Analysis of the previous day:
~Sara Errani beaten Venus Williams in thriller 6:0 0:6 7:6(5). Venus played poorly in the first and amazing in the second set. Third set was very exciting. Sara was better in the tie-break and she won. I’m fan of Venus, but Sara fought really hard and she deserved this victory. 🙂
~Mirjana Lucic Baroni beaten Simona Halep 7:6(6) 6:2. Simona lead 5-2 and she had 3 sets points, but since then, Mirjana played amazing. Lucic-Baroni won 11 of the next 14 games. She played aggressive and with lot of motivation. Looks like Mirjana is rolling back the years!
~Rising star Belinda Bencic beaten Angelique Kerber 6:1 7:5. Bencic was so aggressive and she deserved this victory so much. Kerber was a little bit passive, but all credit to Bencic. She saved 5 set points in the second set!
~Shuai Peng continue her good form with straight set victory over Roberta Vinci 6:4 6:3. She’ll play against Lucie Safarova who edged Alize Cornet in thriller 6:3 6:7(3) 6:4.
~Caroline Wozniacki beaten Andrea Petkovic 6:3 6:2. She’ll play against Maria Sharapova. Maria beaten Sabine Lisicki in straight sets 6:2 6:4.
~Jelena Jankovic lost just one game en route to the 4th round. She beaten Johanna Larsson 6:1 6:0.
Now it’s time for predictions! 🙂
Serena Williams vs Varvara Lepchenko
Serena Williams was impressive in her victory over Vania King. Even thought it was windy, Serena lost just one game and she won 6:1 6:0. Lepchenko was impressive too – she beaten Mona Barthel 6:4 6:0. Serena will be dominant in this match. She’ll be firing her aces and groundstrokes all over the court. Varvara needs to play as aggressive as she can. She must try to discrupt Serena’s rhythm, but it’s far from easy. If you send to Serena slow shot or moonball she will score a winner, for sure. Varvara is left-handed, but I doubt it will help her against Serena. This match will be interesting, but I don’t believe that Lepchenko will be able to take more than 4 or 5 games from Serena.
Prediction: Serena in 2 sets
Petra Kvitova vs Aleksandra Krunic
Petra played solid against Cetkovska. She made a lot of errors, but she was calm and steady. Aleksandra managed to beat American Medison Keys on the Louis Armstrong court after saving 5 set points in first set 7:6(5) 2:6 7:5. This girl really have a heart of lion! Keys and Kvitova have similar play style, but Kvitova is lot better than Keys in this moment. Petra will play aggressive as always, she’ll serve aces and she’ll control game with her powerful groundstrokes. Aleksandra needs to play aggressive, but not too risky. She must extend the rallies if she wants to harm Petra. Aleksandra will fight until the end, but Petra will be the winner in the end. However, there’s were lot of upsets yesterday, but I’ll be surprised if Kvitova lose this match.
Prediction: Kvitova in 2 tight sets
Eugenie Bouchard vs Barbora Zahlavova-Strycova
Both players struggled in the second round. Eugenie edged Sorana Cirstea 6:2 6:7(4) 6:4. Barbora beaten Monica Niculescu 4:6 6:4 6:2. Eugenie will be the aggressor in this match. She’ll put lot of pressure on Barbora. Zahlavova-Strycova needs to find her way to the net. The best way to do that against Bouchard is probably with backhand slice or with deep topspin forehand. Zahlavova needs to use lot of dropshots and slices to disrupt Eugenie’s rhythm. Bouchard will go for her shots and that’s something that Barbora can’t stop. This will interesting match, but Eugenie will win in two sets.
Prediction: Bouchard in 2 sets( one tight, one easy)
Casey DellAcqua vs Karolina Pliskova
Casey struggled against Wang, but she managed to win that match 4:6 6:4 6:2. Karolina beaten Ana Ivanovic in tight two sets 7:5 6:4. Both players are playing aggressive tennis. Pliskova is more powerful, but Casey is faster. Karolina have a massive serve and powerful groundstrokes, but her movement is little bit robotic. However, Czech is enough powerful to mask her weakness. Casey is aggressive player with good volleys, but she struggled against low-ranked opponents, so I believe that Pliskova will be the winner of this match. But who knows, maybe Casey surprise me!
Prediction: Pliskova in 3 sets
Penetta df. Gibbs in 3 sets
Azarenka df. Vesnina in 2 sets
Kanepi df. Suarez Navarro in 3 tight sets
Makarova df. Diyas in 2 sets
~Vote for a player who will win US Open in your oppinion!
Serena leads with 30 votes, Kvitova is second with 7 and Sharapova is third with 5 votes.
Note: Halep, Kerber, Lisicki, Venus and Petkovic are deleted from the poll because they lost their matches yeasterday. They had 44 votes combined! 🙂