US Open 2018 WTA – Daily Predictions

US Open Predictions

Final Day – US Open Predictions

S.Williams d. Osaka in two sets – No time for a preview but I’m excited for this one so I’m hoping it doesn’t turn out to be a quick one. Osaka played so well against Keys, especially in defence and being patient in rallies, while Williams was so solid and stuck to the tactic of coming forward so well against Sevastova. Experience plays a key factor especially in such a big match so I will have to go for Serena. I hope Osaka gives it her best effort!

Day 10 – US Open Predictions

Osaka d. Tsurenko in three sets – Expecting a nervy affair as both players are aiming for their first Slam semifinal… Tsurenko has been dealing with various injuries and has the more solid game but Osaka is obviously more powerful and versatile. Edging towards Osaka’s power…

Keys d. Suarez Navarro in two sets Going with Keys here; I think the home crowd will help her to raise her level and I think her weaponry might be too much for Suarez Navarro to handle. This match will depend on Keys’ level…

Day 9 – US Open Predictions

Stephens d. Sevastova in three sets – A rematch of last year’s quarterfinal where Stephens won 6-3 3-6 7-6. The pair have met earlier this year in Montreal where Stephens cruised past the Latvian 6-2 6-2. Sevastova is into her third straight US Open quarterfinal and just seems to love playing here, but Stephens has been so steady and confident in her title defence I don’t see her giving too much away at all. Perhaps Sevastova could nick a set, but I think Stephens will come through unscathed.

S.Williams d. Ka.Pliskova in three sets – The pair last met here at New York where Pliskova scored a 6-2 7-6 upset to reach her first ever Slam final. Pliskova finally seems to be finding some form after a tough few months, but she’ll need to play her best against a totally inspired Serena. Williams was tested hard against Kanepi but I feel that will help her to increase her level as the tournament progresses. I think Serena will come through.

Day 8 – US Open Predictions

Keys d. Cibulkova in two sets – This has never been a good match-up for Cibulkova; Keys leads the head to head 4-0 and always seems to be the one dictating rallies in their match-up. The kick serve from the American is always a great tactic against the shorter Slovakian. Cibulkova has started to find her form since Wimbledon but I suppose Keys will be way too strong with the home support.

Sharapova d. Suarez Navarro in three sets – Sharapova leads the head to head 4-1, but these two have not met since 2015. Suarez Navarro has battled past her first three opponents all in three sets, while Sharapova hasn’t dropped a set in New York just yet. Sharapova hasn’t been tested at all this week though as her opponents have all been so erratic and gifting errors to the Russian – this will not be the case today as Carla is such a solid and smart player. Think Sharapova is still dealing with the forearm injury but it’s another Ashe night match for her and she just does so well under the lights. I think her fighting spirit will see her through this one.

Osaka d. Sabalenka in three sets – Get ready for the helmets in this hard-hitting clash of the youths! Gutted I’ll be missing this one as this match-up just sounds so tantalising. Osaka has been a woman on a mission this week, having just dropped seven games in three matches against Siegemund, Glushko and Sasnovich. Sabalenka continues to be a winning machine as she scored an upset against Kvitova to make it to her first Slam fourth round appearance. Both players will be trying to make it to their first Slam quarterfinal, but based on both players’ games the nerves perhaps won’t be so obvious. There’s barely any data points but I’m slightly edging towards Osaka as she is the more experienced player at this stage of a Slam, and should be refreshed having barely played this whole tournament.

Tsurenko d. Vondrousova in three sets – Once again, both players will try to reach their first Slam quarterfinal and for this I’m expecting a ton of nerves from both players. Both players have similar games though Vondrousova has a touch more variety. The Czech’s game though is slightly more erratic and I think Tsurenko could edge this one out.

Day 7 – US Open Predictions

S.Williams d. Kanepi in two sets – Serena leads the head to head 4-0 and hasn’t dropped a set to Kanepi. Serena was so ruthless and so accurate against Venus and I think she’ll be way too steady for Kanepi.

