US Open Tennis Predictions: Round 2
This Grand Slam has everything, and yesterday, we were part of the madness as well. From one of the worst front-running performances (Sonego) to an over 2.5 sets that should have cashed at 2-6 5-3 *30-0 (Muchova) to an absolute rollercoaster (Golubic-Andreescu). Lorenzo Sonego has led 5-0 by a triple mini-break in the first set tiebreak just to face set point himself at 6-7 and still win it 10-8. It looked like smooth sailing at 7-6 5-2, but the Italian then lost five games in a row, thus the second set. Sounds crazy enough? He also led 4-1 in the third and 4-0 40-30* in the fourth, just to lose both sets in a tiebreak. Karolina Muchova once again didn’t look alright, and Bianca Andreescu also struggled physically. It looked like our picks hit the bullseye in her match against Golubic at 5-7 6-4 4-2, but the Swiss couldn’t take it home. Let’s see what’s on the menu on Day 3.
Elina Svitolina vs. Rebeka Masarova Prediction
A player you did not expect to hear in the second round of the US Open is Rebeka Masarova. The Swiss-born Spaniard has qualified with wins over Fett, Arruabarrena, and Cristian and had a remarkable first-round match, beating Ana Bogdan 6-7 7-6 7-6. She converted her sixth match point and had to save two of her own. Diehards may have come across Masarova’s name before as she’s been a top 2 junior and also reached the semifinal at the WTA event in Gstaad as a 16-year-old. In her teens, some of the names she already beat are Yastremska, Anisimova, Jankovic, Kontaveit, or Andreescu. Unfortunately, her career then has been slowed down by a car crash and several injuries, so it’s good to see her fulfilling her potential finally.
Masarova possesses the game to fret Svitolina, who often takes a while to adjust to new players and isn’t the most reliable player at Grand Slams anyway. However, I think the spread is a game too high in this one, so I’m taking the +6.5 games with the Spaniard.
Marketa Vondrousova vs. Daria Kasatkina Prediction
One of the more well-rounded matchups today will be the one between Marketa Vondrousova and Daria Kasatkina. Both players can be hot and cold, so I’m curious what this match will have in store for us.
Kasatkina’s two most recent games ended with a score of 6-2 6-1 as she lost to Linette in Cleveland and sent home Pironkova on Day 1. Vondrousova trailed by 2-5 and 30-40* in her first-rounder against Ruse just to save another set point and win 11 games in a row. The Olympic silver medalist lost some of her form as she already lost to Cornet in Chicago. However, I’m expecting her to split sets with Kasatkina at the plus money again.
Roberto Bautista Agut vs. Emil Ruusuvuori Prediction
With discomfort, we look back at Emil Ruusuvuori’s first-round match here in New York. The Finn showed some nerves of steel, saving 11 of the 12 break points Kamil Majchrzak was able to generate. Both him and Bautista Agut suit these faster courts, and I’m not expecting a blowout in this one.
While Ruusuvuori gave up one break, Bautista Agut has not been broken at all in his first-round match against Nick Kyrgios. The Spaniard hit 14 aces and only committed two double faults. Ruusuvuori’s stats look even better as he had 18 aces along his two double faults. This should be a serve-orientated match in which the 36.5 games seem a tad low.
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