US Open 2017 Predictions
Full draw predictions here
Keys d. Stephens in three – Preview
Keys d. Vandeweghe in three – Keys leads the head to head 2-0, and won both of their encounters during this summer season. Madison has played all (i think?) of her matches during the night session so she will definitely be used to the conditions while Vandeweghe has only played in the night once. Vandeweghe’s loss of focus was evident against Pliskova sometimes, while Keys looked in the groove against Kanepi. If Keys can continue to stay focused and not get too overwhelmed by the prospect of a Slam final I think she can do it.
Williams d. Stephens in three – Preview
Ka.Pliskova d. Vandeweghe in three – Very, very dangerous match-up for Pliskova. Their series is tied at two wins apiece and tied at one win apiece on hard courts. Vandeweghe can match Pliskova with her power, and although the World No.1 has been struggling a little, she is still the more consistent one.
Keys d. Kanepi in three – There for sure has to be one point that Kanepi feels tired as she has already played seven matches this week. Both share the same power game, and I see Kanepi maybe taking a set off but get nervous at the important times. Expecting Keys to raise her game and pull through with the help of the partisan crowd.
Kvitova d. Williams in three – Love, love this match-up with two of the biggest hitters. Kvitova leads the head to head 4-1, having won their last three encounters but all of their matches were decided in three sets. Matches usually depend on Kvitova’s performance and she is playing some peak, inspired tennis so far. Could be a battle under the Ashe lights…
Stephens d. Sevastova in three – Sevastova has game to disturb Stephens’ momentum but with the crowd on Stephens’ side I think she may falter. Expecting Stephens to reach her second Slam semifinal with her power game…
Round 4 (2/8)
Ka.Pliskova d. Brady in two – Brady has been the Slam specialist of the year (her only wins of the year came in the Australian Open and now here) but Pliskova should be too steady for her unless the forearm injury is causing Karolina some problems.
Safarova d. Vandeweghe in three – Safarova leads the head to head 3-1, winning their last three meetings. Both have similar games but Safarova is the more solid one and always finds a way to get Vandeweghe on the run in their match-ups.
Svitolina d. Keys in three – Preview
Kasatkina d. Kanepi in three – I think Kasatkina can win this one but it depends if she’s feeling the nerves as this is her first time in the second week of a Slam. Kanepi’s body has a lot of tape and she has played six matches already in the span of the last week.
Suarez Navarro d. Williams in three – Preview. Contemplated for a long time but went for Suarez Navarro…
Muguruza d. Kvitova in three – Preview
Stephens d. Goerges in three – Another tight one, edge with Stephens for me. Goerges is trying to reach a Slam quarterfinal for the first time ever and I think she’ll get nervous, and she has shown that on the big stages having lost three finals this year. Stephens is playing carefree tennis these few weeks and I think she will be solid on serve and break down the German’s game.
Sharapova d. Sevastova in three – Sharapova has been a little inconsistent this week and is really struggling with her opponent’s slices, which Sevastova constantly uses. Sevastova has a lot of weapons to disturb Sharapova but I think she’ll get nervy in the key moments and allow Sharapova to fight her way through.
Round 3 (11/16)
Ka.Pliskova d. Zhang in two – Pliskova leads the head to head 3-0. While Zhang was great against Ozaki, Pliskova is a totally different type of player and I don’t think she’ll be able to find her rhythm.
Niculescu d. Brady in three – First time match-up, I think Niculescu can flummox Brady with her unorthodox strokes.
Vandeweghe d. Radwanska in three – Preview
Safarova d. Nara in two – Nara produced a great performance to get her first top 10 win over Kuznetsova. While Safarova needed three sets to get past Nara’s compatriot Hibino, I think she will be too strong with her power.
Svitolina d. Rogers in three – Svitolina leads the head to head 2-0 but both wins came in three sets. Rogers is exactly the type of player that Svitolina struggles with, but I think the latter’s defense will shine through and thus Svitolina will grit out the win.