Stephens vs Mertens Preview

Ka.Pliskova vs Barty Preview

Svitolina d. Sevastova in two sets – I feel this match-up is very good for Svitolina as Sevastova doesn’t have the weapons to outhit her, and can handle all the variety coming from the Latvian. Sevastova is once again finding her best tennis at the US Open, but I think Svitolina will come through comfortably. She’s been going through her rounds under the radar this fortnight and I think that’s working in favour of the Ukrainian.

Day 6 – US Open Predictions

Keys d. Krunic in two sets – Krunic came into the US Open on a five-match losing streak but has done well to battle past Bacsinszky and then cruise past Flipkens in the second round. Don’t see her causing too many problems for Keys though as the American is so comfortable on home soil and can easily overpower Krunic.

Ostapenko d. Sharapova in three sets – The Sharapova-Ostapenko match from Rome is one of my favourite matches of the year so I’m excited for this match-up. The excitement is slightly marred though because of their respective form – Ostapenko has struggled for wins since Wimbledon and I was surprised she needed three sets to close out Townsend, while Sharapova is clearly struggling with injury and was having loads of problems with the serve against Cirstea. A peak Ostapenko performance will see her come through in straights, but I’m not sure she can maintain a good level throughout the whole match. Still, I think she will be a tad more steady than Sharapova. Note that Sharapova is 21-0 in Ashe night matches though!

Bertens d. Vondrousova in two sets – This has been such a good draw for Bertens thus far and while Vondrousova may produce more resistance than her other opponents, I think Bertens’ superior power and confidence will be way too much for the Czech. Vondrousova hasn’t played anyone in the world’s top 100 this week.

Kerber d. Cibulkova in three sets – Kerber leads the head to head 7-5, and has won their last two matches in 2018. This is always a fantastic match-up as their clash of styles is always a fascinating watch. Both needed three sets to get past their second round opponents but their forms are at the end of the spectrum at the moment. Cibulkova’s game has looked great since Wimbledon, while Angie has struggled since the triumph at Wimby and was playing so passively against Larsson and melting in the heat. However, I think Kerber will start raising her game sooner or later – just like in London where she played really mediocrely in the beginning stages, she turned out to be the champion in the end. Just edging towards Kerber here…

Kvitova d. Sabalenka in three sets – Get ready for some hard-hitting! The US Open has been Kvitova’s best Slam in recent years and she has beaten her first two opponents in straight sets, though she did struggle with the heat and humidity in the first sets of both matches. The weather though will be more favourable today with an average of 26 degrees Celsius. Sabalenka’s on a seven-match winning streak and she continues to bring her best tennis throughout this whole US hard court swing. Almost impossible to predict, but I think all the matches might affect Sabalenka here.

Siniakova d. Tsurenko in three sets – Siniakova’s matches in New York have been absolute rollercoasters and her last straight set win on the WTA tour was four months ago, in Roland Garros! Tsurenko played so well against Wozniacki but she had the trainer on a couple of times in that match, and backing up a big win is never easy. Again another tough match to predict; I’ll go with Siniakova here.

Osaka d. Sasnovich in two sets – Feel Sasnovich always struggles with hard-hitters as her game is more based on counter-punching and good movement. Osaka was in superb form in her last match and I think she’ll overpower Sasnovich.

Garcia d. Suarez Navarro in three sets – We were so close to a Garcia-Mladenovic clash… so happy for Carla to win though! Suarez Navarro has played some good tennis over the US hard court swing but playing hard-hitters is always a struggle. This one will depend on Garcia’s level and she has been so up and down this season. Again, a toss-up.

Day 5 – US Open Predictions

Stephens d. Azarenka in three sets Preview

S.Williams d. V.Williams in three setsPreview

Mertens d. Strycova in two sets – Strycova hasn’t faced anyone inside the world’s top 80 this week so this will be a huge step in quality. Mertens has been so steady and consistent throughout this whole US swing, think her quality will shine through here.

Svitolina d. Q.Wang in two sets – Svitolina leads the head to head 2-0, however both wins came in tight three-setters. Think it’s a tight match-up for Svitolina as she finds it difficult to hit through Wang with the latter’s quick footspeed. However Wang must be feeling fatigue at some point coming from Indonesia though. 

