World No. 1 Serena Williams will battle against Flavia Pennetta in the 2014 Western and Southern Open second round, which will kick off at 17:15 GMT being played here on outdoor hard courts at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason.
32-year-old Serena Williams progresses into 2014 Cincinnati Masters third round after beating Australian Samantha Stosur in two sets with a 7-6, 7-6. American star is considered as one of the hot favorite to clinch 2014 Western and Southern Open crown this week, where she has lost Rogers Cup to her elder sister former World no. 1 Venus Williams in semi finals in three sets.
Both the players are meeting for the sixth time on the WTA Tour, where Serena Williams is leading with a 4-1 win loss head-to-head record against Pennetta. The pair last played each other at the 2013 Miami WTA Open fourth round and American star won the match in two sets with a 6-1, 6-1. As per the predictions, top seed Serena Williams is considered as big favorite to clinch victory in two sets and advances into 2014 Western and Southern Open third round.
Flavia Pennetta has outlasted Townsend of United States in Cincinnati Masters second round and conquered Scheepers in opening round in three sets.