Xiaodi You (@4.4) vs Jelena Ostapenko (@1.22)

Our Prediction:

Jelena Ostapenko will win

Xiaodi You – Jelena Ostapenko Match Prediction | 10-09-2019 06:00

In the first round, she faced the experienced German Andrea Petkovic, once ranked as high as 9th in the world, who, in a match that lasted almost two-and-a-half hours, she managed tobeat 6-4 4-6 7-5. Her next match lasted one minute longer as she rallied from a set down to best Taylor Townsend of the United States 4-6 6-3 6-4. Ostapenko hasbeen stretcheda little more by her two opponents and has been taken the distance by both.

This match should provide a very engaging watch for the fans in New York. Both players will go for their shots and a high number of winners and unforced errors seems almost certain based on how they have played so far. But Sharapovas serve has been a cause for concern, and that should give Ostapenko a decisive advantage. This one will go to three sets, but expect Ostapenko to get it done in a tight deciding set.

Cornet has already halted one 2018 unbeaten run after defeating Julia Goerges and will be looking for another here. Sam: A total contrast of on-court styles as the ice-cool Elise Mertens takes on the emotional but entertaining Alize Cornet. Mertens fightback from 5-0 down against Gavrilova in the first set demonstrated a steely grit that will see her advance past her geographical neighbor.

Given that Sharapova has been absent for a large portion of Ostapenkos career, it is no surprise that these two have met just once. After dropping the first set in a lengthy tiebreaker, the Russian fought back to win 6-7 6-4 7-5. That match came earlier this year in the Italian Open quarterfinals where Sharapova managed to get over the line just. That match, however, occurred on clay, Sharapovas favoured surface in recent years.

Marta Kostyuk vs Elina Svitolina

She comes up against the more experienced Petra Martic, who had to ground out a tough straight-sets win in her second-round match against Irina-Camelia Begu. James:Luksika Kumkhum pulled off one of the upsets of the tournament when she beat Belinda Bencic in the second round. The next round will be a step too far. Lower-ranked players often get ahead of themselves when they cause a big upset at Grand Slams, and I fear that this will be the case for Kumkhum.

Ostapenko, in particular, is extremely aggressive, and is renowned for her high-risk high-reward game style. This will be an entertaining match to watch, with both players aggressive baseliners with the propensity to hit winners. Indeed, the Latvian made headlines last year at the Championships when it was revealed her forehands were faster, on average, than then defending champion Andy Murrays.

She beat wildcard Katy Dunne 6-3 7-6 to start the tournament, before disposing of Kirsten Flipkens 6-1 6-3 in the second round. She hasnt yet dropped a set during her five matches, but is also yet to face a seeded player. In the third round, she crushed Vitalia Diatchenko 6-0 6-4, before comfortably beating Aliaksandra Sasnovich 7-6 6-0. Ostapenko has had an interesting tournament. She then conquered #33 Dominika Cibulkova with a 7-5 6-4 win.

The world No.5 struggled through her second round match and will want to lay down a marker in this one, to both herself and her opponents. James:What a journey it has been for teenager Marta Kostyuk so far. The Ukrainian has overcome the odds to reach the third round at this years Australian Open, but Svitolina will prove a step too far for the fifteen-year-old.

Marta Kostyuk has been breathtaking and, at just 15, can play with plenty of freedom as she has nothing to lose. Regardless of how tight she can get at Slams, this gives her enough of an edge to win. That said, Elina Svitolina presumably has a big advantage that she knows at least a little bit about how her countrywoman plays. Sam: Not every fairytale can have a happy ending.

Path to the third round

Nonetheless, expect many points in this match to be finished relatively quickly as each player looks to overpower the other. Kerber is a capable defender, and will make her opponent search for the lines more so than usual, with the German more than able to turn defence into attack. That is particularly true off her forehand, with Kerber possessing one of the best running forehands in the game, which she displayed with a fine winner against Liu.

Perhaps unsurprisingly considering Ostapenko hasnt been on the Tour for long, this will be the pairs first meeting. Ostapenko only competed in her first Grand Slam event in 2015, but had a fine year at the Majors last season, reaching at least the third round at all four and winning the French. Kerber disappointed last year, but does have two Slams to her name having bookended 2016 with victories in Melbourne and New York, whilst also reaching the Wimbledon final.

This will be a close one. But expect Kerbers greater consistency to tell in her favour with the German advancing to her second Wimbledon final after three close sets. Both have been very solid throughout the tournament, but have yet to face an opponent of each others quality. Its hard to see either player getting comfortably on top of the other at any point throughout the match, and a three-setter seems almost inevitable.

Who will come out on top? Ostapenko, the 10th seed, is a rising star hoping to add to the Grand Slam title she won at Roland Garros last year. Jelena Ostapenko and Maria Sharapova may be at vastlydifferent stages of their careers, but both have title ambitions at the US Open. Sharapova, the 22nd seed, in contrast, is a former US Open winner and five-time Grand Slam champion, still fighting her way back from the WADA ban which saw her miss large parts of 2016 and 2017.