Ka.Pliskova d. Kenin in two sets – From the HLs, Ka.Pliskova looked impressive against Bogdan. Not exactly impressed by Kenin’s game though she’s a good fighter – this one will likely come down to how Pliskova plays. I think the Czech will get this comfortably.

Sevastova d. Makarova in three sets – Makarova recorded her 13th top 10 win at a Slam and was very impressive against Goerges even when she wasted all kinds of leads. Still not convinced with her game though, especially when Sevastova has bucket loads of variety to disturb her ryhthm. However Makarova does lead the head to head 3-0, but I feel like edging towards Sevastova as she always seems to produce her best tennis at the US Open. This is a third straight match I’m going against Makarova!

Barty d. Muchova in two sets – Watched the latter stages of Muchova upsetting Muguruza and she does have a really clean game and especially, a strong forehand. Barty is more experienced on the big stages but she will be trying to reach the second week of a Slam for the first time in her career. Expect some nerves from both players, but Barty should be more solid here.

Kanepi d. Peterson in three sets – Outside court pick of the day as both have really clean and powerful ball-striking, but on their bad days a lot can go wrong. Edging with Kanepi with her experience and her liking for the US Open.

Day 4 – US Open Predictions

Kerber d. Larsson in two sets – Don’t see an upset, Kerber has won their past three meetings comfortably.

Sharapova d. Cirstea in three sets – Cirstea can hit the ball but a day when she can get everything together is really rare. Not sure whether Sharapova’s having any injury issues right now but I’ll go for her to get this one in a tight one.

Kvitova d. Y.Wang in two sets – Wang Yafan does have a steady game and can easily make life difficult for Kvitova if the Czech’s having an off day or having difficulties dealing with the heat. Still going for Kvitova though.

Keys d. Pera in two sets – The pair had a fun three-set encounter at Charleston this year, where Keys barely edged past her in a 6-2 6-7(5) 7-5 scoreline. That was when Pera was in winning form though – since the grass court swing Pera has only won three matches. I think Keys will power through this one.

Wozniacki d. Tsurenko in two sets – Not a walk in the park but expecting Wozniacki to be a tad more solid and win most of the important points.

Sasnovich d. Kasatkina in three sets – Just have a feeling this could be an upset? Sasnovich has had a good few months, having won 13 matches since Wimbledon while Kasatkina was quite vulnerable against Babos in R1 here. 

Garcia d. Puig in three sets – Surprisingly Puig leads the head to head 3-0 but feel this match-up is solely decided on their performance on that day. Both looked in stellar form in their first rounders and have really similar games so I’m torn. Think Garcia will come through in a tough one here.

Osaka d. Glushko in two sets – Good draw for Osaka so far. Osaka to win.

Bouchard d. Vondrousova in three sets – Bouchard has won four matches in a row after coming from qualifying and hasn’t dropped a set so far though she hasn’t played anyone in the world’s top 100. Vondrousova has had it tough backing up her breakthrough year and has suffered many strange losses over the season. Expecting a messy match, perhaps favouring Bouchard.

Ostapenko d. Townsend in two sets – Don’t see Townsend able to use her tricky game to good effect against such a hard-hitter. If she doesn’t go too wayward I think Ostapenko will win in straights.

Suarez Navarro d. Mladenovic in two sets – Actually just watched Carla’s loss to Sabalenka in New Haven and it wasn’t a bad loss for her at all, she actually played great tennis in the second set. Mladenovic has been so inconsistent this season and if Suarez Navarro’s able to be steady enough I think she’ll win.

Bertens d. Di Lorenzo in two sets – Bertens to win…

Siniakova d. Tomljanovic in three sets – This could be the messiest match ever… Tomljanovic has been the more solid pair of the two this season but both players’ games can definitely go haywire, especially in a big match. Slightly favouring Siniakova…

Sabalenka d. Zvonareva in two sets – Wonder if Zvonareva can keep up with Sabalenka’s pace and aggression. The Belarusian must feel fatigue at some point but I don’t think it’ll come in this match.

Flipkens d. Krunic in two sets – The pair played a great final in ‘s-Hertogenbosch on grass but since then both have been struggling for wins, especially Krunic. Think Flipkens gets this comfortably.

