Caroline Wozniacki vs. Samantha Stosur, US Open R1 Preview

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🇩🇰 (2) Caroline Wozniacki vs. 🇦🇺 Samantha Stosur

A tough opening round clash at Flushing Meadows sees two former Grand Slam champions go head-to-head as the second seeded Caroline Wozniacki takes on former champion Sam Stosur. Wozniacki and Stosur have both struggled to gain any momentum over the last couple of weeks but both have greater memories in New York. There is a big gap between the two in the rankings but Stosur has a winning record against Wozniacki on hard courts and will fancy her chances of an upset here.

Caroline Wozniacki of Demark during practice at the 2018 US Open Grand Slam tennis tournament

Wozniacki’s season hasn’t been great ever since she finally claimed a maiden Grand Slam title in Melbourne to start the year. Wozniacki hasn’t won a match in over 2 months. The Dane suffered an early loss at Wimbledon at the hands of Ekaterina Makarova and suffered first-up losses in Montreal and Cincinnati. Wozniacki lost to Sabalenka from match-up point up in Montreal and lost to Bertens in Cincinnati. Wozniacki has been struggling with niggling injuries of late and was forced to retire after just 1 set in Cincinnati due to a knee injury.

Sam Stosur fell at the first hurdle in qualifying in both Montreal and Cincinnati, very disappointing results for the Aussie. Stosur had a better week in New Haven, getting through the first couple of matches in the qualifying draw where she was beaten by Camila Giorgi in straight sets. Stosur received a lucky-loser spot in the main draw where she was beaten by Aryna Sabalenka in straight sets.

Wozniacki holds a 7-5 head-to-head record over Stosur. Wozniacki has won the last 3 completed matches between the two, most recently Wozniacki won 6-3 6-2 in Wuhan in 2016. Interestingly, Stosur holds a 4-2 record over Wozniacki on hard courts.

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Angelique Kerber vs. Margarita Gasparyan, US Open R1 Preview

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🇩🇪 (4) Angelique Kerber vs. 🇷🇺 Margarita Gasparyan

2016 US Open champion Angelique Kerber begins her 2018 Flushing Meadows campaign against Russia’s Margarita Gasparyan. Kerber enters this year’s US Open as one of the favourites, the reigning Wimbledon champion now has 3 Grand Slam titles to her name and has proven that she has what it takes to peak at these events. Whilst on paper this looks like a big mismatch, Gasparyan is very talented and heads into this match with nothing to lose. Can the flashy Russian cause a big upset?

Angelique Kerber of Germany in action during her third-round match at the 2018 Western & Southern Open WTA Premier 5 tennis tournament

Whilst Kerber is the most recent Grand Slam champion, she doesn’t necessarily arrive in New York in the greatest of form. Kerber played 2 events between Wimbledon and the US Open, winning just 1 match. Kerber was beaten in her first match in Montreal, a straight set loss to Alize Cornet. Kerber had a better week in Cincinnati, winning an important match against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova from a set down but then went on to lose to Madison Keys from a set and a break up in a match that showed she is still a bit rusty at the moment.

Margarita Gasparyan arrives in New York in good shape. Gasparyan played her only U.S Open series event last week in New Haven where she won a couple of matches in the qualifying draw but fell at the final hurdle in her quest to reach the main draw. The Russian beat Hercog and Hsieh before falling to Puig in 3 sets. Not a bad result considering the week Puig went on to have in New Haven.

This will be the first career meeting between the pair. Gasparyan has a big game, if everything clicks for Gasparyan she will be no pushover.

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Madison Keys vs. Pauline Parmentier, US Open R1 Preview

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🇺🇸 (14) Madison Keys vs. 🇫🇷 Pauline Parmentier

Madison Keys begins her 2018 US Open campaign with what looks like a favourable match-up against Pauline Parmentier. Keys was a runner-up in New York last year, it was an outstanding few weeks for Keys but it all ended in disappointment when she was thrashed in the final, overwhelmed in her first Grand Slam final against Sloane Stephens. It will be interesting to see how Keys responds in her return to New York.

