STANFORD, CA - JULY 11: Serena Williams returns a shot to Nicole Bibbs during the Bank of the West Classic at Stanford University Taube Family Tennis Stadium on July 11, 2012 in Stanford, California. (credit: Matthew Stockman/AFP/Getty Images)
Serena Williams will continue her Bank of the West Classic title defence today with a quarter-final showdown against Chanelle ScheepersYou can watch and bet on Williams v Scheepers live for free at bet365 > live tennis
Serena Williams got her Bank of the West Classic title defence off to a smooth start on Wednesday with a 6-2, 6-1 thrashing of NCAA champion Nicola Gibbs. The American is in top form right now, and is the player to beat in this competition following her slam success at Wimbledon last week.
The player tasked with taking on the world No. 4 next is South Africa’s Chanelle Scheepers. Scheepers has gotten through the first two rounds with minimal fuss, but is likely to struggle today. She played well against Grace Min and Michelle Larcher de Brito, but will need to step up her game in order to be competitive against Williams.
The two players met earlier in the year in Brisbane, where Serena clinched a convincing 6-2, 6-3 victory. It seems probable that we’ll see a similar scoreline here in Stanford, though Scheepers has nothing to lose, and might be able to cause Williams a few problems if she’s at her best.