Keys d. Vesnina in three – Keys leads the head to head 2-0. I think Keys’ power will be too much for Vesnina to handle…
Ostapenko d. Kasatkina in three – Preview
Osaka d. Kanepi in two – Great week for Kanepi with five wins here but I think she will definitely feel some fatigue…
Makarova d. Suarez Navarro in three – Preview
Williams d. Sakkari in two – Venus won their only encounter last year in a three-set slug at Wimbledon. I think Williams should be too strong to handle for Sakkari.
Kvitova d. Garcia in three – The head to head is tied at two wins apiece and there is nothing much to separate the game – they have the same type of gamestyle. Kvitova’s level in the past two matches have been pretty good while Garcia has lost a little focus at time; so I’ll go for Kvitova.
Muguruza d. Rybarikova in two – Muguruza trounced Rybarikova 6-1 6-1 in their previous meeting at this year’s Wimbledon. I think it’ll be a little tighter but it’ll be shocking if Muguruza loses as she’s playing brilliant tennis right now.
Goerges d. Krunic in three – Goerges won their only meeting, 6-2 6-2 in Wuhan last year. Both women are in great form, especially Goerges, and they share the same type of aggressive gamestyle. Krunic will be bidding to reach the second week of a major for the first time and I expect some nerves to kick in. I think Goerges will be able to capitalise on the draw’s opening and use her experience to navigate through this one.
Stephens d. Barty in three – Preview
Vekic d. Sevastova in three – I think Vekic will win this one, Sevastova struggles a lot to find her rhythm against aggressive players. Sevastova won their only encounter in three sets in Taipei this year.
Sharapova d. Kenin in two – Kudos to Kenin for reaching the third round but Sharapova should have settled down after another three-set win and her quality should shine through here.
Round 2 (Top Half) (12/16)
Ka.Pliskova d. Gibbs in two – Pliskova should have too much power and quality for Gibbs.
Zhang d. Ozaki in two – Against Ozaki, Zhang probably has enough time to set up her strokes and go for her shots.
Strycova d. Brady in two – In their only previous meeting, Strycova trounced Brady on the clay of Stuttgart. Strycova should have too much experience for Brady.
Niculescu d. Bogdan in three – All Romanian encounter; Niculescu leads the head to head 3-0. They also played here last year where Niculescu absolutely thumped Bogdan 6-0 6-1 in the second round. I can see why Bogdan struggles in this match-up because the lack of pace and counter-punching skills from Niculescu will cause her to make more errors.
Radwanska d. Putintseva in two – Radwanska leads the head to head 2-0. I think Radwanska’s variety will cause Putintseva to get frustrated.
Vandeweghe d. Jabeur in two – Both players are playing in the Ashe night session for the first time. I think Jabeur will have some big stages nerves and allow Vandeweghe to dictate play.
Safarova d. Hibino in two – First time match-up, expecting Safarova to overpower Hibino.
Kuznetsova d. Nara in two – I think Kuznetsova should have settled down after saving match points against Vondrousova and cruise through this one.
Svitolina d. Rodina in two – Nice win for Rodina on Ashe yesterday but Svitolina should have too much class for her opponent.
Gavrilova d. Rogers in three – Intriguing one, Rogers has a powerful game but Gavrilova is the type that grinds down all the balls and is in good form, now on a six-match winning streak. I think Gavrilova will be able to capitalise on Rogers’ streaky play and dictate points of her own with her forehand.
Vesnina d. Flipkens in three – Vesnina leads the head to head 4-1 but it could go either way. Siding the Russian on these faster courts.
Keys d. Maria in two – Maria can cause some troubles but Keys should eventually overpower her opponent and win.
Cirstea d. Ostapenko in three – Tough to predict Ostapenko matches so I’m siding with the experienced Cirstea.
Kasatkina d. McHale in three – McHale can take this on her day, but her days have been rare this year. Kasatkina should be able to break down the McHale groundstrokes and attack with her buckets of variety.
