heat.

Serena Williams of the USA and Ana Ivanovic of Serbia
Something's Got To Give - Serena Williams, Ana Ivanovic
Williams has won 25 matches in a row; while Ivanovic is undefeated this year.

Ivanovic won her lone grand slam title at the French Open in 2008 and quickly rode her good looks and then number one ranking to a multimillion dollar bank account.

But then a dramatic weight loss by the Serbian eclipsed her tennis as her game until recent months slumped. Last week at Auckland, Ivanovic won her first WTA Tour singles title since 2011; beating Serena's older sister Venus Williams in the final 6-2, 5-7, 6-4.

And while Venus, a five time Wimbledon champion, has been slowed in recent years by an autoimmune disease; Serena Williams it seems has only grown stronger.

In 2013 Serena went 78-4 in WTA Tour matches played while taking the French Open and US Open titles.

Head to head, the 32 year old Williams, a 17 time grand slam winner, leads the 26 year old Ivanovic 4-0 after winning the duos' last meeting 6-1, 6-3 at the 2012 US Open quarterfinals.

Ivanovic likes to play with power. But the problem is Williams likes pace and no one other than an in-form Venus Williams hits the ball consistently harder.

Ivanovic could mix up her game on some points, be aggressive early in other points to force play and hope Serena commits a high number of unforced errors.

But I think Serena will be continually motivated and focused Sunday to do better at Melbourne than she has recently where ankle injuries in 2012 and 2013 severely hampered her play.

The match could be a blowout with Williams hitting extreme winners at ease. However I expect at least one competitive set to thrill the Melbourne crowd.

But it would only be a bump in an otherwise straight and narrow road to another Australian Open title which for Williams looks inevitable.

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