US Open 2014 – day 8

Analysis of the previous day:

~Sara Errani beaten Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 6:3 2:6 6:0. Interesting match, Sara played solid, but Mirjana made lot of errors, especially in the 3rd set. Well done Sara!

~Caroline Wozniacki beaten Maria Sharapova 6:4 2:6 6:2. It was an amazing match. Well done Caro!

~Shuai Peng beaten Lucie Safarova 6:3 6:4. Peng is now in her first Grand Slam quarter-final. Well done Shuai!

~Belinda Bencic beaten Jelena Jankovic 7:6(6) 6:3. Belinda played amazing, she saved 3 set points in the first set. Poor JJ. She wasted another good opportunity to win a Grand Slam. Looks like she will never win it. However, Belinda really deserved this victory. Well done Belinda!

 

Serena Williams vs Kaia Kanepi

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Serena played solid against Lepchenko. She won 6:3 6:3. Kanepi played very well against Suarez Navarro, she won 7:5 6:0. This will be interesting match. Both players are powerful hard-hitters. Serena played very good in her first three matches and I believe that she can extend her streak against Kanepi. Kaia is capable of playing amazing tennis, but she can’t do it with consistency. Kanepi can make this match interesting, but Serena will win this match in 2 sets.

Prediction: Serena in 2 tight sets

 

Victoria Azarenka vs Aleksandra Krunic

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Victoria destroyed Vesnina in 3rd round 6:1 6:1. Looks like old Vika is back! Aleksandra was impressive in her straight sets victory against Kvitova. She won 6:4 6:4. Azarenka is playing consistent aggressive tennis, but her movement is not that good since she returned this year. Krunic have good topspin forehand, good slice, good drop shot and she’s REALLY FAST! This will be close match, but Victoria have more experience, so she will win this battle. However, I believe that Krunic have a bright future!

Prediction: Azarenka in 3 tight sets

 

Eugenie Bouchard vs Ekaterina Makarova

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Eugenie survived her match against Zahlavova-Strycova. She won 6:2 6:7(2) 6:4. Ekaterina was impressive against Diyas, she won 6:2 6:4. Both players play aggressive tennis. Bouchard takes the ball early so it could be difficult for her opponent to return her shots. Makarova is always dangerous opponent, so Bouchard should be careful. Ekaterina is left-handed, but will it help against Eugenie? This will be very tight match, but Bouchard will book her place in the OFs!

Prediction: Bouchard in 3 tight sets

 

Flavia Pennetta vs Casey DellAcqua

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Pennetta played pretty solid against Gibbs, she won 6:4 6:0. Casey survived her match against big-serving Pliskova. She won 6:3 3:6 6:4. Pennetta is playing solid tennis. She have good balance between offense and defence. Casey is an aggressive left-hander and she can be really dangerous opponent. This will be interesting match with lot of long rallies. This will be another tight match, but Pennetta’s experience will give her advantage and she’ll win, but it won’t be easy!

Prediction: Pennetta in 3 sets

~Vote for a player who will win US Open in your opinion!

Serena leads with 40 votes, Bouchard is second with 6 and Azarenka is third with 2 votes.

Note: Lucic-Baroni, Sharapova, Safarova and Jankovic are deleted from the poll because they lost their 4th round matches yesterday!

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