Xiaodi You (@4.4) vs Jelena Ostapenko (@1.22)
10-09-2019

Our Prediction:

Jelena Ostapenko will win

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

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.

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.

Kerber is a two-time Grand Slam winner and former Wimbledon finalist, but she has never been able to go all the way at the All England Club. Ostapenko, at just 21 years of age, also has a Major to her name after lifting the title in Paris last year and last year made the final eight at Wimbledon. In a battle between the two highest seeds left in the draw, Angelique Kerber and Jelena Ostapenko face off for a place in the Wimbledon final.

How do they match up?

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.

Nonetheless, both have impressed me this week so far, and this could be a good contest between two players who see an opportunity to put a good Grand Slam run together. James:I feel guilty when predicting this match, as I wrongly predicted both of these players second-round matches. I am giving Mertens the edge because I think that she has the mental edge over Cornet, but then again, with these two, anything can happen.

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.

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.

Odds Comparison

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.

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.

Sharapova took the first set easily before being pushed in the second, eventually winning 6-2 7-6 in just under two hours. In the first round, she faced Swiss veteran Patty Schnyder, the oldest qualifier in Grand Slam history. Her second match, against Romanias Sorana Cirstea, finished with almost the exactsame scoreline in the exactsame amount of time as she won 6-2 7-5 in an hour and 51 minutes. Sharapovas two wins at this event so far have been quitesimilar.

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.

RealSport previews the exciting third round US Open match up between 10th seed Jelena Ostapenko, and 22nd seed and former US Open champion Maria Sharapova.

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.

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.

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.