(16) Victoria Azarenka vs Elena Vesnina
Two-time finalist Victoria Azarenka will be hot favourite to reach the second week in New York when she comes up against Elena Vesnina in the third round on Saturday.
Vika seems to be getting closer and closer to her best. The former world number 1 was forced to come from a set down to defeat Misaki Doi in her opening match, Vika’s competitive edge seemed to get her over the line in the second set before she ran away with the match in the third set. Vika made another tentative start in her second round match against McHale, falling 0-3 behind in the opening set. Vika was able to raise her level, unsettling McHale by pushing her back behind the baseline. Vika won 12 of the last 14 games to win 6-3 6-2.
Elena Vesnina reached the third round of the US Open for the first time since 2009 with a tight three set victory over Marina Erakovic. Vesnina’s singles results have been quite ordinary this year however she continues to excel with doubles partner Ekaterina Makarova.
Vika has a perfect 5-0 record over Elena Vesnina; the Belarusian has won each match in straight sets. Their two most recent matches took place in 2013 with Vika comprehensively defeating Vesnina on both occasions. Azarenka should come through this match in straight sets to set a likely fourth round match against Petra Kvitova.
Prediction: Victoria Azarenka to defeat Elena Vesnina 2 sets