Cibulkova d. Hsieh in three sets – Remember the drama in Wimbledon so this could be interesting! Should be a very close and hard-fought encounter, edging towards Cibulkova on hard courts though.

Day 3 – US Open Predictions

Stephens d. Kalinina in two sets – Stephens for a quick win…

S.Williams d. Witthoeft in two sets – Should be another quick win for another American on Ashe.

Svitolina d. Maria in two sets – Maria defeated Svitolina 7-6(3) 4-6 6-1 in Wimbledon, but that was on Maria’s best surface and Svitolina’s worst. Svitolina dropped a set against Vickery in her first rounder but feel she should play better this time round. I think she’ll be motivated to find a way to get past Maria here.

Giorgi d. V.Williams in three sets – Random Peak Giorgi has been a thing this year and she’ll definitely be fearless and going for her shots in this one. Venus played one of her best matches of the year against Kuznetsova but winning back-to-back matches has been a struggle for Venus this year. Think Giorgi could pull off the upset…

Muguruza d. Muchova in two sets – Muguruza looked good against Zhang, think she’ll win comfortably here.

Goerges d. Makarova in three sets – Goerges won their last meeting just last week in New Haven, 6-4 6-2. Both players have tendencies to blow hot and cold in matches but I’ll go with Goerges who should ultimately be more consistent in the end.

Sakkari d. Kenin in three sets – Don’t think this will be easy for Sakkari as Kenin has the home support on her and can definitely frustrate Sakkari with her defence. Still going for the seed though.

Azarenka d. Gavrilova in three sets – Absolutely surprised Gavrilova double bagelled Sorribes Tormo in her first rounder. Perhaps that will give her some confidence going forward? Azarenka just does everything a tad better than Gavrilova and even if she isn’t in her prime at the moment I expect her to take advantage of Gavrilova’s serving woes.

Barty d. Safarova in three sets – Feel Barty does play well against a hard-hitter – her last four losses have come to counter-punchers and her slice to disturb the rhythms of these players is definitely a key weapon. Safarova hasn’t played too many singles matches of late but is always dangerous and lurking. Could be a real and fun battle.

Strycova d. Arruabarrena in two sets – Both players have similar styles but Strycova is craftier and more powerful. Don’t see Arruabarrena thriving on faster hard courts against a solid defender.

Ka.Pliskova d. Bogdan in three sets – Actually think Ka.Pliskova could drop a set here? She hasn’t been convincing of late while Bogdan has been thriving on the US hard courts so far. Bogdan has a clean and powerful game and could certainly cause troubles for the Czech if her serve isn’t working.

Q.Wang d. Begu in three sets – Feels like this could be the epitome of a messy match. Wang just.

Peterson d. King in three sets – Peterson’s aiming for a first third round appearance at a Slam and I would expect some nerves. King is a good competitor but doesn’t have too many weapons. Think Peterson’s firepower will come through eventually.

Mertens d. Lapko in two sets – Read that Mertens was struggling with injury in her first rounder and this is a similar match-up to Nara. If she’s fully fit I think she’ll do well here.

Sevastova d. Liu in two sets – Was so impressed by Liu’s near upset win over Angie Kerber in Wimbledon and I’m happy she’s continuing to rise to prominence. I think though she’ll be overwhelmed by Sevastova’s buckets of variety. The Latvian seems to love playing in New York.

Kanepi d. Teichmann in three sets – Another player who seems to love the US Open is Kanepi and should be brimming with confidence after a win over No.1 Halep – backing up a huge win is never going to be an easy feat though. Teichmann is a solid player and lack of focus and inconsistency will allow Teichmann a foothold into this one. Think Kanepi will just edge through this one though.

Day 2 – US Open Selected Predictions

Wozniacki d. Stosur in two sets – Wozniacki leads the head to head 7-5, with their last encounter coming in 2016 – since then a lot has changed! This year has been a dire season for Stosur and while Wozniacki hasn’t won a match since Wimbledon and has struggled with injury, she should be way too solid for the Australian.

Ostapenko d. Petkovic in three sets – Upset alert as Ostapenko hasn’t won a match since Wimbledon and Petkovic has played decent tennis this year, most notably a semifinal run in Washington and a good outing at the French Open. Tentatively with Ostapenko as these two players can be really inconsistent at times.

