Analysis of the previous day:
~Karolina Pliskova beaten seed no. 8 Ana Ivanovic 7:5 6:4. Ivanovic really struggles at the Grand Slams this year, but Karolina played great match.
~Nicole Gibbs beaten Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6:4 6:7(6) 6:3. Solid win for Nicole, but Pavs made too many errors.
~Aleksandra Krunic beaten American hope Madison Keys 7:6(4) 2:6 7:5. Krunic saved 5 set points in the first set. Even thought Madison wasn’t on her best, great win for Aleksandra anyway!
~Kaia Kanepi beaten Samantha Stosur 3:6 6:3 7:6(8). Kanepi saved 2 MPs. Good victory for Kaia.
~Zarina Diyas beaten 15-year old CiCi Bellis( girl who won against Cibulkova) 6:3 0:6 6:2. Rollercoaster match, but still good tournament for young American CiCi.
~Eugenie Bouchard survived Sorana Cirstea 6:2 6:7(4) 6:4. Very interesting match, Sorana finally started playing some good tennis.
Here we go…Predictions! 🙂
Maria Sharapova vs Sabine Lisicki
Sharapova barely beaten Dulgheru 4:6 6:3 6:2. Maria didn’t play well, but she fought hard and she won. Sabine beaten Brengle 6:4 6:1. She played pretty well. This is a fantastic 3rd round match. Sabine have good serve, powerful flat strokes and good drop shot. Maria’s shots are not that flat, but she can keep attacking consistently. If Lisicki can play calm and aggressive, she can actually win this. However, Maria is just too stable in the end, so I don’t think that Sabine can cause an upset here. This will be close match, but Maria will survive this battle!
Prediction: Sharapova in 3 sets
Sara Errani vs Venus Williams
Sara finally started winning consecutive matches on the faster surfaces. She beaten Anastasia Rodionova in the 2nd round. It was solid performance from Sara. Venus played very good against Timea. We all know that Venus will be the one who is deciding everything – she’ll produce winners, she will make errors! Sara will keep pushing the ball in the court with her topspin and slice shots and she’ll chase down everything she can. Venus need to play calm and aggressive. After powerful shot, she must come to the net. Sara’s lack of power is exposed on the faster surfaces and i believe that Venus will finally reach second week of the Grand Slam for the first time since Wimbledon 2011.
Prediction: Venus in 3 sets
Shuai Peng vs Roberta Vinci
Peng Shuai played amazing against Radwanska. She beaten Agnieszka in straight sets! Roberta struggled against Camelia begu, eventually winning that match 2:6 6:4 6:1. Peng will be more aggressive that Roberta because Peng is capable of producing powerful winner from both sides. Roberta have powerful forehand, slice backhand and good net play. This two players are biggest rivals in doubles which makes this match even more interesting.If Peng plays calm and if Roberta’s slices can’t affect Shuai’s mind, I think that Peng will reach another 4th round of the Grand Slam this year.
Prediction: Peng in 2 tight sets
Lucie Safarova vs Alize Cornet
Lucie struggled against Saisai Zheng, but it was only because it’s hard for Lucie to deal with moonballs. Cornet played solid against Hantuchova, but Daniela is not playing well anymore. Lucie have powerful and unpredictable shots and good slice serve. Cornet have good topspin forehand, solid backhand and she’s using drop shots and slices very well. If Lucie can stay calm she can win this.This will be interesting match, but Lucie is more steadier now, so she’ll win this, but it won’t be easy.
Prediction: Safarova in 3 tight sets
Jankovic df. Larsson in 2 sets
Kerber df. Bencic in 2 tight sets
Halep df. Lucic-Baroni in 2 sets
Wozniacki df. Petkovic in 2 tight sets
~Vote for a player who will win US Open in your oppinion! 🙂
Serena leads with 23 votes, Halep is second with 21 and Lisicki is third with 7 votes!
Note: Ivanovic and Stosur are deleted from the poll because they lost their matches yesterday! 🙂