Madison Keys of the United States in action during her quarter-final match at the 2018 Western & Southern Open WTA Premier 5 tennis tournament

Keys played just 1 event in the lead-up to this year’s U.S Open, much less than her usual schedule. Keys reached the quarter-finals in Cincinnati where she claimed a notable victory against Angelique Kerber from a set and a break down before losing to Aryna Sabalenka in straight sets. Keys has reached the later stages of a Grand Slam on several occasions now, most recently a semi-final showing at Roland Garros earlier this year, the task for Keys is to push on and win a major.

Parmentier also played just 1 event in the lead-up to the final Grand Slam of the year. Parmentier fell at the last hurdle in qualifying in New Haven last week, she received a lucky loser spot in the main draw where she was beaten by Anett Kontaveit in the first round in 3 sets.

The only previous match between the pair took place on clay in Fed Cup tie earlier this year, Keys won in 2 tight sets. This is a match-up that features a real contrast in styles, can the experienced Frenchwoman cause problems for Keys?

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Caroline Garcia vs. Johanna Konta, US Open R1 Preview

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🇫🇷 (6) Caroline Garcia vs. 🇬🇧 Johanna Konta

A blockbuster first round clash in New York sees the 6th seeded Caroline Garcia take on British number 1: Johanna Konta. This is a brutal opening round draw for both, Konta is certainly one of the most dangerous unseeded players in this year’s US Open draw. Konta has had the edge in this match-up of late, winning 3 of the last 4 matches between the pair, but Garcia has generally been the more impressive of the two of late.

Caroline Garcia of France in action during her third-round match at the 2018 Western & Southern Open WTA Premier 5 tennis tournament

Caroline Garcia brings decent form into the final Grand Slam of the year. Garcia had a couple of good wins in Montreal and New Haven where she reached the quarter-finals. Garcia is undoubtedly capable of causing a lot of damage at the highest level but she still struggles with inconsistency. Garcia has made it to the third round in the last couple of years in New York and will be aiming to go a couple of steps further in 2018 as the 6th seed.

Johanna Konta will be competing at a Grand Slam event without being seeded for the first time in a while. Perhaps this will be a favourable position for Konta as there is certainly far less pressure on her at the moment. Konta played 4 events in the lead-up to the US Open, her best result was a quarter-final showing in San Jose where she thrashed Serena Williams. Konta arrives in New York fresh from a second round withdrawal in New Haven last week due to a viral illness.

Konta holds a 3-2 head-to-head record over Garcia. The pair met on two occasions in 2017, both went the distance. Garcia defeated Konta in a final set tiebreak in Indian Wells whilst most recently Konta won 7-6 4-6 6-4 at Wimbledon.

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Petra Kvitova vs. Agnieszka Radwanska, New Haven R1 Preview

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🇨🇿 (3) Petra Kvitova vs. 🇵🇱 Agnieszka Radwanska

Petra Kvitova and Agnieszka Radwanska will renew hostilities when they meet at the opening round stage of the Connecticut Open in New Haven on Monday evening. Kvitova and Radwanska are both former champions in New Haven, both are well suited to the relatively quick hard courts. This is always an interesting match-up because of the extreme contrast in styles, power vs. finesse, which prevails?

Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic in action during the semi-final at the 2018 Western & Southern Open WTA Premier 5 tennis tournament

Petra Kvitova has made a fairly good start to her North American hard court swing. Kvitova arrives in New Haven fresh off a semi-final showing in Cincinnati. Kvitova claimed some big victories in Cincinnati, most notably a significant opening round triumph over Serena Williams. The week did however end in disappointment as Petra lost her semi-final from a set up against Kiki Bertens. Kvitova had not previously lost in a semi-final or final in 2018.