Kerber d. Gasparyan in two sets – Kerber has only won one match since her Wimbledon triumph and has mentioned she’s struggling to adapt from grass to hard courts, but Gasparyan shouldn’t be too much of an issue as the Russian’s still on the comeback trail after surgery.

Sharapova d. Schnyder in two sets – Sharapova will be facing off with the Swiss for the first time in ten years! Don’t see Sharapova having too many problems unless she’s having a dire day.

Konta d. Garcia in three sets – Huge upset alert as Konta has found some momentum since the French Open, while Garcia has produced flashes of brilliance but has unable to sustain it during a tournament all year. Both have pretty similar gamestyles and both of their games can go off track when confidence is low, which I feel is what Garcia’s facing right now. The Brit for the win.

Kvitova d. Wickmayer in two sets – Don’t see Wickmayer causing issues even though Petra has played a lot of tennis and she’ll be feeling the effects of the heat.

Flipkens d. Vandeweghe in two sets – Not ideal a draw at all for Vandeweghe who’s defending semifinalist points; she’s had an injury-filled year and has only played 23 matches this year, and two since Wimbledon. Flipkens’ exactly the type of player who can slice and dice Vandeweghe to death.

Bertens d. Kr.Pliskova in two sets – This is a very good draw for Bertens who is in the form of her life. Wonder if the added attention and pressure may get to her though. Don’t see too many issues in this one as Kr.Pliskova has only won five matches on hard courts this year.

Sabalenka d. Collins in two sets – Sabalenka’s a winning machine and she just won her first WTA title in New Haven. Don’t think fatigue will get to her that soon and Collins has only won just six games combined in her previous two matches.

Kasatkina d. Babos in two sets – The type of player Kasatkina will struggle against, yet since March Babos has only won three matches and is out of confidence at the moment.

Kontaveit d. Siniakova in three sets – Siniakova’s on a four-match losing streak and is just struggling with confidence in her singles game at the moment. Kontaveit hasn’t been able to reach the heights of some of her deep runs last year but has had a decent few weeks since Wimbledon. Could be a messy watch.

Cornet d. Larsson in two sets – Surface and form all in favour of Cornet who is brimming with confidence since winning the title in Gstaad and claiming two top 15 wins, while Larsson is on a four-match losing streak.

Vondrousova d. Buzarnescu in two sets – Wonder if Buzarnescu’s coming back too early here. I think if she’s not feeling too confident about her ankle Vondrousova will get this.

Sasnovich d. Bencic in three sets – Really like both players’ games and they have really nice clean striking on their groundstrokes. Slightly with Sasnovich who has looked more confident since Wimbledon.

Day 1 – US Open Selected Predictions

Kuznetsova d. V.Williams in three sets Definitely one the highlights of the first rounders between two former US Open champions. Form definitely points to Kuznetsova as the former World No.2’s been on a roll in the US, while Venus struggled with a knee injury in Montreal and withdrew from Cincinnati. The WTA always brings out surprises though so I won’t be surprised Venus comes out with a victory! 50-50 match but I’ll stick with Kuznetsova.

S.Williams d. Linette in two sets – Don’t see Linette causing too many problems as she’ll definitely be overawed being on the biggest tennis stadium in the world for the first time in her career. Serena looked good in Cincinnati and this is a very good opener for her.

Halep d. Kanepi in two sets – Won’t be surprised if this turns out very competitive as Kanepi’s done well in New York before (reaching QFs here last year) and she has a power game to outhit the World No.1. Wonder though if the idea of defending points will affect Kanepi and also, she hasn’t won back-to-back matches at WTA main draw level since January. Halep’s been in great form and she’ll definitely be coming into this with a ton of confidence. Ultimately, the Romanian’s quality should shine through.

Stephens d. Rodina in two sets – Ideal opener for Stephens to start off her title defence as Rodina doesn’t have the weapons to outhit her.

Svitolina d. Vickery in two setsVickery hasn’t been able to win too many matches since her breakthrough at Indian Wells. Svitolina’s been just solid in Montreal and Cincinnati and I’ll expect that to help her to get through this clash.