Kanepi d. Wickmayer in three – The head to head is tied at three wins apiece but their last match came in 2011. Kanepi is on a little roll having come from qualifying.
Osaka d. Allertova in three – Both are streaky players, intrigued to see if Osaka can back up the win.
Round 2 (Bottom Half) (10/16)
Wozniacki d. Makarova in two – Makarova has been playing some inspired tennis this few weeks but I don’t think she can get past the defences of Wozniacki. Wozniacki leads the head to head 7-0.
Suarez Navarro d. Lucic-Baroni in two – Repeat match-up from Cincy where Suarez Navarro won in straights. I don’t think Lucic-Baroni will have the consistency to get this one but the result may differ a little on these faster courts.
Sakkari d. Rodionova in two – Sakkari said on the WTA website that she has gotten a new coach and is feeling the effects right away. I’ll stick with Sakkari then.
Williams d. Dodin in three – Williams lost a little focus in her first round match but managed to regain her composure in the decider. Dodin is still unfamiliar with the big stage and this will be during the Ashe night slot. Going with Williams who has the more experience.
Cornet d. Kvitova in three – As usual, Peak Petra would win this if she arrives but that has not appeared since Birmingham. Cornet will definitely mix up the rhythm and get back more balls, and that could result in freebies from Kvitova.
Garcia d. Alexandrova in two – Both have similar big games but Garcia has been finding more consistency between tournaments this year.
Kr.Pliskova d. Rybarikova in three – Siding with Pliskova but this could be close. Rybarikova has the game to disturb the Czech with the spins and speeds but the faster courts may help Pliskova.
Muguruza d. Duan in two – Duan could give Muguruza a run for her money and I think the latter will rise up to the challenge and show her quality.
Krunic d. Tomljanovic in two – Krunic was extremely impressive against Konta and I think she can back up the result here.
Goerges d. Zheng in two – The lack of pace from Zheng could trouble Goerges a lot. The German is the more in-form one though and her game seems to be tidied up more often than not now.
Barty d. Sasnovich in three – I like the sound of this match-up. Sasnovich will be bidding to reach the third round of a Slam for the first time while it will be Barty’s second. I think that Barty’s willingness and prowess at the net will help her to get this one.
Cibulkova d. Stephens in three – Preview
Vekic d. Peng in three – Wary of Peng’s injury and with Vekic’s game she’ll constantly have to run around and bring extra balls back.
Vickery d. Kenin in three – Both players will be trying to get into the round of 32 of a Slam for the first time. Whilst it’s a golden opportunity for both players, Vickery is the slightly more experienced one having reached the second round here in 2013.
Sharapova d. Babos in two – The win over Halep should definitely give Sharapova a confidence booster and shake off the rust. Babos is very low on confidence and I don’t think she’ll be able to make this tight with her mentality.
Round 1 (21/32)
Ka.Pliskova d. Linette in two – Pliskova leads the head to head 4-1, I think she should have too much quality and experience for Linette who is probably playing her first match at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Gibbs d. Cepede Royg in three – Toss-up with little data points. Happy that Gibbs made it to the tough draw after such a difficult year on the WTA circuit. Cepede Royg made it to the main draw in Stanford and CIncinnati and hasn’t done much on the tour since her run to the last 16 at Roland Garros. I’ll go with Gibbs, who will have the home support on her side.
Lao d. Ozaki in three – Don’t ask me about this prediction haha. Ozaki is the more experienced player but I feel Lao will win her first Slam main draw win…
Zhang d. Lisicki in three – Not sure about this as Zhang withdrew from New Haven with a forearm injury. Lisicki is playing her first tournament since Washington where she reached the quarterfinals. I think Lisicki has a real shot at the upset but may get nervous at the end of the match with Zhang making an inspired comeback.
Strycova d. Doi in two – Strycova’s on a three-match losing streak after going 1-3 on the US hard court swing. Doi failed to qualify for three US events and her form is really bad so far. Strycova also leads the head to head 2-0.
