2021 US Open Women’s Quarterfinals Predictions
The quarterfinals are upon us. After an exciting week of tennis, and multiple upsets, once again there is incredible parity and chaos on the women’s draw. The number one seed, Barty is gone. Defending champion Osaka is gone as well. That being said there are some heavy favorites left in the draw. Let’s look at the matchups:
Svitolina (5) vs. Fernandez
In my opinion, this is the most appetizing matchup in the women’s quarterfinals. This has been Fernandez’s coming-out party. She’s taken out Osaka and Kerber, two former champions with exciting tennis and determination. Svitolina on the other hand has just come from a solid tournament win in Chicago and has now cruised into the quarterfinals, playing some gritty tennis. Svitolina has dispatched four solid players without losing a set. Those wins included former number one Simona Halep. Expect a heck of a match with lots of screaming fans and box office forehands. Svitolina wins in three sets.
Krejcikova (8) vs. Sabalenka (2)
Krejcikova is making a run at a Grand Slam again. She won the French Open in the spring, coming out of nowhere to take that title. After a summer with a lack of match play, she seems to be following that script again. Sabalenka stands in her way though. If it was any other player not named Sabalenka I’d give her a shot. However, outside of Barty and Osaka, Sabalenka is the overwhelming favorite right now to win this title. Sabalenka wins in straight sets.
Bencic (11) vs. Raducanu
Raducanu is one of the youngsters that is making major noise at this year’s US Open. She’s a likable teenager with an exciting game. Six months ago, nobody knew who she was, and then she made a run to the round of 16 at Wimbledon. She’s now in the quarters of the US Open and will meet Bencic, who has been playing some outstanding hard-court tennis throughout the US Open. Bencic will have too much power, consistency, and professionalism for Raducanu. Bencic wins in straight sets.
Pliskova (4) vs. Sakkari (17)
This will be a hard-hitting match pitting two intense players against each other. Sakkari is playing out of her mind, beating Andreescu in a three-set thriller to reach the quarters. Meanwhile, Pliskova has been a picture of consistent results this year, especially on hard courts. Pliskova will need to serve well, while Sakkari will want to play with the same intensity that took out Andreescu. Pliskova will be the fresher of the two players. Pliskova wins in three sets.
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