Ka.Pliskova d. Diyas in two setsPliskova has only won two matches out of three events in North America and her form has generally looked wayward since the grass. Perhaps a new coaching consultant in Martinez will help her get going. I don’t think Diyas will provide a lot of resistance if Pliskova can get her hard-hitting working.

Muguruza d. S.Zhang in two setsWould expect Zhang to cause some troubles having won their previous encounter in Doha, but the Chinese has struggled for quality wins this year and is coming from the Asian Games in Indonesia. Muguruza has only played one match since Wimbledon but generally raises her game for the Slams. Two tight sets for Muguruza.

Sevastova d. Vekic in three setsDefinitely one of the highlights of the first rounders as two players with different gamestyles pits up against each other. Sevastova leads the head to head 3-0, and is the higher ranked player, but Vekic has had the better results at Slams this season with a fourth round appearance at Wimbledon. This doesn’t seem like an easy match-up for Vekic as it’s tough to hit through Sevastova’s relentless defence and buckets of variety. Sevastova has also reached the quarterfinals at the US Open for the last two years, and she generally seems to enjoy the vibe of New York. The WTA always produces surprises so this could go either way, but most stats point to Sevastova, so I’ll go for the safer pick. Hope this turns out to be fantastic!

Barty d. Jabeur in two setsBoth have lethal backhand slices and variety, but Barty is the way more consistent player and has been solid throughout the entire season.
Sakkari d. Muhammad in two sets – Sakkari snagged a seeding after a run to the final in San Jose and I think she’ll be too solid for Muhammad.

Mertens d. Nara in two setsMertens won their previous meeting in Hobart comfortably and she just does everything a little better than Nara. Mertens has looked in great form the last three weeks.

Goerges d. Kalinskaya in two setsKalinskaya has a hard-hitting game and should be confident coming from qualifying, but I think Goerges will edge this out with her experience in two tight sets.

Radwanska d. Maria in two setsRadwanska hasn’t won a match since Wimbledon, but both losses have come to top 10 players. Maria has only won two WTA main draw matches on hard courts and her slice won’t be able to outhit Aga.

Dolehide d. Witthoeft in two setsWitthoeft has been in disastrous form his year with a 9-22 win-loss record, and while Dolehide hasn’t been winning too many matches since the French Open, she’s the stronger and more confident player right now.

Lapko d. Bondarenko in three sets – Both players have good, steady games, but Lapko hasn’t won back-to-back matches anywhere since May, while Bondarenko retired in her most recent match at New Haven. Lapko should be a touch more solid in this one.

Watson d. Makarova in three sets – This match-up has three-set mess written all over it. Watson has actually had a decent summer, pushing Venus to three sets in San Jose, reaching the final of the ITF 100K event in Vancouver and qualifying for the main draw here with three straight-set wins. Makarova has had decent results here and there but has generally been very inconsistent this year. With some good wins under her belt of late, I think Watson could edge this one out.

Peterson d. Pavlyuchenkova in three sets – I’ve watched Peterson a few times and she has a powerful but pretty solid game. It’s exactly the type of play that can successfully unravel Pavlyuchenkova’s game as the Russian can never really find a way to sustain a high level, and has performed really badly in the recent Slams as she has not won back-to-back matches at a Slam since the 2017 Australian Open. Sensing an upset here…

Rybarikova d. Q.Wang in three sets – Wang’s coming from the Asian Games in Indonesia so it was definitely a longgg flight to New York! Rybarikova’s exactly the type of player that you won’t want to meet when you’re tired as she just keeps getting balls back and frustrate you with variety. Rybarikova’s game is not as effective on hard court but I think she’ll edge through this one.

Safarova d. Martic in three sets – Both players have been decent this year with some solid results here and there. I’ll go for Safarova’s firepower to come through in a tight three-setter.

Gavrilova d. Sorribes Tormo in three sets – This could be a complete mess as Gavrilova is so low on confidence right now and her serve is usually in ruins, while Sorribes Tormo’s game is based on relentless defence and high loopy topspin. I won’t be surprised if Sorribes Tormo comes through as Gavrilova’s results at Slams outside of the Australian Open has never been convincing, but the Australian should come through eventually.