Brady d. Petkovic in three – After a run to the semifinals in Washington Petkovic seemed to have turn her fortunes around but that thought ended with a comprehensive loss to Magdalena Rybarikova in Cinccinati qualifying. Brady has a decent game and could take advantage if Petkovic goes to her error-filled play.
Bogdan d. Townsend in three – The more I think, the more I feel Townsend will win this. Both players have great games but I’ll go with Bogdan who had a convincing win over Vesnina in New Haven.
Niculescu d. Mladenovic in three – Niculescu leads the head to head 2-0, but their previous encounter had came in 2015. Niculescu’s having a horrible year having lost her last 14 of 19 matches while Mladenovic’s form in recent months has been horrible too, having not won back-to-back matches since Birmingham. Mladenovic’s confidence is really down the drain and the last player you would want to meet with Niculescu always mixing up the rhythm with her different speeds and spins. Tough to call but I’ve gone for the Romanian.
Radwanska d. Martic in three – Radwanska’s game is clearly still not there and lost in a strange match to Gavrilova where her tactics were completely befuddled. Martic has a power game that brought her to back-to-back Slam fourth rounds in Roland Garros and Wimbledon, but lacks experience in the important moments. She was up 5-2 in the decider to Svitolina in RG but faded away quickly with a ton of unforced errors. If she can keep her errors low in crucial moments she can win this but I’ve gone for Aggie in the end.
Zhuk d. Putintseva in three – Golden opportunity for Zhuk to get her first main draw win. Putintseva’s year has been disastrous outisde of the St.Petersburg final and she just suffered a triple bagel to Cornet in New Haven (6-0 6-0 in 60 minutes!). If Zhuk can keep her composure she should be able to eek out the win.
Jabeur d. Minor in two – Never heard of the wildcard Minor before so Jabeur for the win?
Vandeweghe d. Riske in three – Vandeweghe leads the head to head 5-4 but Riske leads it on hard courts 3-2. Riske always struggles to dictate play in this match-up but Vandeweghe can make many errors too. I’ll still go with Vandeweghe who has the advantage on the faster hard courts and is in fine form.
Kontaveit d. Safarova in three – Tough draw for both players – Kontaveit’s having a breakout season and even snagged a seeding but went 0-2 in the US summer swing. Safarova reached the quarterfinals in Toronto but then fell in her Cincinnati opener. Both players have really similar games and it largely depends on their on-court performance that day.
Bellis d. Hibino in two – Bellis leads the head to head 2-0 and should be able to get her first win with the crowd on her side.
Nara d. Sorribes Tormo in two – I’ll have to go with Sorribes Tormo on these faster hard courts. This is a rare opportunity for Nara to dictate play and should be able to put Sorribes Tormo on the backfoot.
Kuznetsova d. Vondrousova in two – This is a tough opener for Kuznetsova on paper however Vondrousova hasn’t played a match on US hard courts and since she won an ITF event on clay in Prague. I think Kuznetsova will be able to capitalise on Vondrousova’s rust.
Svitolina d. Siniakova in two – Preview
Rodina d. Bouchard in three – Rodina didn’t win a single match in US but you never know what you’re going to get from Bouchard. Instinct that is Bouchard will fade away after a brilliant start.
Rogers d. Day in three – I’ve went for Rogers even though she hasn’t won a match in US. Day has a great game and has a chance in this one but I don’t know whether she will be able do it as she is still relatively inexperienced.
Gavrilova d. Kiick in two – Gavrilova’s first match since holding her first trophy at New Haven. On paper, ideal for the Australian.
Blinkova d. Vesnina in two – Vesnina continues to disappoint having only won back-to-back matches in one tournament since her Indian Wells win. Blinkova is a huge hitter and could overpower Vesnina just like what Bogdan did in New Haven.
Flipkens d. Brengle in three – Flipkens won their two previous encounters and has a good chance in breaking down Brengle’s defenses on these faster hard courts.
