Analysis of the previous day:
~Aleksandra Krunic beaten no.3 seed Petra Kvitova 6:4 6:4. Aleksandra played amazing, she chased down everything, even those massive shots from Petra. I’m really surprised that this girl was no. 145 before this tournament. She’ll enter top 100 after the US Open for the first time in her career. Well done! 🙂
~Serena, Azarenka, Penetta and Makarova safely defeated their opponents in straight sets. Serena beaten Lepchenko 6:3 6:3. Azarenka beaten Vesnina 6:1 6:1. Penetta beaten Gibbs 6:4 6:0. Makarova beaten Diyas 6:4 6:2. 🙂
~Kaia Kanepi beaten no. 15 seed Carla Suarez Navarro 7:5 6:0. Kaia played very aggressive. Looks like she’s getting back in her form of the last year! 🙂
~Casey DellAcqua beaten Karolina Pliskova in a marathon 6:3 3:6 6:4. Casey played calm and steady and this is second time this year that DellAcqua reached second week of a Grand Slam. Well done Casey! 🙂
~Eugenie Bouchard survived another marathon against Barbora Zahlavova-Strycova 6:2 6:7(2) 6:4. Interesting thing is that Bouchard beaten Cirstea by the same score. The only thing that was different was the result in the tie-break.
Time for predictions! 🙂
Maria Sharapova vs Caroline Wozniacki
Wow! This will be epic! Maria played solid match against Lisicki. She won 6:2 6:4. Wozniacki was amazing in her match against Petkovic, she won 6:3 6:4. Maria will control points with her powerful shots from both sides. Caroline will play steady and patient tennis. With her well-angled shots she can force Maria to play more risky and she’ll make more errors. Maria wasn’t on her best since Roland Garros, but she is a huge fighter and she’ll find a way to win this match, but it won’t be easy. If Maria plays her steady tennis in the end of the match, victory will be hers.
Prediction: Sharapova in 3 very tight sets
Jelena Jankovic vs Belinda Bencic
Both players played amazing in their third round matches. Jelena destroyed Johanna Larsson 6:1 6:0. Belinda beaten Angelique Kerber in a high-quality match 6:1 7:5. Belinda saved 5 set points in the second set. This will be interesting match, both players can play good offensive and defensive tennis. Both players have similar play style, but biggest difference is that Jankovic have better serve. Belinda have strong forehand and backhand, while Jankovic have massive backhand, but solid forehand. This will be close match, but I believe that experience will prevail and that Jankovic will win this tight battle.
Prediction: Jankovic in 3 sets
Sara Errani vs Mirjana Lucic-Baroni
Sara survided amazing battle against Venus Williams 6:0 0:6 7:6(5). Sara’s fighting spirit gave her this victory. Mirjana was amazing in her victory over world no.2 Simona Halep 7:6(6) 6:2. Almost everyone believe that Sara will win this, but Mirjana played amazing against world no. 2 and she’s really confident at the moment. Sara plays patient tennis with lot of variations. Her biggest weapon is her topspin forehand. Mirjana plays risky and powerful tennis and her biggest weapon is her forehand too, but her forehand is very flat. Mirjana is confident at this moment and she was in the semi-final of the Grand Slam before, so I believe she will manage to win this. Who knows, maybe she’ll reach SFs again! 😉
Prediction: Lucic-Baroni in 3 tight sets
Lucie Safarova vs Shuai Peng
Lucie Safarova struggled against Alize Cornet in the third round, but she won 6:3 6:7(3) 6:4. This shows how Lucie has improved mentally this year.Peng played very well against Roberta Vinci, she won 6:4 6:3. This will be interesting match. Both players play very aggressive tennis. Lucie is left-handed and she have better serve than Peng. However, Shuai is capable of playing unpredictable shots. She can play powerful tennis, but she have good drops shot and net play too. This will be another close match, but Peng didn’t lose a set whole week and Lucie lost two sets in her last two matches, so I believe that Peng will manage to win this!
Prediction: Peng in 3 sets
I predicted that every match today will be three-setter. Will it happen? We’ll find out today! 🙂
~Vote for a player who will win US Open in your opinion!
Serena leads with 33 votes, Jankovic is second with 12 and Sharapova is third with 7 votes.
Note: Kvitova and Navarro are deleted from the poll because they lost their 3rd round matches yesterday! 🙂