US Open, 🇺🇸🍎🗽🚕 QF Preview + Prediction:
(1) 🇨🇿 Karolina Pliskova vs (20) 🇺🇸 CoCo Vandeweghe
Karolina Pliskova’s destiny is now in her own hands in New York. Pliskova will retain her world number 1 ranking if she is to reach the final at Flushing Meadows but she will be hoping to go one step further than 2016 and win the title. Pliskova is a pretty clear favourite to win the title from here now that the majority of her main rivals are eliminated from the tournament. However, Pliskova will face a big test on Wednesday when she comes up against a red-hot CoCo Vandeweghe. The head-to-head record between Pliskova and Vandeweghe is split at 2 wins apiece, there really is very little to separate these two, meaning this should be a very close encounter with so much on the line. Can Vandeweghe cause an upset?
Pliskova and Vandeweghe have both come through some very tough matches on route to reaching this quarter-final stage. Both Pliskova and Vandeweghe have won a couple of three set matches, Pliskova saved match point in her third round match against Shuai Zhang whilst Vandeweghe also had a tough third round win as she overcame Agnieszka Radwanska in a tight third set. Pliskova and Vandeweghe both confirmed their spots in the quarter-finals with straight set wins on Monday, Pliskova thrashed Jennifer Brady 6-1 6-0 whilst Vandeweghe defeated Lucie Safarova 6-4 7-6.
I’m going to go for the upset here. There is very little to separate these two and they have similar strengths and weaknesses. Some of the major differences are that all the pressure is on Pliskova here, Pliskova is expected to win and has a lot of pressure to win a Grand Slam and back up her number 1 rankings. Whilst Vandeweghe can play with freedom as the underdog and with the crowd right behind her. Vandeweghe is playing with a new sense of freedom under Pat Cash and I think she is a better player right now than she was 6 months ago. This match will be decided by a few points here and there, expect the more dynamic game of Vandeweghe to pull through.