Maria d. Kratzer in two – Should be OK for Maria with Kratzer one of the wildcards that hasn’t played a WTA/Slam level match.
Keys d. Mertens in three – Tough opener for Keys, really impressed with Mertens’ improvement over this year. Mertens could press Keys into some errors with her great defense game but I feel Keys will feel the support of the crowd and eventually overpower the Belgian.
Ostapenko d. Arruabarrena in three – On paper ideal for Ostapenko but you never know what you’re getting with the Latvian…
Cirstea d. Kerkhove in two – Should be a fine win for Cirstea with Kerkhove in her first main draw at the Slams.
Wang d. Kasatkina in three – Repeat match-up from last year’s US Open R1 with Wang winning that time in three sets. Wang won the gold medal in the Chinese National Games and is high on confidence and form.
Pavlyuchenkova d. McHale in two – Repeat match-up from New Haven where Pavlyuchenkova won in three sets, losing her focus midway. She should win again if she does not lose her way halfway…
Tsurenko d. Wickmayer in two – Wickmayer hasn’t played a WTA event on the US hard courts and Tsurenko’s a really solid player which poses a great challenge for Wickmayer who has to play really controlled tennis.
Schiavone d. Kanepi in three – Great to see Kanepi back in main draws. Toss-up but I’ve gone for Schiavone.
Peterson d. Allertova in two – Allertova’s game can be patchy so I’ve gone for Peterson who I don’t know really well.
Kerber d. Osaka in three – Went back and forth so many times but I’ve gone for Kerber. Osaka retired in Toronto with injury but should be fully well for this one. It’s a decent match-up for Kerber as she’s able to redirect the pace from Osaka and capitalise on her unforced errors. You never know when Osaka’s going to put on a brilliant performance so this is a tough one to decide.
Round 1 (Bottom Half) (19/32)
Wozniacki d. Buzarnescu in two – Buzarnescu did a good job to get to the main draw but there should be no problems for Wozniacki in this one.
Makarova d. Barthel in two – Barthel’s year has gone downhill since winning the Prague title as she has lost her last seven out of eight matches. On the contrary, Makarova’s confidence should be sky high as she is on a roll and has won her last nine out of 11 matches.
Suarez Navarro d. Soylu in two – It is just Soylu’s second Grand Slam appearance and against an experienced Suarez Navarro, she will definitely feel the pressure. A consistent Suarez Navarro for the win.
Puig d. Lucic-Baroni in three – Lucic-Baroni ended a six-match losing streak in New Haven but is evidently struggling with her shoulder. Puig’s year is also a mess so far amassing a dire 15-17 record. Both are super inconsistent but I’m not sure if Lucic-Baroni’s injury will derail her so I’ve went for Puig.
Bertens d. Sakkari in two – Bertens has always struggled during the US hard court swing and this year is the same, having only won one match in her two events. However, Sakkari hasn’t played a match since Miami qualifying in March so I wonder if she has been injured.
Rodionova d. Hogenkamp in three – I can’t explain why I’ve gone for Rodionova but she’s on a four match losing streak so I’m not so sure about this. Still sticking with the Australian…
Dodin d. Parmentier in three – Parmentier leads the head to head 3-2 while Dodin was struggling with injury on court in her last few events. Still, the fast hard courts favour Dodin and Parmentier hasn’t played a main draw hard court event since Miami.
Williams d. Kuzmova in two – Good experience for Kuzmova who gets to play on the main stadium but Venus for the win obviously.
Kvitova d. Jankovic in two – Jankovic is in so, so bad form and retired in her last match in Washington. Kvitova has been pretty erratic in her last two tournaments but she should be able to get this one.
Cornet d. Watson in three – This could be close with Watson in decent form having qualified for Washington and Toronto. Cornet has had a decent two weeks and I think she’ll be too solid for Watson.
Alexandrova d. Zaja in two – Don’t know much about Zaja so I’ll go with the Russian.
