A relatively comfortable opening week is set for Barty with Jennifer Brady being the perfect last 16 opponent with the American being plagued by injuries in the second half of the 2021 season. An intriguing quarter-final with Iga Swiatek could be the Australian’s main obstacle en route to reaching the final even if Karolina Pliskova is playing some of the best tennis of her career. Overall the world number one has avoided the main threats as she is the favourite to win a third grand slam title.
Sabalenka could face tough second and third round matches against Roland Garros quarter-finalist Tamara Zidansek and San Jose champion Danielle Collins. These are looking like her most likely ways to exit the tournament before the semi-finals. If Sabalenka gets past those matches then she is a dangerous match-up for anybody but it’s going to be tough for the Belarusian.
Osaka couldn’t have wished for a tougher draw with Marie Bouzkova and Yulia Putintseva more than capable of taking advantage of early vulnerabilities of the defending champion. The third seed’s second week doesn’t get any easier with the Japanese player only having a winning record against two players in her projected run. Osaka will need to produce a champions performance to claim her third US Open title.
A third round clash with Petra Martic will test Pliskova’s current confidence but other than that the Wimbledon finalist will be happy with her draw and know that if she can bring her top level consistently she can trouble any player in the world even the world number one.
The US Open takes place from the 30th of August-12th of September
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