US Open 2014 – day 1

I can’t hide how excited I am about last Grand Slam of the season 2014. Today I will analyse five matches instead of four, because there’s lot of great matches! When you read my predictions, you can vote for a player who will win US Open 2014 in your opinion on the bottom of the page 🙂

 

Venus Williams vs Kimiko Date-Krumm

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When we mention these two, It’s hard not to remember their fantastic match at Wimbledon 2011. One of the best matches ever! Venus showed her good form in Montreal where she reached finals. Kimiko struggles with her form lately, but it’s not surprising. She’ 43! I think that both ladies can show how it’s important to never give up. Venus will control game with her massive shots. Kimiko will chase down everything she can and she’ll wait for opportunity to absorb Venus’ power and send even more powerful shot. Kimiko has good hands at the net, flat strokes, good slice and good drop shot. However, I think that she will be able to handle pressure of Williams’ power just for one set. This will be fun match to watch, but Venus should have no problem to win this.

Prediction: Venus in 2 sets( one tight, one easy )

 

Maria Sharapova vs Maria Kirilenko

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Maria plays against Maria! Sharapova had fantastic year highlighted with her victory at French Open. Kirilenko, however, struggles with her form. She showed that she’s still capable of playing well in her match against Stephens which was fantastic. Kirilenko needs to play patient and aggressive if she wants to harm Sharapova. Sharapova is more powerful of these two, so she’ll be the aggressor in this match. Kirilenko need to slow down rallies with her two-handed slice and to try to draw errors from Maria. This will be close match, but Maria will win it in two sets.

Prediction: Sharapova in 2 tight sets

 

Jelena Jankovic vs Bojana Jovanovski

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Two Serbs plays against each other for fourth time. Jankovic leads 2-1. Jankovic had solid year, but she struggles with form lately. Jovanovski had solid year too, but I know that she is capable of doing more damage on the WTA tour. Jovanovski is not that powerful like Serena or others, but she’s really aggressive and patient. However, Bojana’s game is one-sided. She’s just a baseliner and she only hits normal shots without some variations. She’s pretty powerless at the net. Jelena needs to exploit Bojana’s weaknesses with lot of variations. With deep balls, drop shots and going to the net she’ll make Bojana nervous. Jankovic can control game with her massive backhand too. Jovanovski will fight till the bitter end, but JJ will win this in two.

Prediction: Jankovic in 2 sets

 

Shuai Peng vs Jie Zheng

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Peng against Zheng. This should be interesting. This two met last time in 2010. Both players are aggressive and they love to play on the grass. Peng have two-handed forehand, unpredictable shots and she’s good at the net.Her favorite shot is forehand, but her backhand is her better shot. She have good drop shot too. Zheng is aggressive and quick around the court. Her better shot is forehand which is more powerful. In this match, lot of points will be very interesting and creative. Peng is in better form this year, so I believe she’ll win this. However, Zheng plays her best tennis at Grand Slams and maybe she’ll surprise us.

Prediction: Peng in 3 sets

 

Sabine Lisicki vs Francoise Abanda

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I was really hoping that Abanda will get some easy opponent in first round, but that didn’t happen. Abanda played amazing in qualies, losing just six games in 3 matches! However, main draw is something different. Lisicki is very hard opponent. Sabine have powerful flat strokes and she knows to surprise her opponent with drop shots. Abanda have powerful forehand and solid net skills. The only chance that Abanda have is that Lisicki don’t know her play style. Francoise will show flashes of brilliance, but Lisicki will prevail in two.

Prediction: Lisicki in 2 sets

Other predictions:

Halep df. Rose Collins in 2 sets

Radwanska df. Fichman in 2 sets

Stephens df. Beck in 2 tight sets

Kerber df. Pervak in 2 sets

Wozniacki df. Rybarikova in 2 tight sets

Brengle df. Glushko in 3 sets

Petkovic df. Jabeur in 2 sets

Cornet df. Hesse in 2 sets

Konta dr. Peer in 3 sets

Flipkens df. Errani in 3 tight sets

Nara df. Wozniak in 3 sets

Safarova df. Babos in 2 tight sets

Vinci df. Ormaechea in 2 sets

Hantuchova df. Oprandi in 3 sets

Giorgi df. Rodionova in 3 sets

Muguruza df. Lucic-Baroni in 2 tight sets

Begu df. Soler-Espinosa in 3 tight sets

Voegele df. S. Zheng in 3 sets

Kudryavtseva df. Duan in 3 sets

Bascinszky df. Bertens in 3 sets

Bencic df. Wickmayer in 3 tight sets

Smitkova df. Puig in 3 sets

Razzano df. Larsson in 3 sets

Sasnovich df. Schmiedlova in 2 sets

Torro-Flor df. Cepelova in 3 tight sets

Knapp df. Pironkova in 3 sets

Dulgheru df. Kr. Pliskova in 3 sets

 

 

 

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