Garcia d. Martincova in two – Martincova actually beat Garcia in Gstaad a couple of months ago but the latter is looking good on the US hard courts, reaching the quarterfinals in Toronto, and the fast hard court surface will definitely suit the Frenchwoman.
Giorgi d. Rybarikova in three – Rybarikova got one of the last few seeds but she still got a tough draw in Giorgi. Giorgi beat the Slovak in Cincinnati qualifying and the game of Rybarikova doesn’t really disturb her. If she keeps the errors low she has a high chance for the upset.
Kr.Pliskova d. Eguchi in two – Great to see Kr.Pliskova back in action after the freak accident in Nanchang. I think she should win this relatively comfortably if she does not complicate things herself.
Liu d. Duan in three – Duan hasn’t played any matches in US having been playing the Chinese National Games. I think there is a chance for the Junior Wimbledon champion to take this with Duan in unfamiliar territory on these courts.
Muguruza d. Lepchenko in two – Lepchenko can make things tough for Muguruza but I don’t see the Spaniard having too many problems in this one.
Konta d. Krunic in two – Konta hasn’t been at the best in recent weeks but her consistency should be too much for Krunic.
Larsson d. Tomljanovic in two – You never know what’s up with Tomljanovic as she is still prone to many injuries, having retired in Stanford against Vandeweghe. Larsson failed to qualify for any of her three US events but she should be the more consistent one here.
Van Uytvanck d. Zheng in three – Zheng has lost her last six WTA matches but got a couple of wins in the Chinese National Games. She continues to persist to not undergo knee surgery yet but evidently struggling during her matches. A harder-hitting Van Uytvanck should be able to blow the Chinese player off court.
Goerges d. Beck in two – Goerges reached the final of Washington and is in good form, meanwhile Beck has lost her last seven matches and was the last direct acceptance into the main draw.
Konjuh d. Barty in three – Deliberated a little on this one but I’ve gone for Konjuh. Barty is in good form having qualified for both Toronto and Cincinnati and knocked out Williams in the latter tournament while Konjuh went 2-2 on the US hard courts. Barty definitely has the consistency to force Konjuh into errors but the latter reached the quarterfinals here last year and could overwhelm the Australian with her power.
Sasnovich d. Boserup in two – I like Sasnovich’s game and it’s a good opener for her on paper.
Stephens d. Vinci in three – Brutal draw for Vinci having played such good tennis here in the last two years and she will definitely tumble down the rankings having reached the quarters in 2016. Stephens did extremely well to get back in the top 100 having reached the semifinals in Toronto and Cincinnati. Vinci has the game to disturb Stephens, but the confidence is not there.
Cibulkova d. Cepelova in two – Tough turnaround for Cibulkova having just played the New Haven final but her quality should shine through.
Sevastova d. Witthoeft in three – Sevastova reached the quarterfinals here last year and this was where her comeback started. Her form this year has been very strange, sometimes playing with so much confidence and variety but sometimes she is playing so insecurely. Witthoeft failed to qualify for her two US events so I’ll still go for the ‘safer pick’ in the Latvian.
Begu d. Kozlova in three – Qualifiers are always dangerous but I think Begu can pull this off.
Vekic d. Haddad Maia in three – Very little data points for this one but I’ll go with Vekic who has the better serve and more power.
Peng d. Hesse in two – Peng was hampered in her movement in New Haven but Hesse is only playing her fourth Grand Slam main draw and first since the 2016 Australian Open.
Davis d. Kenin in two – Don’t know much about Kenin but Davis is the more experienced player although she has lost her last six matches.
Vikhlyantseva d. Vickery in two – Don’t know a lot about Vickery’s game, expecting Vikhylantseva to power her way through.
Golubic d. Babos in three – Both are having dire years – I’ll go with Golubic who has the more solid strokes with Babos so erratic and low in confidence in her tournaments this year.
Halep d. Sharapova in three – Preview