This time last year, Barbora Krejcikova was outside the top 100 and competing at ITF level events. A year later Krejcikova is a grand slam champion and a contender for every tournament she plays. A game full of variety and personality has earned her a big following, now she looks to end a wonderful season with a second grand slam title.
Garbine Muguruza seems to be finding her rhythm again after injuries have delayed much of her progress in the middle of the 2021 season. Three tough wins over Donna Vekic, Andrea Petkovic and Victoria Azarenka as she looks to gain grand slam winning form again. With renewed confidence to boot, can Muguruza now win her third grand slam title?
Power meets variety in this heavyweight clash of grand slam champions. For one of these players the US Open dream will be over, match-ups say Krejickova should win, confidence and performances this week say Muguruza should win. Either way the New York crowd are in for a gritty fourth round match on prime night session billing.
Prediction: Krejcikova in three sets.
Felix Auger-Aliassime  v Frances Tiafoe H2H & Match Fundamentals
For the fourth time in his last six grand slam appearances, Felix Auger-Aliassime is into the last 16. It’s now starting to feel that the Canadian is putting his form together at some of the sport’s big events. A five set win over Roberto Bautista Agut is proof of his new found maturity and tactical ability as he looks to reach the last eight of a grand slam for the second time in his career.
Felix’s opponent also has found some form and consistency in New York as Frances Tiafoe is in the last 16 of the US Open for the first time of his career. The American notched up a big top 10 win when he edged out Cincinnati finalist Andrey Rublev in five sets. Now Tiafoe is looking to realise his potential and go deep at his home grand slam.
Both players have big serves and big ground-strokes to match in what should be an entertaining clash. However Auger-Aliassime’s experience should pay off here as his confident level of play should see him into the last eight of the US Open for the first time.
Elina Svitolina has gone under the radar at this year’s US Open but she is into the second week without losing a set and building on the form that saw her win Chicago the week before the US Open. After winning a bronze medal at the Olympics, the Ukrainian is now looking to make a deep grand slam run after a disappointing European swing.
Despite injury concerns and not playing most of the European swing, Simona Halep is back to her brilliant best. Wins over Camila Giorgi,Kristina Kucova and an epic three set battle against Elena Rybakina sees her in pole position to be a dark horse for the US Open title. At her weakest grand slam, can the Romanian win her third grand slam title.
It’s a rivalry that has always given us entertaining matches between these two baseline warriors and that is guaranteed. The slight edge will go to Svitolina considering her form but Halep’s victories over tough opponents will give her belief that she can reach her second US Open quarter-final.
Prediction: Halep in three sets.
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