US Open, 🇺🇸🍎🗽🚕 R3 Preview + Prediction
(1) 🇨🇿 Karolina Pliskova vs (27) 🇨🇳 Shuai Zhang
World number 1 Karolina Pliskova survived a scare in the second round at Flushing Meadows, Pliskova was forced to came from a set down to defeat Nicole Gibbs and set up a third round clash with China’s Shuai Zhang. Pliskova will be happy to see Shuai Zhang in the third round, Pliskova holds a perfect 4-0 head-to-head record over Zhang and easily accounted for Zhang 6-2 6-0 in their most recent match in Doha earlier this year. Pliskova will be hoping for an improved performance on Saturday and another straightforward win over Zhang as she continues her quest to claim a maiden Grand Slam title and go one step better than her runner-up appearance in New York last year.
Shuai Zhang brings decent form into this match and has shown that she can be dangerous against the best players in the world. Zhang claimed a good win over Petra Kvitova in New Haven last week and started her New York campaign with a 6-7 6-3 6-0 win over Sabine Lisicki. Zhang secured her spot in the third round with a dominant 6-0 6-3 win over Risa Ozaki. Despite, Zhang’s decent recent form she is unlikely to have much success against Pliskova, an opponent she doesn’t match up well against. Pliskova has all the weapons to hurt Zhang and enjoys the kind of solid pace that Zhang plays with from the baseline. When Pliskova is on, this is a great match-up for her and I think she will bring a much improved performance here after her second round scare.