Agnieszka Radwanska’s ranking continues to tumble as she plays less and less matches. Radwanska uncharacteristically started her North American hard court swing late, Radwanska skipped San Jose and Montreal before suffering a first round exit in Cincinnati last week at the hands of Karolina Pliskova. Radwanska has been dealt another tough draw in New Haven and will be desperate for a win or she will heads to New York deprived of confidence.

These two have a long history. It is Kvitova who holds a 7-5 H2H record over Radwanska. Radwanska has won 4 of the last 6 meetings between the pair, However Kvitova did claim a 6-7 6-3 6-4 victory in their most recent match in Doha earlier this year. This is a tough match-up for both as both have strengths to challenge the strengths of their opponent.

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Dominika Cibulkova vs Daria Gavrilova, New Haven Final Preview

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Final: (2) 🇸🇰 Dominika Cibulkova vs 🇦🇺 Daria Gavrilova

The final match before all attention turns to the U.S Open promises to be an exciting one on Saturday as the second seeded Dominika Cibulkova comes up against Daria Gavrilova in the final of the Connecticut Open. Cibulkova and Gavrilova both claimed super-impressive semi-final victories on Friday evening and head into Saturday’s final full of confidence. Cibulkova will be aiming for her first title of the year whilst Daria Gavrilova will be fighting for her first ever WTA title. Cibulkova comfortably defeated Gavrilova in straight sets at Wimbledon last year in their only previous match, the New Haven final promises to be a much closer encounter between two feisty competitors.

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Agnieszka Radwanska vs Daria Gavrilova, New Haven SF Preview

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SF #2: (1) 🇵🇱 Agnieszka Radwanska vs 🇦🇺 Daria Gavrilova

Friday’s second semi-final for the Connecticut Open in New Haven sees the top seed and defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska take on Daria Gavrilova. Radwanska has claimed a couple of tough straight set wins to reach the semi-final stage where she face what is likely to be her biggest challenge of the tournament thus far. Daria Gavrilova is on a roll, the Aussie is playing great tennis in New Haven and will be full of confidence heading into this big match. This will be the first career meeting between the pair in what should a very entertaining match-up between two unique types of players.

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Dominika Cibulkova vs Elise Mertens, New Haven SF Preview

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SF #1: (2) 🇸🇰 Dominika Cibulkova vs (Q) 🇧🇪 Elise Mertens

Dominika Cibulkova will be competing in her third semi-final of the year on Friday at the Connecticut Open. Cibulkova will be hoping it’s third time lucky as she aims to reach her first final of the year, standing in her way in Belgian qualifier Elise Mertens. Cibulkova and Mertens have had very different pathways to the semi-finals, Cibulkova has won a pair of tight matches whilst Mertens has already won 5 matches having come through the qualifying draw. This will be the first ever meeting between the pair.

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Agnieszka Radwanska vs Shuai Peng, New Haven QF Preview

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QF: (1) 🇵🇱 Agnieszka Radwanska vs (8) 🇨🇳 Shuai Peng

Agnieszka Radwanska will continue her title defense at the Connecticut Open on Thursday when she comes up against Shuai Peng at the quarter-final stage in New Haven. Radwanska and Peng both breezed through their second round clashes in straight sets and are seemingly in decent form heading into this clash. The head-to-head record between the two is currently split at three wins apiece. Peng has won their two most recent clashes and has generally been playing the better tennis this year, can Peng again get the better of the Pole? 

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Dominika Cibulkova vs Alize Cornet, New Haven R2 Preview

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R2: (2) 🇸🇰 Dominika Cibulkova vs 🇫🇷 Alize Cornet

Dominika Cibulkova and Alize Cornet will renew hostilities when they collide at the second round stage of the Connecticut Open on Wednesday evening. This will be the 10th meeting between the pair, matches between these two are usually high quality, fiercely contested encounters. As the second seed Cibulkova received a bye into the second round whilst Alize Cornet booked a meeting with Cibulkova courtesy of a 6-0 6-0 demolition of Yulia Putintseva.

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